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Timeless Travels Magazine - - GREECE -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT + 2 Lan­guage: Greek is the of­fi­cial lan­guage of the coun­try. Elec­tri­cal Cur­rent/ Plugs: 220 - 240v/ Hz. The plugs are two round prongs. Cul­ture: Though for most peo­ple the first thing that comes to mind is an­cient Greece, the mod­ern so­ci­ety is a com­plex mix of Mediter­ranean, Balkan, Mid­dle Eastern and Euro­pean el­e­ments. These com­bi­na­tions mean that most peo­ple can find some­thing fa­mil­iar in Greek cul­ture while also find­ing some­thing new. Re­li­gion: The ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion are Chris­tian Ortho­dox. Wa­ter: In Athens tap wa­ter is drink­able but it is best to check if you go out into ru­ral ar­eas. The price of bot­tled wa­ter at kiosks and shops is reg­u­lated at €0.50 for a 50cl bot­tle and €1 for a 1L bot­tle. Pol­i­tics: A par­lia­men­tary democ­racy cur­rently gov­erned by a coali­tion gov­ern­ment headed by the SYRIZA party. Changes of gov­ern­ment and elec­tions are fre­quent, es­pe­cially dur­ing the cur­rent debt cri­sis, with five na­tional elec­tions in the past seven years. It is worth keep­ing an eye on in­ter­na­tional me­dia re­ports as the cur­rent cri­sis has seen sev­eral rounds of gov­ern­men­tal in­sta­bil­ity though this rarely im­pacts on trav­ellers. Strikes and demon­stra­tions in the cen­tre of Athens, fre­quently con­nected to on­go­ing events, are com­mon and oc­ca­sion­ally af­fect trans­port con­nec­tions to the air­port and port, ho­tel staff should be able to keep you up to date.

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