Greece: 15 Things You Never Knew (Part 1)

Greece is one of the most historic and well-known countries in the world, along with being a top vacation choice for anyone visiting Europe. Not only does it offer beautiful landscapes and plenty of sunshine, but those of us who appreciate history have a lot to learn from this significant country. We are here to tell you some lesser known facts about the ancient nation. Come back soon for part two.

Number Fifteen: It’s About the Size of Alabama

Greece is roughly the same size as this American state. However, its population (10 million plus) is more than double Alabama’s (about 4.5 million).

Number Fourteen: 13th Century Olive Trees

They are the world’s leading olive producers, which you probably knew. But did you know that there are trees that date back as far as the 13th century that are still yielding olives? That is pretty amazing.

Number Thirteen: Greece Is Almost Entirely Mountainous

A staggering amount (80%) of the country is covered by mountainous terrain. It is because of this that they have no navigable rivers there.

Number Twelve: Common Literacy is Quite New There

In the 1950s, almost a third of the Greek population did not know how to read and write. This has changed over time, however, and now in present day, almost everyone is literate.

Number Eleven: Athens Has Been Populated For Over 7,000 Years

This famous and very well known city is one of the oldest in all of Europe. It is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympics, political science, and more. To this day, historic relics from ancient Athens are still standing.

Number Ten: It Wasn’t Always a Single Country

Ancient Greece was once made up of about 1,500 smaller governing cities, the head of which was ancient Athens. Apparently it was not uncommon for these small nations to fight among themselves, which could have been a contributing factor to making it all into one country.

Number Nine: Turquoise is Significant

Many structures in Greek architecture are painted a turquoise blue. This is because of ancient superstitions that state that blue keeps evil at bay. We hope you enjoyed part one of our list of interesting facts about Greece. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon.