Geography of Greece

The section provides all the information you need to understand the geography of Greece.

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General Info

Greece is a peninsular and mountainous country located in Southern-Eastern Europe, in the Balkans peninsula, and has a land area of 128,900 km2 (49,769 sq. miles).
The country has the largest coastline in Europe (13,676km) due to its numerous islands. Greece has a total of 2,000 Greek islands but only 168 are inhabited.
The country is washed to the east by the Aegean Sea, to the west by the Ionian and to the south by the Mediterranean Sea.


Greece's population is estimated at 10,4 million people in 2020.
In terms of total world population, it represents 0.13% and it is ranked at number 87 of all countries.
The density of the Greek population is 81 per square kilometer (209 people per square mile).
85% of its population resides in the cities.


Two-thirds of the territory is covered with mountains.
The highest mountain is Mount Olympus, with its peak at an altitude of 2917 meters.

Natural Ressources

The country is very rich in natural resources providing petroleum, magnetite, lignite, bauxite, hydropower, and marble.

The geographical position of Greece has marked the development of many civilizations throughout the ages.
The special features of the geography of Greece have formed an equally special natural environment.
Greece has a rich diversity of flora and fauna and many species are original in this country, which means that they only reside there.
These rare species live in forests, lakes and rivers.
The limestone and the volcanoes have composited the Greek territory and allowed the formation of many caves and canyons.

Our guide features information about the natural characteristics of Greece: the geography and landscape of the country and the Greek islands.


Characteristics of the geography

Information about the characteristics of the geography of Greece: Athens, the capital of Greece, the different regions in the mainland and the Greek islands.

Athens, Capital of Greece

Athens, the Capital

Athens is the capital of Greece. It belongs to the Prefecture of Attica, located at the center of the Greek territory.
Attica is a peninsula surrounded by four high mountains that form a basin. The city and suburbs of Athens have been constructed in this basin.
The southernmost point of Attica is Cape Sounion, on top of which an ancient temple dedicated to the god Poseidon is found. According to the myth, King Aegeus fell from Cape Sounion and got drowned, when he thought that his only son, Theseus, was killed by the Minotaur in Crete.
On the western side, the Attica peninsula is separated from the Peloponnese with the Corinth Canal, an artificial work that was completed in 1893.

Greece regions