Greece Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Hellenic Republic | Ελληνική Δημοκρατία

Greece is an island in southeastern Europe, at the end of the Balkan Peninsula. With several thousand islands spreading out to its south, it borders Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria to its north, as well as Turkey to its east.

Thanks to the bountiful frontage which those aforementioned islands provide, Greece ranks at a surprisingly high 11th in the world for coastline real estate (though it ranks right at the middle in terms of area).

Greece was a founding member of the United Nations and an early member of the European Union; however, it remains most famous still as being the birthplace of democracy. It is also a part of the borderless Schengen Area.

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Greece Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Greece – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Athens (& largest city)

Population: 10.8 million (2018 estimate)

Language(s): Greek

President: Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras

Currency: Euro € (EUR)

Area: 131,957 km2 (50,949 mi2)131,957

Dialing Code: +30

Time Zone: Eastern European Time “EET” (UTC+2), DST/Summer Time: Eastern European Summer Time “EEST” (UTC+3)

Demonym: Greek (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Ελλάδα (Elláda) (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 15

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: GR