Greece, officially called the Hellenic Republic is a country in the southeast of Europe on the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula. It has land boundaries with Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Albania to the north; and with Turkey to the east. The waters of the Aegean Sea border Greece to the east, and the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea to the west and south.
Area: 131,940 sq km
Climate: temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
Terrain: mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands
Population: 10,668,354 (July 2005 est.)
Religion: Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
Languages: Greek 99% (official), English, French
Community NameThe Greek Community in Tasmania
Size of Community in Tasmania
Local Community Contact DetailsNA
Donation to the International Wall of Friendship
The Greek stone was presented by Peter Castrisios, President of the Greek Orthodox Church & Society of St. George Hobart on 1st of April 1985. The marble came from the same quarry in Athens that was used in the construction of the Parthenon in 422 BC, Marble from this quarry was also used in the construction of the Greek Embassy in Canberra. The stone is a polished face white marble. At top right is a coloured ceramic tile illustrating the Parthenon. The remainder of the design is carved and coloured blue, consisting of the Greek flag at the top left, with the inscription in Greek and English below, the stone is set with a grecian line border.