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Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic and known since ancient times as Hellas, is a country in Southern Europe.
According to the 2011 census, Greece's population is around 11 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city.
Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe,
Asia and Africa.
It also shares land borders with Albania
to the northwest,
the Republic of Macedonia
to the north and Turkey to the northeast.
The country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia
, Central Greece
the Aegean Islands
(including the Dodecanese
, and the Ionian Islands
The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline
in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring a vast number of islands
(approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited).
Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus
is the highest, at 2,917 m (9,570 ft).
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