Cultural Info: Greece


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In Greece, citizens cannot choose not to vote, because it is required by Greek law for any citizen over 18 years of age.

More than 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, which is 6.5 million more people than their 10 million population. Tourism makes 16% of Greece's GDP.

More than 80% of Greece land is mountainous. Because of this, Greece has no navigable river.

Athens' name originated from the Greek myth that believed the deities Poseidon and Athena concurred to become the guardian of the city. Poseidon donated the gift of water, but  Athena's gift, an olive tree, was chosen instead.

Greeks are the world's third major producers of olive, which have been cultivated since ancient times. Some olive trees are as old as the 13th century.

As one of the oldest civilization in Europe, the Greeks are the inventors of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.

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