Greece - The land chosen by Gods.
A Glorious Past - A Prosperous Future
History of Greece
Greece is the land of the twelve Olympian Gods, the cradle of the Western civilisation, the birthplace of democracy, the origin of drama, history, philosophy and sciences.
Most modern sciences such as medicine, history, philosophy, geography, astronomy, physics, mathematics, as well as artistic activities such as poetry and sculpture made their roots back in the ancient times of Greece.
Greece has inherited a sophisticated culture and a language that has been documented for almost three millennia. Today’s spoken language has been an evolution of the Ancient Language spoken at Pericles’ golden age in 5th century B.C.
Very few languages and cultures can demonstrate such continuity. Greeks are proud of their cultural heritage, and the notion of the unbroken continuity between their ancient and modern culture.
For thousands of years Greece was the gate between the east and the west. Today, it is a modern, fast developing European country.
Greece has been moving dynamically into the new millennium by undertaking more than 300 important infrastructure and urban projects, as well as investment programmes in telecommunications and information technology. This allows the country to face the global challenges of the twenty first century and upgrade the services provided to millions of visitors who annually enjoy its unique climate and lifestyle.
The ancient tradition still vivid to our days together with the ancient monuments scattered throughout the country, combined with the golden sun, the physical beauty, the unique hospitality, all modern comforts, the necessary infrastructure, the long tourism experience, the upgraded services provided, make Greece a particularly attractive destination for eminent delegates.
Official language: Greek
The currency : Euro(€)
Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate)
The country is a Presidential Parliamentary Democracy
Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro.
Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays.
Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
Time Zone & Local Holidays
Time Greece: GMT +2
Health & Safety
In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. You can find more information about the EHIC in the official European Commission site.
In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:
• Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region;
• Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and
• the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract
In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL:
European emergency number: 112
Ambulance Service: 166
SOS Doctors: 1016
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 36 17 089
Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
Tourist Police: 1571