Corinth Canal, Greece
Source: Big Stock Photo
Photo below: Corinth Canal, image by "Alterego" from the Wikipedia open source photo page.
Current amount of IMF/EU loans to Greece: €240 billion (US $397bn).
Greek Account Deficit 2012 2.9% of GDP
Greek Account Deficit 2011 9.9% of GDP
Greek Account Deficit 2008 14.7% of GDP
GDP estimate (4th quarter 2012):-6.0%
GDP estimate (3rd quarter):-7.2%
GDP estimate (2nd quarter):-6.3%
Greek foreign exchange reserve Dec 2012: €5.5 Bn
Unemployment Oct 2012: 26.8%
Import Price Index - Greece is heavily dependent upon import items. Increase of 2.4% calculated between June 2012 and June 2011.
Demographics:ELSTAT put the population of Greece ("registered population") at 9,903,628 for 2011.
Population of Athens:
- Municipality: 655,780
- Metropolitan: 3,737,550
- Urban: 3,074,160
2012 estimates non-Greek immigrants at over 800,000 (legal) and 350,000+ (illegal) in Greece.
Rick Steves' Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese amazon.com
Credit Ratings around the world
Nice interactive world map that shows the credit ratings for sovereign nations around the planet. That's right: Greece has a burning red "substantial risk" rating at present.
With national ratings and global banks all experiencing a phenomenon of credit rating 'adjustments', I don't know for how long this chart will be accurate.
Entire chart at chartbin.com
Bust: Greece, the Euro and the Sovereign Debt Crisis - By Matthew Lynn amazon.com
Greece's 'Odious' Debt: The Looting of the Hellenic Republic by the Euro, the Political Elite and the Investment Community - By Jason Manolopoulos amazon.com
Understanding the Crisis in Greece: From Boom to Bust - By Theodore Pelagidis amazon.com
The Imminent Crisis: Greek Debt and the Collapse of the European Monetary Union amazon.com
Eyewitness Greece - Athens and the Mainland - 352 Pages
Corinth Canal, Greece
The Corinth Canal separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece and provides a connection between the the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. The canal cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, is 6.3 kilometres (3.9 miles) in length. The canal was built between 1881 and 1893.
View a 1974 image of the Corinth Canal, with the Colonel's Phoenix and Soldier emblem hanging from the bridge.
The Acropolis in Athens Greece
Greek words and phrases:
mi-la-ka-nis ang-glee-ka [Does anyone speak English?]
then mi-lo el-lee-ni-ka [I don't speak Greek]
The Socialists Revenge in Athens, Greece, 2004
Photo of Thessaly Greece; Meteora mountains 1938. Click to view enlargement.
Scan of Rhodes Island Souvenir tile, circa 1976. Click to view enlargement.