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People of Greece

The Greeks inhabited Greece from the 17th century BC to the present day, they resided in states, known as "polis." Though the people in different Greek towns spoke the same language and had similar religious beliefs, they were often at war with each other. Currently, the Greeks are mostly found in the Greek peninsula of southeastern Europe(a region where the Greek language has been continuously spoken for over 3500 years), the Greek islands and Cyprus. The majority of people in Greece reside in towns along the coast, with over 50% living in, and around, Athens. The majority of people in Greece are of Greek heritage with small populations of Turks, Bulgarians and other Europeans. In Greece it is noteworthy that women have a body mass index (BMI) below 25, something that only happens in France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal. This bmi calculator for wome calculates body mass index from your Weight and Height and also shows how your weight compares to other women of the same height and age.

Greek societies and communes have been historically located in most corners of the Mediterranean but Greek people have have always been centered around the Aegean coasts, where the Greek language has been spoken since ancient times. Until the early 20th century Greeks were uniformly distributed between the Greek peninsula, the western coast of Asia Minor, Pontus and Constantinople, regions which concurred to a very large extent with the borders of the Byzantine Empire of the late 11th century and the areas of Greek colonization in the ancient world. In the aftermath of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) in 1923, a large scale inhabitants exchange between Greece and Turkey transferred and confined ethnic Greeks almost entirely into the borders of the modern Greek state, that is, in areas where groups of Greek-speaking Indo-Europeans first established themselves about 1500 BC, as well as in Cyprus. Other ethnic Greek populations can be found from Southern Italy to the Caucasus and diaspora communities in a number of other countries. Currently, the vast majority of Greeks are at least nominally adherents of Greek Orthodoxy.

The 2001 census of Greece reported a population of 10,964,020 people. The Greek people are recognized for their friendliness and kindness to strangers, although nowadays it is maybe harder to find than it used to be. Nevertheless, Greece is still one of the few places where you may be invited into a local's home and given a banquet, or where they may wish to take you out and treat you for a banquet. Most Greeks would consider it an insult if their guests paid for the banquet. The Greek people are also very illusory. Tuesday is considered unlucky, because it is the day on which Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks. They also believe in the 'evil eye' which can be cast by envy or avarice, so don't admire another person too highly, or they may blame you for their bad luck.

The most of the Greeks are Eastern Orthodox Christians, who belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. There are also minor groups following to other Christian denominations or religions. The main non-Orthodox Christian denomination are Roman Catholics (including Greek Byzantine Catholic Church and some Ukrainian Rite Catholics), and more latterly Evangelicals, Seventh-day Adventists, Methodists, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Since the days of the Ottoman Empire, there has been a Muslim minority within Greek society, and for much of its history, Greece has had a important Jewish community.

Greece is a mediterranean country and his citizens are very friendly people. Actually the greeks shares his lifes, culture or jobs with real life cams due to technological improvements and the massive use of internet. The webcams in Greece are frequently used to show the financial and social problems of the country, to the world.

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