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Greece Geography

    Location: Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey

    Geographic coordinates: 39 00 N, 22 00 E

    Map references: Europe

    total: 131,940 sq km
    land: 130,800 sq km
    water: 1,140 sq km

    Area—comparative: slightly smaller than Alabama

    Land boundaries:
    total: 1,210 km
    border countries: Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 228 km

    Coastline: 13,676 km

    Maritime claims:
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    territorial sea: 6 nm

    Climate: temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers

    Terrain: mostly mountains with ranges extending into sea as peninsulas or chains of islands

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
    highest point: Mount Olympus 2,917 m

    Natural resources: bauxite, lignite, magnesite, petroleum, marble

    Land use:
    arable land: 19%
    permanent crops: 8%
    permanent pastures: 41%
    forests and woodland: 20%
    other: 12% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: 13,140 sq km (1993 est.)

    Natural hazards: severe earthquakes

    Environment—current issues: air pollution; water pollution

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

    Geography—note: strategic location dominating the Aegean Sea and southern approach to Turkish Straits; a peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 2,000 islands

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