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Cradle of Western Civilization. By: Chris B. Natural Resources and Climate. Greece has 10 natural resources: lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnetite, marble, and salt. Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine

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by chris b

Cradle of Western

Civilization

By: Chris B.

slide2

Natural Resources and Climate

  • Greece has 10 natural resources: lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnetite, marble, and salt
  • Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine
  • In Summer, the dry, hot days are cooled by winds called meltemi.
  • Winters are mild in lowland areas
  • They have a temperate climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
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What\'s it look like?

  • Greece’s area is 131,957 kilometers (81994 miles)
  • It is slightly smaller than Alabama
  • Greece is mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands
  • Because of this, transportation may be hard
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Developed? Maybe…

  • They have a GDP growth rate of -6%
  • GDP per capita is $25,100
  • Unemployment rate is 24.4%
  • Poverty rate is 20%
  • Compared to other countries, they have a pretty good GDP per capita
  • They have a bad GDP growth rate with very few countries worse than it
  • They would be developed because of their high income that they have.
  • By looks of it, Greece has a higher poverty rate and unemployment rate than the U.S., which can still be bad
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Out to eat?

  • Eating food is just as important as eating out and sharing dinner
  • The manner their food is prepared is endless varieties and taste
  • At restaurants, you can go into the kitchen to choose what you want by looking at the food
  • They normally eat lunch at 12:00 – 2:00PM but with changing work schedules, gathering at midday is no longer possible for some families
  • For some holidays, they might enjoy roast lamb and kokoretsi (lamb liver, lungs, and spleen wrapped in intestines)
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United Greece

  • Greece is a founding member of the United Nations
  • They have been a member of what is now the European Union
  • In general, the Greeks are particularly proud of their culture
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Importance

  • There normal language is Greek which is a mix of Italian, Turkish, and French
  • Greece is called the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because:
  • They were founders of Democracy, a government most people have today
  • They played a huge role in in philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, and art
  • They were the first to point out it is important to have a healthy body and made medicine
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Culture

  • Almost every city and village has a patron saint who is honored with a festival every year
  • Easter is their most important holiday
  • Work and business hours vary, depending on the season and type of business
  • The Greek population is composed of a 97% of Christian Orthodox
  • Greece has relatively little crime, even in the big cities
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Greece effecting

our money?

  • For several months now, Greece has been in danger of defaulting on its government debt.
  • European leaders negotiated a complex bailout package with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, only to have Papandreou surprise them by announcing that the measure would have to be approved by a national referendum.
  • Papandreou subsequently backed down, but having lost the confidence of his parliament, he was forced to resign
  • These events will certainly have a huge impact on day-to-day life in Greece
  • Somehow, economic difficulties in Greece are yet another force that is working to keep current interest rates low here in the U.S.
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