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It has been revised three times since, in , and The Constitution, which consists of articles, provides for a separation of powers into executive , legislative , and judicial branches , and grants extensive specific guarantees further reinforced in of civil liberties and social rights.
According to the Constitution, executive power is exercised by the President of the Republic and the Government. The President of the Republic formally appoints the Prime Minister and, on his recommendation, appoints and dismisses the other members of the Cabinet.
Legislative powers are exercised by a member elective unicameral Parliament. According to a report by the OECD, Greeks display a moderate level of civic participation compared to most other developed countries; voter turnout was 64 percent during recent elections, lower than the OECD average of 69 percent.
The coalition government led the country to the parliamentary elections of May No party could form a sustainable government, which led to the parliamentary elections of June The following morning, Tsipras reached an agreement with Independent Greeks party to form a coalition, and he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece.
In the September general election , Tsipras led Syriza to another victory, winning out of seats and re-forming the coalition with the Independent Greeks.
The current minister is Nikos Kotzias. According to the official website, the main aims of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are to represent Greece before other states and international organizations;  safeguarding the interests of the Greek state and of its citizens abroad;  the promotion of Greek culture;  the fostering of closer relations with the Greek diaspora ;  and the promotion of international cooperation.
The Ministry identifies three issues of particular importance to the Greek state: Greece is a member of numerous international organizations, including the Council of Europe , the European Union , the Union for the Mediterranean , the North Atlantic Treaty Organization , the Organisation internationale de la francophonie and the United Nations , of which it is a founding member.
The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature and comprises three Supreme Courts: The Judiciary system is also composed of civil courts, which judge civil and penal cases and administrative courts, which judge disputes between the citizens and the Greek administrative authorities.
The Hellenic Police Greek: It is a very large agency with its responsibilities ranging from road traffic control to counter-terrorism. It consists of three branches:.
Moreover, Greece maintains the Hellenic Coast Guard for law enforcement at sea, search and rescue, and port operations. Though it can support the navy during wartime, it resides under the authority of the Ministry of Shipping.
Greek military personnel total ,, of whom , are active and , are reserve. Greece ranks 15th in the world in the number of citizens serving in the armed forces, due largely to compulsory military service for males between the ages of 19 and 45 females are exempted from conscription but may otherwise serve in the military.
Mandatory military service is nine months for the Army and one year for the Navy and Air Force. However, as the military has sought to become a completely professional force, the government has promised to reduce mandatory military service or abolish it completely.
As a member of NATO , the Greek military participates in exercises and deployments under the auspices of the alliance, although its involvement in NATO missions is minimal.
Since the Kallikratis programme reform entered into effect on 1 January , Greece has consisted of thirteen regions subdivided into a total of municipalities.
The 54 old prefectures and prefecture-level administrations have been largely retained as sub-units of the regions.
Seven decentralised administrations group one to three regions for administrative purposes on a regional basis. There is also one autonomous area , Mount Athos Greek: The Greek economy is classified as advanced      and high-income.
Greece is a developed country with a high standard of living and a high ranking in the Human Development Index.
Greek unemployment stood at With an economy larger than all the other Balkan economies combined, Greece is the largest economy in the Balkans,    and an important regional investor.
Greek banks open a new branch somewhere in the Balkans on an almost weekly basis. In the accession of the country in the European Communities and the single market was signed, and the process was completed in Greece was accepted into the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union on 19 June , and in January adopted the Euro as its currency, replacing the Greek drachma at an exchange rate of Greece officially exited the bailout programmes on 20 August In DEI supplied for In , renewable energy accounted for Greece currently does not have any nuclear power plants in operation; however, in the Academy of Athens suggested that research in the possibility of Greek nuclear power plants begin.
The shipping industry has been a key element of Greek economic activity since ancient times. During the s, the size of the Greek fleet nearly doubled, primarily through the investment undertaken by the shipping magnates, Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos.
Greece has a significant shipbuilding and ship maintenance industry. The six shipyards around the port of Piraeus are among the largest in Europe.
The vast majority of visitors in Greece in came from the European continent, numbering Since the s, the road and rail network of Greece has been significantly modernised.
Also completed are the A5 Ionia Odos motorway that connects northwestern Greece Ioannina with western Greece Antirrio ; the last sections of the A1 motorway , connecting Athens to Thessaloniki and Evzonoi in northern Greece; as well as the A8 motorway part of the Olympia Odos in Peloponnese, connecting Athens to Patras.
The remaining section of Olympia Odos, connecting Patras with Pyrgos , is under planning. Other important projects that are currently underway, include the construction of the Thessaloniki Metro.
The Athens Metropolitan Area in particular is served by some of the most modern and efficient transport infrastructure in Europe, such as the Athens International Airport , the privately run A6 Attiki Odos motorway network and the expanded Athens Metro system.
Most of the Greek islands and many main cities of Greece are connected by air mainly from the two major Greek airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines.
Maritime connections have been improved with modern high-speed craft, including hydrofoils and catamarans. International railway lines connect Greek cities with the rest of Europe, the Balkans and Turkey.
Modern digital information and communication networks reach all areas. Broadband internet availability is widespread in Greece: The General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness is responsible for designing, implementing and supervising national research and technological policy.
Because of its strategic location, qualified workforce, and political and economic stability, many multinational companies such as Ericsson , Siemens , Motorola , Coca-Cola , and Tesla  have their regional research and development headquarters in Greece.
Greece has several major technology parks with incubator facilities and has been a member of the European Space Agency ESA since In , Greece and ESA signed their first cooperation agreement.
The original objective of the center was the advancement of nuclear research and technology. Today, its activities cover several fields of science and engineering.
Greece has one of the highest rates of tertiary enrollment in the world,  while Greeks are well represented in academia worldwide; many leading Western universities employ a disproportionately high number of Greek faculty.
At the same time, the mortality rate increased slightly from 8. Estimates from show the birth rate decreasing further still to 8. Greek society has changed rapidly over the last several decades, coinciding with the wider European trend of declining fertility and rapid aging.
The fertility rate of 1. Marriage rates began declining from almost 71 per 1, inhabitants in until , only to increase slightly in to 61 per 1, and then fall again to 51 in Almost two-thirds of the Greek people live in urban areas.
Other prominent cities with urban populations above , inhabitants include those of Patras , Heraklion , Larissa , Volos , Rhodes , Ioannina , Agrinio , Chania , and Chalcis.
The table below lists the largest cities in Greece, by population contained in their respective contiguous built up urban areas, which are either made up of many municipalities, evident in the cases of Athens and Thessaloniki, or are contained within a larger single municipality, case evident in most of the smaller cities of the country.
The results come from the preliminary figures of the population census that took place in Greece in May Religiosity in Greece . The Greek Constitution recognizes Eastern Orthodoxy as the "prevailing" faith of the country, while guaranteeing freedom of religious belief for all.
According to the U. The administration of the Greek territory is shared between the Church of Greece and the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The survey also found that just 3. Some of the Albanian immigrants to Greece come from a nominally Muslim background, although most are secular in orientation.
About , Muslims from Greece, predominantly those defined as Turks , but also Greek Muslims like the Vallahades of western Macedonia, were exchanged with approximately 1,, Greeks from Turkey.
However, many refugees who settled in former Ottoman Muslim villages in Central Macedonia and were defined as Christian Orthodox Caucasus Greeks arrived from the former Russian Transcaucasus province of Kars Oblast after it had been retroceded to Turkey but in the few years before the official population exchange.
Judaism has been present in Greece for more than 2, years. The ancient community of Greek Jews are called Romaniotes , while the Sephardi Jews were once a prominent community in the city of Thessaloniki , numbering some 80,, or more than half of the population, by The Roman Catholic community is estimated to be around ,   of which 50, are Greek citizens.
In recent years there has been a small-scale revival of the ancient Greek religion , with estimates of 2, active practitioners and an additional , "sympathisers".
The first textual evidence of the Greek language dates back to 15th century BC and the Linear B script which is associated with the Mycenaean Civilization.
Greek was a widely spoken lingua franca in the Mediterranean world and beyond during Classical Antiquity , and would eventually become the official parlance of the Byzantine Empire.
During the 19th and 20th centuries there was a major dispute known as the Greek language question , on whether the official language of Greece should be the archaic Katharevousa , created in the 19th century and used as the state and scholarly language, or the Dimotiki , the form of the Greek language which evolved naturally from Byzantine Greek and was the language of the people.
The dispute was finally resolved in , when Dimotiki was made the only official variation of the Greek language, and Katharevousa fell to disuse.
Greece is today relatively homogeneous in linguistic terms, with a large majority of the native population using Greek as their first or only language.
Among the Greek-speaking population, speakers of the distinctive Pontic dialect came to Greece from Asia Minor after the Greek genocide and constitute a sizable group.
The Cappadocian dialect came to Greece due to the genocide as well, but is endangered and is barely spoken now. Indigenous Greek dialects include the archaic Greek spoken by the Sarakatsani , traditionally transhument mountain shepherds of Greek Macedonia and other parts of Northern Greece.
The Tsakonian language , a distinct Greek language deriving from Doric Greek instead of Koine Greek , is still spoken in some villages in the southeastern Peloponnese.
The Muslim minority in Thrace, which amounts to approximately 0. Romani is also spoken by Christian Roma in other parts of the country.
Further minority languages have traditionally been spoken by regional population groups in various parts of the country.
Their use has decreased radically in the course of the 20th century through assimilation with the Greek-speaking majority. Today they are only maintained by the older generations and are on the verge of extinction.
This goes for the Arvanites , an Albanian -speaking group mostly located in the rural areas around the capital Athens, and for the Aromanians and Moglenites , also known as Vlachs , whose language is closely related to Romanian and who used to live scattered across several areas of mountainous central Greece.
Members of these groups ethnically identify as Greeks  and are today all at least bilingual in Greek. Near the northern Greek borders there are also some Slavic—speaking groups , locally known as Slavomacedonian -speaking, most of whose members identify ethnically as Greeks.
It is estimated that after the population exchanges of , Macedonia had , to , Slavic speakers. Other notable minority languages include Armenian , Georgian , and the Greco-Turkic dialect spoken by the Urums , a community of Caucasus Greeks from the Tsalka region of central Georgia and ethnic Greeks from southeastern Ukraine who arrived in mainly Northern Greece as economic migrants in the s.
Net migration started to show positive numbers from the s, but until the beginning of the s, the main influx was that of returning Greek migrants or of Pontic Greeks and others from Russia , Georgia , Turkey the Czech Republic , and elsewhere in the former Soviet Bloc.
Of the non-citizen residents, 48, were EU or European Free Trade Association nationals and 17, were Cypriots with privileged status.
The majority come from Eastern European countries: In addition the total Albanian national population which includes temporary migrants and undocumented persons is around , There is also a considerable number of co-ethnics that came from the Greek communities of Albania and the former Soviet Union.
Greece, together with Italy and Spain, is a major entry point for illegal immigrants trying to enter the EU.
Illegal immigrants entering Greece mostly do so from the border with Turkey at the Evros River and the islands of the eastern Aegean across from Turkey mainly Lesbos , Chios , Kos , and Samos.
In , the majority of illegal immigrants entering Greece came from Afghanistan , followed by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Greeks have a long tradition of valuing and investing in paideia education , which was upheld as one of the highest societal values in the Greek and Hellenistic world.
Children start primary school aged six and remain there for six years. Attendance at gymnasia starts at age 12 and lasts for three years.
As they can accept both Gymnasio lower secondary school and Lykeio upper secondary school graduates, these institutes are not classified as offering a particular level of education.
There are also State Non-University Tertiary Institutes offering vocationally oriented courses of shorter duration 2 to 3 years which operate under the authority of other Ministries.
Students are admitted to these Institutes according to their performance at national level examinations taking place after completion of the third grade of Lykeio.
Additionally, students over twenty-two years old may be admitted to the Hellenic Open University through a form of lottery. The Capodistrian University of Athens is the oldest university in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek education system also provides special kindergartens, primary, and secondary schools for people with special needs or difficulties in learning.
There are also specialist gymnasia and high schools offering musical, theological, and physical education. Seventy-two percent of Greek adults aged 25—64 have completed upper secondary education, which is slightly less than the OECD average of 74 percent.
This score is lower than the OECD average of On average, girls outperformed boys by 15 points, much more than the average OECD gap of two points.
Greece has universal health care. In a World Health Organization report, its health care system ranked 14th in overall performance of countries surveyed.
Life expectancy in Greece is The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years, beginning in Mycenaean Greece and continuing most notably into Classical Greece , through the influence of the Roman Empire and its Greek Eastern continuation, the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire.
Other cultures and nations, such as the Latin and Frankish states , the Ottoman Empire , the Venetian Republic , the Genoese Republic , and the British Empire have also left their influence on modern Greek culture, although historians credit the Greek War of Independence with revitalising Greece and giving birth to a single, cohesive entity of its multi-faceted culture.
In ancient times, Greece was the birthplace of Western culture. The ancient Greeks pioneered in many fields that rely on systematic thought, including biology, geometry, history,  philosophy,  physics and mathematics.
In their pursuit of order and proportion, the Greeks created an ideal of beauty that strongly influenced Western art.
Artistic production in Greece began in the prehistoric pre-Greek Cycladic and the Minoan civilizations, both of which were influenced by local traditions and the art of ancient Egypt.
There were several interconnected traditions of painting in ancient Greece. Due to their technical differences, they underwent somewhat differentiated developments.
Not all painting techniques are equally well represented in the archaeological record. The most respected form of art, according to authors like Pliny or Pausanias , were individual, mobile paintings on wooden boards, technically described as panel paintings.
Also, the tradition of wall painting in Greece goes back at least to the Minoan and Mycenaean Bronze Age , with the lavish fresco decoration of sites like Knossos , Tiryns and Mycenae.
Much of the figural or architectural sculpture of ancient Greece was painted colourfully. This aspect of Greek stonework is described as polychrome.
Ancient Greek sculpture was composed almost entirely of marble or bronze ; with cast bronze becoming the favoured medium for major works by the early 5th century.
Both marble and bronze are easy to form and very durable. Chryselephantine sculptures, used for temple cult images and luxury works, used gold , most often in leaf form and ivory for all or parts faces and hands of the figure, and probably gems and other materials, but were much less common, and only fragments have survived.
By the early 19th century, the systematic excavation of ancient Greek sites had brought forth a plethora of sculptures with traces of notably multicolored surfaces.
It was not until published findings by German archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann in the late 20th century, that the painting of ancient Greek sculptures became an established fact.
The art production continued also during the Byzantine era. If classical art was marked by the attempt to create representations that mimicked reality as closely as possible, Byzantine art seems to have abandoned this attempt in favor of a more symbolic approach.
The Byzantine painting concentrated mainly on icons and hagiographies. The Macedonian art Byzantine was the artistic expression of Macedonian Renaissance , a label sometimes used to describe the period of the Macedonian dynasty of the Byzantine Empire — , especially the 10th century, which some scholars have seen as a time of increased interest in classical scholarship and the assimilation of classical motifs into Christian artwork.
The first artistic movement in the Greek Kingdom can be considered the Greek academic art of the 19th century Munich School.
The architecture of ancient Greece was produced by the ancient Greeks Hellenes , whose culture flourished on the Greek mainland, the Aegean Islands and their colonies , for a period from about BC until the 1st century AD, with the earliest remaining architectural works dating from around BC.
The formal vocabulary of ancient Greek architecture, in particular the division of architectural style into three defined orders: Byzantine architecture is the architecture promoted by the Byzantine Empire , also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, which dominated Greece and the Greek speaking world during the Middle Ages.
The empire endured for more than a millennium , dramatically influencing Medieval architecture throughout Europe and the Near East, and becoming the primary progenitor of the Renaissance and Ottoman architectural traditions that followed its collapse.
After the Greek Independence , the modern Greek architects tried to combine traditional Greek and Byzantine elements and motives with the western European movements and styles.
Patras was the first city of the modern Greek state to develop a city plan. In January , Stamatis Voulgaris , a Greek engineer of the French army, presented the plan of the new city to the Governor Kapodistrias , who approved it.
Voulgaris applied the orthogonal rule in the urban complex of Patras. Two special genres can be considered the Cycladic architecture , featuring white-coloured houses, in the Cyclades and the Epirotic architecture in the region of Epirus.
After the establishment of the Greek Kingdom , the architecture of Athens and other cities was mostly influenced by the Neoclassical architecture.
For Athens, the first King of Greece , Otto of Greece , commissioned the architects Stamatios Kleanthis and Eduard Schaubert to design a modern city plan fit for the capital of a state.
Theatre in its western form was born in Greece. Tragedy late 6th century BC , comedy BC , and the satyr play were the three dramatic genres to emerge there.
During the Byzantine period, the theatrical art was heavily declined. According to Marios Ploritis, the only form survived was the folk theatre Mimos and Pantomimos , despite the hostility of the official state.
The renaissance which led to the modern Greek theatre, took place in the Venetian Crete. Significal dramatists include Vitsentzos Kornaros and Georgios Chortatzis.
The modern Greek theatre was born after the Greek independence , in the early 19th century, and initially was influenced by the Heptanesean theatre and melodrama, such as the Italian opera.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, the Athenian theatre scene was dominated by revues , musical comedies , operettas and nocturnes and notable playwrights included Spyridon Samaras , Dionysios Lavrangas , Theophrastos Sakellaridis and others.
Greek literature can be divided into three main categories: Ancient, Byzantine and modern Greek literature. Athens is considered the birthplace of Western literature.
In the classical period many of the genres of western literature became more prominent. Lyrical poetry , odes , pastorals , elegies , epigrams ; dramatic presentations of comedy and tragedy ; historiography , rhetorical treatises, philosophical dialectics, and philosophical treatises all arose in this period.
The two major lyrical poets were Sappho and Pindar. The Classical era also saw the dawn of drama. Of the hundreds of tragedies written and performed during the classical age, only a limited number of plays by three authors have survived: The surviving plays by Aristophanes are also a treasure trove of comic presentation, while Herodotus and Thucydides are two of the most influential historians in this period.
The greatest prose achievement of the 4th century was in philosophy with the works of the three great philosophers. Byzantine literature refers to literature of the Byzantine Empire written in Atticizing , Medieval and early Modern Greek , and it is the expression of the intellectual life of the Byzantine Greeks during the Christian Middle Ages.
Although popular Byzantine literature and early Modern Greek literature both began in the 11th century, the two are indistinguishable.
Modern Greek literature refers to literature written in common Modern Greek, emerging from late Byzantine times in the 11th century.
The Cretan Renaissance poem Erotokritos is undoubtedly the masterpiece of this period of Greek literature. It is a verse romance written around by Vitsentzos Kornaros — Later, during the period of Greek enlightenment Diafotismos , writers such as Adamantios Korais and Rigas Feraios prepared with their works the Greek Revolution — Two Greek authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature: George Seferis in and Odysseas Elytis in Most western philosophical traditions began in Ancient Greece in the 6th century BC.
The first philosophers are called "Presocratics," which designates that they came before Socrates , whose contributions mark a turning point in western thought.
The Presocratics were from the western or the eastern colonies of Greece and only fragments of their original writings survive, in some cases merely a single sentence.
A new period of philosophy started with Socrates. Like the Sophists , he rejected entirely the physical speculations in which his predecessors had indulged, and made the thoughts and opinions of people his starting-point.
Aspects of Socrates were first united from Plato , who also combined with them many of the principles established by earlier philosophers, and developed the whole of this material into the unity of a comprehensive system.
Aristotle of Stagira , the most important disciple of Plato, shared with his teacher the title of the greatest philosopher of antiquity.
But while Plato had sought to elucidate and explain things from the supra-sensual standpoint of the forms, his pupil preferred to start from the facts given us by experience.
Except from these three most significant Greek philosophers other known schools of Greek philosophy from other founders during ancient times were Stoicism , Epicureanism , Skepticism and Neoplatonism.
Byzantine philosophy refers to the distinctive philosophical ideas of the philosophers and scholars of the Byzantine Empire , especially between the 8th and 15th centuries.
It was characterised by a Christian world-view, but one which could draw ideas directly from the Greek texts of Plato , Aristotle , and the Neoplatonists.
On the eve of the Fall of Constantinople , Gemistus Pletho tried to restore the use of the term "Hellene" and advocated the return to the Olympian Gods of the ancient world.
After a number of Greek Byzantine scholars who fled to western Europe contributed to the Renaissance. In modern period, Diafotismos Greek: Greek vocal music extends far back into ancient times where mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons.
Instruments during that period included the double-reed aulos and the plucked string instrument, the lyre , especially the special kind called a kithara.
Music played an important role in the education system during ancient times. Boys were taught music from the age of six. While the new technique of polyphony was developing in the West, the Eastern Orthodox Church resisted any type of change.
Therefore, Byzantine music remained monophonic and without any form of instrumental accompaniment. As a result, and despite certain attempts by certain Greek chanters such as Manouel Gazis, Ioannis Plousiadinos or the Cypriot Ieronimos o Tragoudistis , Byzantine music was deprived of elements of which in the West encouraged an unimpeded development of art.
However, this method which kept music away from polyphony, along with centuries of continuous culture, enabled monophonic music to develop to the greatest heights of perfection.
Byzantium presented the monophonic Byzantine chant ; a melodic treasury of inestimable value for its rhythmical variety and expressive power.
Along with the Byzantine Church chant and music, the Greek people also cultivated the Greek folk song Demotiko which is divided into two cycles, the akritic and klephtic.
The akritic was created between the 9th and 10th centuries and expressed the life and struggles of the akrites frontier guards of the Byzantine empire, the most well known being the stories associated with Digenes Akritas.
The klephtic cycle came into being between the late Byzantine period and the start of the Greek War of Independence. The klephtic cycle, together with historical songs, paraloghes narrative song or ballad , love songs, mantinades , wedding songs, songs of exile and dirges express the life of the Greeks.
For the first part of the next century, several Greek composers continued to borrow elements from the Heptanesean style.
Rebetiko , initially a music associated with the lower classes, later and especially after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey reached greater general acceptance as the rough edges of its overt subcultural character were softened and polished, sometimes to the point of unrecognizability.
Regarding the classical music, it was through the Ionian islands which were under western rule and influence that all the major advances of the western European classical music were introduced to mainland Greeks.
The region is notable for the birth of the first School of modern Greek classical music Heptanesean or Ionian School , Greek: In the 20th century, Greek composers have had a significant impact on the development of avant garde and modern classical music , with figures such as Iannis Xenakis , Nikos Skalkottas , and Dimitri Mitropoulos achieving international prominence.
Greek American composers known for their film scores include also Yanni and Basil Poledouris. During the dictatorship of the Colonels , the music of Mikis Theodorakis was banned by the junta and the composer was jailed, internally exiled, and put in a concentration camp ,  before finally being allowed to leave Greece due to international reaction to his detention.
Released during the junta years, Anthrope Agapa, ti Fotia Stamata Make Love, Stop the Gunfire , by the pop group Poll is considered the first anti-war protest song in the history of Greek rock.
Greece participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 35 times after its debut at the Contest. Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet , which is epitomised by dishes of Crete.
Throughout Greece people often enjoy eating from small dishes such as meze with various dips such as tzatziki , grilled octopus and small fish, feta cheese , dolmades rice, currants and pine kernels wrapped in vine leaves , various pulses , olives and cheese.
Olive oil is added to almost every dish. Some sweet desserts include melomakarona , diples and galaktoboureko , and drinks such as ouzo , metaxa and a variety of wines including retsina.
Greek cuisine differs widely from different parts of the mainland and from island to island. It uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines: Other common herbs and spices include basil , thyme and fennel seed.
Many Greek recipes, especially in the northern parts of the country, use "sweet" spices in combination with meat, for example cinnamon and cloves in stews.
Cinema first appeared in Greece in , but the first actual cine-theatre was opened in in Athens. In the Asty Films Company was founded and the production of long films began.
The s and early s are considered by many to be a "golden age" of Greek cinema. Directors and actors of this era were recognised as important figures in Greece and some gained international acclaim: More than sixty films per year were made, with the majority having film noir elements.
During the s and s, Theo Angelopoulos directed a series of notable and appreciated movies. Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games , first recorded in BC in Olympia , and hosted the modern Olympic Games twice, the inaugural Summer Olympics and the Summer Olympics.
During the parade of nations Greece is always called first, as the founding nation of the ancient precursor of modern Olympics. The nation has competed at every Summer Olympic Games , one of only four countries to have done so.
Having won a total of medals 30 gold, 42 silver and 38 bronze , Greece is ranked 32nd by gold medals in the all-time Summer Olympic medal count.
Their best ever performance was in the Summer Olympics, when Greece finished second in the medal table with 10 gold medals.
The Greek national football team , ranking 12th in the world in and having reached a high of 8th in the world in and ,  were crowned European Champions in Euro in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.
As of [update] , it ranked 4th in the world and 2nd in Europe. The domestic top basketball league, A1 Ethniki , is composed of fourteen teams.
Greek basketball teams are the most successful in European basketball the last 25 years , having won 9 Euroleagues since the establishment of the modern era Euroleague Final Four format in , while no other nation has won more than 4 Euroleague championships in this period.
After the European Championship triumph of the Greek national basketball team, Greece became the reigning European Champion in both football and basketball.
They also won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics , the gold medal at the World League and the silver medals at the and European Championships. The Greek league, the A1 Ethniki , is considered one of the top volleyball leagues in Europe and the Greek clubs have had significant success in European competitions.
Olympiacos is the most successful volleyball club in the country having won the most domestic titles and being the only Greek club to have won European titles; they have won two CEV Cups , they have been CEV Champions League runners-up twice and they have played in 12 Final Fours in the European competitions, making them one of the most traditional volleyball clubs in Europe.
Iraklis have also seen significant success in European competitions, having been three times runners-up of the CEV Champions League.
Apart from these, cricket is relatively popular in Corfu. The numerous gods of the ancient Greek religion as well as the mythical heroes and events of the ancient Greek epics The Odyssey and The Iliad and other pieces of art and literature from the time make up what is nowadays colloquially referred to as Greek mythology.
Apart from serving a religious function, the mythology of the ancient Greek world also served a cosmological role as it was meant to try to explain how the world was formed and operated.
The principal gods of the ancient Greek religion were the Dodekatheon , or the Twelve Gods , who lived on the top of Mount Olympus. Apart from these twelve gods, Greeks also had a variety of other mystical beliefs, such as nymphs and other magical creatures.
According to Greek law, every Sunday of the year is a public holiday. In addition, there are four mandatory official public holidays: There are, however, more public holidays celebrated in Greece than are announced by the Ministry of Labour each year as either obligatory or optional.
The list of these non-fixed national holidays rarely changes and has not changed in recent decades, giving a total of eleven national holidays each year.
In addition to the national holidays, there are public holidays that are not celebrated nationwide, but only by a specific professional group or a local community.
On such days it is customary for schools to take the day off. Notable festivals, beyond the religious fests, include Patras Carnival , Athens Festival and various local wine festivals.
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