Capital: Athens ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 0.0 %
Key Facts
Full name: The Hellenic Republic
Population: 11.4 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 131,957 sq km (50,949 sq miles)
Major language: Greek
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 83years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents
Main exports: Textiles and clothing, food, oil products
GNI per capita: US $25,030 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gr
International dialling code: +30
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