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Greek Flag Background: Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighbouring islands and territories with Greek-speaking populations. Following the defeat of communist rebels in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 had suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, was itself overthrown seven years later. Democratic elections in 1974 abolished the monarchy and created a parliamentary republic; Greece joined the EU in 1981.

Location: Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey

Total: 131,940 sq km
Land: 130,800 sq km
Water: 1,140 sq km

Land Boundaries:
Total: 1,210 km

Border Countries:
Albania 282 km,
Bulgaria 494 km,
Turkey 206 km,
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 228km

Coastline: 13,676 km

Elevation Extremes:
Lowest Point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
Highest Point: Mount Olympus 2,917 m

Population: 10,601,527 (July 2000 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Greek 98%, other 2% Note: the Greek Government states there are no ethnic divisions in Greece

Languages: Greek 99% (official), English, French

Information courtesy of the CIA World Factbook.

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