About Greece

THE PEOPLE LANGUAGE HISTORY PRACTICAL INFO  

The People

Population:
10.964.020 (2001 - census)
More than 4 millions Greeks are estimated to live abroad, including over 2 millions in America.

Population by areas:
Urban: 58,8%, Semi-rural: 12,8%, Rural: 28,4%.

Area (sq. km):
131.957

Density:
82,9 inhabitants per sq. km. (2001)

Life expectancy:
males 74,6 years (1990),
females 79,40 years (1990)

Capital city:
Athens 3.192.606 inhabitants

Major Cities:
Thessaloniki 788.551
Patra 191.508
Iraklio 150.434
Volos 122.458
Larissa 124.376
Hania 78.589
Ioannina 77.349
Halkis 62.854
Kavala 63.774
Agrinio 58.618


Religious affiliations:
Of all citizens of the Hellenic Republic 97,6% are Greek Orthodox, 1,3% Muslim, 0,4% Roman Catholic, 0,1% Protestant, 0,6% other, including Jews. The Greek Orthodox Church is autocephalous, with its own Charter but indissolubly united in doctrine with the Great Church of Constantinople, i.e. the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On the peninsula of Chalkidiki, located in southeastern Macedonia, is the famous Mount Athos, where a number of monasteries of the Greek Orthodox Church form, as they have for centuries, an autonomous monastic community.

SOURCE: GNTO