Population estimate: 11 million
Total area: 131,957km2 (50,949miles2), 12 national parks, of which 2 marine parks, 3,500 islands and 6,000 islets
Time zone: GMT +2 (winter and summer)
Climate: Mild winters and warm summers with plenty of sunshine
Health & Safety: No special vaccinations needed, no particular risks
Government: Parliamentary Representative Democratic Republic
History: The History of Greece encompasses the history of the territory of the modern state of Greece, as well as that of the Greek people and the areas they ruled historically. The scope of Greek habitation and rule has varied much through the ages, and, as a result, the History of Greece is similarly elastic in what it includes. Each era has its own related sphere of interest. The country has 17 properties officially listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and more are still on the waiting list.