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is a country in Southern Europe, politically also considered part of Western Europe. Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such it is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking Greece 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. The modern Greek state was established in 1830, following the Greek War of Independence. Greece has land borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of mainland Greece, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has 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), including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands among others. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 2,917 m (9,570 ft). A developed country with an advanced, high-income economy and very high standards of living (including the 21st highest quality of life as of 2010), Greece has been a member of what is now the European Union since 1981 and the eurozone since 2001, NATO since 1952, and the European Space Agency since 2005. It is also a founding member of the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Greece is the largest economy of the Balkans. Athens is the capital and the largest city in the country (its urban area also including Piraeus).

Capital Athens
Currency EURO
Country code 0030
Spoken languages ​​ Greek, English, French and Italian.
Passport

Passport/valid identity card needed for border crossing. It is necessary to travel with one of the two valid documents (you should always have with you is a photocopy of the document). The village forms part of the EU and shall accede to the Schengen Agreement. Starting from the 1st of January 2000, citizens from the Schengen area are not subject to inspection at the time of their entry into Greece. It is recommended in any case always carry your passport or identity card valid for the expatriation unexpired to prove his identity in order to avoid inconvenience in the event of individual controls, however possible. For any changes related to the survival of the Passport you should request to be informed beforehand at the Embassy or the Consulate of Greece in Italy or at your travel agent.

Health

Health situation Public health structures are usually crowded in summer and can become difficult to receive assistance, however, is generally just enough and even Islands very lacking. For more severe cases often lack equipment and specialized doctors. It should be noted that public hospitals emergency services are provided by a system of insufficient space in summer. It is advisable to consult a private type structures, stipulating a health insurance which covers treatment and repatriation, if necessary. Medical personnel typically knows foreign languages (English and sometimes Italian). Pharmacies are numerous, but they operate with a system of rotation (most are closed on Monday and Wednesday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday all day even in summer). There are no particular difficulties in obtaining medicines. Endemic diseases are not. It should be noted that, following an outbreak of the West Nile Virus-transmitted through infected mosquitoes in the summer-2010, also in 2011 were detected several cases of contagion (2 deaths), mainly in the regions of Northern Greece (Macedonia and Thessaly), as well as in Attica. The Greek Ministry of health has stepped up both prevention programs that coordination with the local health structures.

Climate

Mediterranean. In the north-eastern part of the country there is also a strong influence of continental climate, with hot summers and colder winters.

Viability

Licence: Italian For driving in Greece 50 cc motorcycles under 125cc and maximum power 11kw requires specific licence (category A). Insurance: insurance is also valid in Greece. Remember those driving abroad, a car that is not advisable to have a delegation to conduct of the owner with a notary certified signature at BAC: 0.05%. For novice drivers (less than 2 years), motorcyclists and drivers of commercial vehicles, the limit is 0%. Driving while intoxicated is a fine from € 78,00 to 624.50, suspension of the licence, the sentence of imprisonment and possible seizure of the vehicle. Transport Links with Italy can be of two types: by air and by sea. Airports in Athens and Thessaloniki provide direct flights daily with Italy (Rome and Milan) through Alitalia airlines, Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines. The flight time is around 1:50 ' 2:10 ' from Rome and Milan. Other regular scheduled flights between Athens and Venice. During the summer months many other Italian cities are connected with the main city and the Greek Islands with charter flights. By sea, Greece with Italy is connected with regular ferries that daily connect Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice to Igoumenitsa and Patras. For tourists travelling by caravan, we suggest you inquire in advance, especially in the case of a transfer to the Islands, on the existence or non-existence of prohibitions of movement and/or stop. It is found that in several cases the foregoing limitations are not adequately reported at the boarding ticket. Throughout Greece, the few signs are only in Greek, with few exceptions in the tourist resorts. In addition, the lack of signage should use very detailed roadmaps: the latest changes of the Greek road network and, in particular, of the main roads of Athens require the use of up-to-date maps: you should buy them directly upon arrival in Greece. It is also advisable to take very detailed maps, although it travels to an island: here, in fact, the road network is very flawed and uncertain and, if you do not have such maps, you can find in front of a stopped or impractical to transport. It also draws attention to the fact that a car registered in Italy can circulate in Greece only for six months, after which it is necessary to register at the competent Greek authorities (and not Italian), under penalty of seizure and confiscation of the vehicle. Finally, it is recommended to those who, unfortunately, were involved in traffic accidents, to photograph both the damaged parts of the machine, both sides remained free for the purposes of subsequent compensation practices (see SECURITY voice Warnings).

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