Greece is located in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Three sides of Greece (the east, south, and west) are surrounded by sea. The country consists of a mainland and 2,000 islands (170 of which are inhabited).
Population:10 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Greek (93%), other (foreign citizens) (7%)
Languages: Greek (official) (99%), other (includes English and French- 1%)
Religions: Greek Orthodox (official) (98%), Muslim (1.3%), other (0.7%)
Greeks In Toronto
In Canada: 242,685
In the GTA: 90,585
In the City of Toronto: 46,480
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Scarborough Southwest, Don Valley East, Toronto-Danforth, Scarborough-Rouge River, Whitechurch-Stoufville, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Aurora, King, East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge, Southern part of Pickering, Ajax, Milton
Greece became independent in 1827 following almost 400 years of Turkish rule. Today, Greece is dealing with a serious economic crisis, characterized by high unemployment rates and high debt. Although the quality of life is much higher in Greece than in most countries, there likely will be social unrest in the future as the country attempts to deal with its economic problems. The Orthodox Church has long been an important part of Greek identity, but its grip has loosened as of late due to scandals and the immigration of people who are not Orthodox. Attempts to covert Orthodox Christians to other religions often face opposition, and discrimination occasionally occurs. However, all Greeks are guaranteed freedom of religion.
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