In Background on May 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

Greece is a small country at the southeast corner of Europe. Its population amounts to almost 11,000,000 people according to the latest census. It is not a rich country. Its GDP per capita is $28,000, according to the latest Economist publications, bringing Greece to the 29th position of the world economies.  Greece was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years (1453-1821)  and its culture often resembles that of Turkey, the Middle East and Northern African countries rather than that of the northern European countries. However, it has been historically considered as part of Western Europe, thus being grouped together with rich European countries like France, Germany and the United Kingdom. To find out more about Greece, you can visit wikipedia, the CIA Factbook, or the BBC website.


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