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Greece, without a doubt, is one of the world’s most popular destinations – which is something we will proof with these fascinating facts about Greece below. It is one of the key factors of the American dream as every American dream of visiting this country one day. Moreover, Europeans already have marked this country as a “must-visit country” on their bucket list. 

And while everyone is convinced that they are experts in ‘knowing’ everything about Greece still there are things that only a few have even heard about. Here are the most amazing facts about Greece that not even locals know:

Greece is considered to be the sunniest country in the world with over 250 sunny days on average! Learn more about that here.

sunset in Greece
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There are more tourists than locals during the summertime!

Macedonian tourist in Thessaloniki
White Tower of Thessaloniki 2019 by The Destinationship ©

Greece isn’t really “Greece”, but Hellenic Republic – the real name of the country.

It has more than 4000 traditional dances.

traditional dance in greece

The Greek language is the oldest written language in the world – it has been used for more than 5000 years!

The option of simply ‘not voting’ is not a matter of choice in Greece. Anyone who is 18 or above HAS to vote!

voting greece

Greece is the world’s 3rd leading producer of olives. Some of the olive trees are considered to be planted back in the 13th century!

olive trees greece

Only 170 out of 2000 Greek islands are actually populated by people.

hidden beach in greece

Greece is the world’s leading producer of Sea Sponges.

sea sponge

No other country has as many archeological museums as Greece.

athens greece

According to an ancient belief in Greece, the turquoise blue color keeps evil away.

santorini views

Greeks wave with their palm closed; they believe that waving with the fingers expanded is an insult.

hand waving greece

Greece has the highest abortion rate and the lowest divorce rate in the European Union.

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The national animal of Greece is the dolphin, not the donkey as many believe although it definitely played a huge part in the history of the country.


dolphins in greece

Greece improved their previously bad relationship with Turkey after the devastating earthquake in 1999 when both countries were hit and came to each other’s aid. Just like Aristotle once said: “A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies”.

aristotle greece

Final Thoughts

Perhaps no other country in Europe has as rich history as Greece which is why this beautiful country to this day attracts people from all around. Besides the history, it also has a wonderful landscape that will make you fall in love at first sight. Hopefully these facts about Greece were enough to convience you to give Greece a shot and visit it as soon as you can. 

Further reading: 

Greece Packing List: The Guide You Need

5 Reasons Why to Visit Afitos When in Greece



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