Greece is the southernmost country
in Europe. Its mainland
bulges into the Mediterranean like a wedge. To the north, Greece
shares a common border with Albania, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria.
The country is bordered on the east by Turkey. The sea accounts
for the remainder of Greece's borders.
Greece's land area covers 50,944 square miles ( 131,944 square
Kilometers). The greatest distances on its mainland are: from
north to south, 365 miles ( 587 kilometers ), and from east to west,
345 miles ( 555 Kilometers ).
No where in the country is one more then 85 miles ( 137
Kilometer ) from a seacoast. The Lonioan Sea spreads to the west
and the Aegean washes Greece's eastern shores. Though Greece is
about the size or the state of Florida, it has more miles of coast line
then the entire United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
The nation's territory includes 437 islands, which are scattered
about its adjacent seas. Many of the islands are rocky and treeless.
Only 216 of them are inhabited. Some of the islands harbors are
quaint which makes them a haven for artists and writers.
The largest of the Greek islands is Crete, a land steeped in history.