131,957 sq km (50,949 sq miles).
Athens. Population: 3,089,698 (2011).
Greece is situated in southeast Europe on the Mediterranean. The mainland consists of the following regions: Central Greece, Peloponnese, Thessaly (east/central), Epirus (west), Macedonia (north/northwest) and Thrace (northwest). Euboea, the second largest of the Greek islands, lying to the east of the central region, is also considered to be part of the mainland region. The Peloponnese peninsula is separated from the northern mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth.
Greek (Ellenika). Most people connected with tourism will speak some English, German, Italian or French.
97 per cent Greek Orthodox, with Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish minorities.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.
IDD is available throughout the mainland and islands. The Greek telecommunication network supplier is Organismos Telepikinonion Ellados (OTE). Country code: 30, followed by (1) for Athens, (31) for Thessaloniki and (81) for Heraklion. Outgoing international code: 00.
GSM 900 and 1800 networks exist. Coverage is good around the major towns on the mainland and on many islands. Main operators include Cosmote (website: www.cosmote.gr), Stet Hellas (website: www.telestet.gr) and Panafon (website: www.panafon.gr).
Main post offices and large hotels have facilities.
Cybercafés are available in the main cities, including Athens, Thessaloniki and the islands Crete, Kos, Mykonos, Rhodes and Skiathos. ISPs include Panafon, STET, Hellas Online (website: www.hol.gr) and Cosmote.
All letters, postcards, newspapers and periodicals will automatically be sent by airmail. There are Poste Restante facilities at most post offices throughout the country. Advance notice is required at all Athens branches except for the central office at 180 Eolou Street. A passport must be shown on collection. Post office hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1400 and Sat 0800-1330.