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Hellenic Republic
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Location  Europe
Capital  Athens
Area  131,957 sq km
Population  10,761,523
"A trouble shared is a trouble halved"
(Proverb/Quote of the Week)

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January 1

  • Greece became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 1 January 1995.[1]
  • Greece joined the European Union (EU), an economic and political union of European countries, on 1 January 1981. Greece was the tenth member country to join EU.[2]

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  • Greece, Cyprus and Israel on 2 January 2020 signed a deal to build a 1,900 km (1,180 mile) undersea pipeline, EastMed, to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean’s rapidly developing gas fields to Europe.

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  • Greek scientists have discovered a rare fossilized tree whose branches and roots are still intact after 20 million years at the volcanic island of Lesbos, as reported on 27 January 2021.

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  • The bottlenose dolphin only colonized the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age - about 18,000 years ago – according to new research published on 17 February 2015 by Greek scientists and their international colleagues.[3]

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  • Greece became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance, on February 18, 1952.[4]

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  • Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis won the first prize at the 2016 Days Japan photo contest for his image series named In Search of a New Life.[5]

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  • Greece and Turkey signed 25 agreements to boost bilateral relations on 4 March 2013. Under these agreements, the two neighbors will strengthen their cooperation in the fields of transport, information, media, sports, healthcare, agriculture, education and tourism, among others.

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  • Greek scientists were awarded a research grant by the European Research Council (ERC) on 12 March 2015 as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.[6]

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  • The first modern Summer Olympic Games, also known as International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games, were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Athens saw the birth of the modern Olympic Games from April 6 to April 15, 1896.[7]

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  • The 1969 Algerian-French movie Z, directed by Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970.

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  • Archaeologists have discovered two mass graves near the Greek capital in the area of the Faliron Delta containing the skeletons of 80 men, placed side by side and some of whom are shackled, as announced by the Greek Central Archaeological Council on 13 April 2016. These men may have been followers of ancient would-be tyrant Cylon of Athens.

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  • Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece captured his second straight Monte Carlo Masters tennis crown with a 6-3 7-6(3) win over first-time ATP Tour finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on 17 April 2022, claiming his first title of the 2022 season.

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  • Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed his first claycourt tennis title with a 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Pablo Cuevas at the Estoril Open on 5 May 2019.

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  • Petros Giannakouris of Greece won the 3rd prize in the Single News category for his image “Fleeing a Burning Refugee Camp” at the 7th Istanbul Photo Awards on 10 May 2021.

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  • Greece and Australia on 14 May 2014 signed a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement, when brought into effect, will enable the youth of Greece and Australia visit and work in each others' countries.

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  • Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on 24 May 2015 for his film The Lobster.[8]

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  • Greek filmmaker Vasilis Kekatos won the Palme d’Or for Short Films at the Cannes film festival on 25 May 2019 for his film The Distance Between Heaven and Us.[9]
  • Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria on 25 May 2015 signed a trilateral agreement on police and customs co-operation that is expected to support a real-time information-sharing framework between the officials of the three countries.

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  • Greek screenwriters Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou won the Best Screenplay Prize for the film The Killing Of a Sacred Deer at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

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June 1

  • Researchers from Greece and their international colleagues have manufactured a chip on which fast electronic signals can be converted directly into ultrafast light signals—with practically no loss of signal quality. The discovery was published in the journal Nature Electronics on 1 June 2020.[11]

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  • Amid the current gloom of a political and economic crisis gripping their nation, Greece's 1-0 win over Russia to reach Euro 2012 Football Championship quarter-finals gave austerity-weary citizens something to cheers about.

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  • Greece and Macedonia signed an historic preliminary agreement on 17 June 2018 to rename the latter the Republic of North Macedonia, in order to put an end to a dispute that has soured relations between the two countries since 1991.

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  • Greece qualified for the second round of a FIFA World Cup in 2014 for the first time with a 2-1 victory against Ivory Coast.

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  • Archaeologists in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, on 25 June 2012, uncovered a 70-meter (230-foot) section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

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  • A team of Greek and international researchers has identified a 210,000-year-old skull in Greece as the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa, putting the clock back on mankind's arrival in Europe by more than 150,000 years, as published in the journal Nature on 10 July 2019.[12]

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  • Scientists from Greece and an international team have successfully sequenced the genomes of 201 microbes to find out more about the role these tiny, single-celled organisms play in our environment. This insight into the genetic code has also helped the team to draw up a more detailed version of the microbial family tree. Their findings were published on 14 July 2013 in the journal Nature.[13]

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  • Archaeological Site of Philippi in Greece was inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List on 15 July 2016 at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul, Turkey.[14]

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  • Greek scientists and their international colleagues have located an interconnected series of meandering, iridescent white subsea pools in the Southern Aegean Sea containing high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), as reported on 16 July 2015 in the journal Scientific Reports. The pools, which get their distinctive color from opal particles, may hold answers to questions related to deep-sea carbon storage as well as provide a means of monitoring the volcano for future eruptions.[15]

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  • Greece and Saudi Arabia on 27 July 2022 signed energy, military and security cooperation agreements during the official visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to Athens.

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  • Team AMANDA of Greece took the top spot at the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship in World Citizenship category for its anti-bullying app that leverages virtual reality.[16]
  • The International Monetary Fund on 29 July 2013 approved a further 1.7 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in funds for Greece, meant to help Greece recover from the ongoing debt crisis and rebuild its economy.[17]

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August 1

  • Greek computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis was awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in the mathematics world, Nevanlinna Prize, on 1 August 2018.[18]
  • Corinna Tsopei won the Miss Universe title in 1964 representing Greece at the age of 20. Corinna was the first Greek woman to win the title.

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  • The Nonagriam Twins Project in Greece won the Jury Award in the Private House category at the 2020 Architizer A+ Awards.

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  • Greece, Israel and Cyprus on 8 August 2013 signed an agreement in Nicosia for the linking of their electricity grids via a 2,000-megawatt underwater cable – known as the EuroAsia Interconnector. According to the agreement, the three countries will also work together to protect natural gas fields, and will cooperate with treatment of sewage as well as recycling water for use in farming.[19]

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  • Anna Korakaki of Greece won gold in the women's 25m pistol shooting at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Greece men's water polo team clinched the 2017 FINA Junior Men’s World Championships title defeating Croatia in a penalty shootout 12-10 after the match was tied at 7-7.[20]
  • Greece hosted the 28th Summer Olympic Games from 13 to 29 August 2004 in Athens. It was the second time that the Summer Olympics were held in Greece, the birthplace of both the ancient and modern Olympic Games.[21]

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  • Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi won gold in Women's Pole Vault at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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September 1

  • Greece introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public areas since 1 September 2010 as part of an effort to curb the country's high smoking rates. The ban also placed new limits on tobacco advertising.[22]

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  • Greece won its first gold medal at the fourteenth London Paralympics on 4 September 2012 in mixed pairs BC3 boccia event final striking a 4-1 score against Portugal.[23]

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  • Greek archaeologists have unearthed two marble sculpted female figurines, known as Caryatids, in an ancient tomb discovered in Greece's northeast, the country's culture ministry revealed on 7 September 2014.

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  • Lefteris Velissaratos of Greece won the 2015 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award in the Planets, Comets & Asteroids category for an image titled The Arrow Missed the Heart.

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  • A team of Greek and Swiss archaeologists have uncovered an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis, the whereabouts of which have eluded researchers for more than 100 years, as widely reported on 27 September 2017.[24]

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  • Greece and France on 28 September 2021 announced a defence deal worth about €3 billion ($4.8 billion) that will allow them to come to each other's aid in the event of an external threat.

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  • Air China's inaugural direct Beijing-Athens flight landed at Athens International Airport (AIA) on 30 September 2017, a significant milestone in the history of China and Greece relations to further strengthen the bilateral ties.


October 1

  • Greece and Bulgaria started commercial operation of a 182-km gas pipeline on 1 October 2022 which will help boost energy security for both the countries.

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  • Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was awarded Germany's Quadriga Prize for "Power of Veracity" in Berlin on October 3, 2010. The prize, awarded on the Day of German Unity every year by the non-profit Werkstatt Deutschland organization, is traditionally given to "role models who are committed to enlightenment".[25]

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  • Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari scooped the Best Film Award at the 2015 London Film Festival for her film Chevalier.

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  • The Nobel Prize in Literature for 1979 was awarded to Odysseus Elytis from Greece for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness.[26]

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  • Greek scientists have discovered a new species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The new species was named Chelonoidis donfaustoi and was detailed in PLoS ONE on 21 October 2015.[27]

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  • Greece was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 25 October 1945.[28]

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  • Greek and American archaeologists have discovered a Bronze Age warrior’s tomb in southwestern Greece filled with more than 1,400 objects: jewels, weapons and armor, as well as bronze, silver and gold vessels, as revealed on 26 October 2015.[29]

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  • Greece was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the Western European region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias won gold medal in Men's Still Rings final at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.


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  • Greece secured a EUR 285 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) on 3 November 2015 to support various energy projects in Greece, aimed to improve the electricity transmission and interconnection network across the country, while at the same time bolstering environmental-friendly energy security and efficiency.[30]

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  • Ancient shipwreck dating back 2,500 years was discovered beneath Aegean Sea near the island of Kythera, Greece during a marine survey for the Crete-Peloponnese subsea interconnection, the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) announced on 4 November 2021.[31]

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  • Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis was awarded the first prize in the Sports Pictures Story category at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar 2022 photography competition for his black and white series telling the story of young migrants passionate about basketball.[32]
  • Greece was elected on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 12 November 2012 for a three-year term. The council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as the main human rights body of the UN.[33]

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  • The head of an ancient statue of the Greek god Hermes has been unearthed during excavations for sewage system improvements in central Athens, the ministry of culture in Greece said 14 November 2020.

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  • Irene Skliva from Greece won the 46th Miss World contest at the age of 18. The event was held on November 23, 1996 in the city of Bangalore, India. Skliva was the first Greek woman to win the title.[34]

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  • Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis was named Time magazines Wire Photographer of 2015 for his images documenting the refugee crisis in Greece as well as the country’s economic crisis.[35]


December 1

  • Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was named as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based prestigious magazine of global politics, economics and ideas, on 1 December 2015 for his fight to protect Greek economy.

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  • The art of marble-carving in Tinos, Greece was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[36]

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  • A storehouse of ancient treasures, including precious jewels and gold beads, has been uncovered by archaeologists in Greece on an island near Crete devoted to making a precious purple dye from sea snails thousands of years ago, as widely revealed on 11 December 2019.
  • Giorgos Seferis from Greece won the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1963 for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture. Giorgos's Nobel lecture and award ceremony took place on December 11, 1963.[37]

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  • Greek and Swedish archaeologists have discovered an unknown 2,500-year-old city at a village called Vlochós, five hours north of Athens, as announced on 12 December 2016.[38]

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  • Greek photojournalist Yannis Behrakis was named Guardian Photographer of the Year 2015 for capturing the refugee crisis and the financial implosion in Greece.[39]

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