While Greece is primarily known for its delicious cuisine and beautiful shores, there are some amazing facts about Greece that most tourists don’t even know about. In fact, Greece is steeped in rich history and is a great place to visit. Here are some of the most interesting Greece facts you wish you knew beforehand.

Interesting Greece Facts

1. Greece is the world’s first democracy

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Ancient Greek democracy.

The Greece democracy also referred to as the Athenian democracy, is a democracy that dates back as far as the fifth century B.C. In fact, back then this system of democracy is a system of direct democracy. During this time, a citizen has legal voting rights that come from legislation and executive bills. Consequently, foreigners, women, and slaves were given no rights during this time.

2. Home to the longest lifespans

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The lifespan of Greece and its longevity of the people.

If you want a long and healthy life, then Greece is the place you will want to live. In Ikaria, scientists find that people living here have the longest lifespans out of anywhere in the country. Ikaria is a “blue zone,” where due to healthy lifestyles and healthy food, people will live much longer than they would if they live anywhere else.

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3. Greek has the oldest written language in existence

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The Greek language.

If you are a history lover and wish to travel back in time, Greece is the perfect place to do it. In fact, the Greek written language exists the same as it has for over 5,000 years. This is a language that continues to influence the English language as well as other languages all over the world.

4. The family dynamics are unique

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The interesting Greek family dynamics.

Similar to Japan, Greek families stay together for several years. Similarly, it is not unique to find grandparents living with their children or their families until the time of their death. In fact, there are few retirement homes that exist in the country. As a result, families must stick together for the remainder of their lives out of necessity.

5. Greece has the longest sunniest seasons in the world

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The sunniness of Greece.

Another thing that Greece is infamous for is the number of sunny days it has throughout the year. Greece has over 250 days of sunny days on average. Furthermore, it has over 3,000 hours of sun every year. In fact, it is not unique for some islands in Greece to have over 300 days of sun a year.

 

If you want to enjoy the ultimate vacation, Greece is the place to be. In addition, with countless benefits such as hours of sun and interesting Greece facts, this is a place that will surprise all who visit it.

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