Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southern Europe. According to the 2011 census, Greece's population is around 11 million. Greece is a democratic, developed country with an advanced, high-income economy, a high standard of living and a very high Human Development Index. Greece is a founding member of the United Nations, has been a member of what is now the European Union since 1981 (and the eurozone since 2001), and has been a member of NATO since 1952. Greece's economy is also the largest in the Balkans, where Greece is an important regional investor.
Athens is the capital and and the largest city of Greece.
Hymn: Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος, which means "Freedom or Death"
Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13.676 km in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1.400, of which 227 are inhabited).
Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains or hills, making the country one of the most mountainous in Europe. Western Greece contains a high number of lakes and wetlands.
Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization. In 1814, a secret organization called the Filiki Eteria was founded with the aim of liberating Greece. The Filiki Eteria planned to launch revolution in the Peloponnese, the Danubian Principalities and Constantinople. The first of these revolts began on 6 March 1821 in the Danubian Principalities under the leadership of Alexandros Ypsilantis, but it was soon put down by the Ottomans.
The events in the north spurred the Greeks of the Peloponnese into action and on 17 March 1821 the Maniots declared war on the Ottomans. After years of negotiation, three Great Powers, Russia, the United Kingdom and France, decided to intervene in the conflict and each nation sent a navy to Greece. As a result of these years of negotiation, the nascent Greek state was finally recognized under the London Protocol in 1830.
An important percentage of Greece's national income comes from tourism. Tourism funds 16% of the gross domestic products which also includes the Tourism Council and the London-Based World Travel. According to Eurostat statistics, Greece welcomed over 19.5 million tourists in 2009, which is an increase from the 17.7 million tourists it welcomed in 2007.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, about 80 km (50 mi) south west from Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks. The highest peak Mytikas, meaning "nose", rises to 2,917 metres (9,570 ft). It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in term soft opographic prominence. Mount Olympus is noted for its very rich flora with several species. It is a National Park of Greece and a World's Biosphere Reserve.
The Acropolis is one of the most recognisable historic sites in the world and remains an inspirational monument to the achievements of Ancient Greek civilisation.
Standing tall above the Greek city of Athens, the Acropolis contains a number of buildings and monuments from Greek Antiquity, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia and the temple of Athena Nike.
These impressive monuments have largely stood the test of time through invasion, conquest and war and the Acropolis stands as one of the greatest historic destinations in the world.
Today, the Acropolis is an extremely popular historic site and caters for a multitude of tourists every year.
Many of the sites at Delphi date back to the fifth century BC, although many have been reconstructed and some altered by the Romans. Many of the buildings also suffered from damage and destruction caused by fires and earthquakes. Nevertheless, walking through Delphi offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former inhabitants.
Part of what made Delphi such an important city was its mythological and religious status. Ancient Greek mythology states that when the deity Zeus released two eagles to find the centre of the world, they met in Delphi. The name “Delphi” derives from the word “dolphin” as it was believed that this was where Apollo arrived on the back of a dolphin.
The Metéora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The nearest town is Kalambaka. The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
All of these monasteries are located at Metéora in Greece, and most are perched on high cliffs and accessible by staircases cut into the rock formations.
Agioi Anargyroi is a suburb in the northern part of Athens, Greece, named for Saints Cosmas and Damian. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.
It is located SW of Kifissia, W of Marathonos Avenue, NE of Athens, E of Peristeri . The main streets are Kifissou Avenue, now a superhighway and also GR-1/E75 for northbound and GR-89 for southbound lanes, a municipal boundary to its west. Treis Gefyres (“Three bridges” in English) on the south of Agioi Anargyroi were renovated between 1996 and 2001. Another main street links to Nea Filadelfeia. Attiki Odos is 3 km (1.86 mi) south. Thivon Avenue also runs to the west.Today, much of the municipality is urbanized while the businesses lie within the main roads. Much of the remaining greenery is aligned with its streets and within its squares.
Agioi Anagryroi has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, churches, banks, a train station, a sports centre, cinemas, post offices and squares (plateies). The church in its main square was built by a former mayor, Ilias Melas.
1st Vocational School Of Aghioi Anargiroi
Our school is a vocational high school and offers specialisations in areas such as air conditioning technology, electronics, information technology and nursing.
There is a considerable percentage of students coming from immigrant families (most of them from Albania, but also from Ukraine, Poland, Moldavia, Pakistan).
The school is located in a low-middle class area of Athens, Aghioi Anargiroi, and suffers the consequences of the deindustrialisation and unemployment, impact of the recent economic crisis.