Greece and Australia are 13,569 km apart. These two countries have good foreign relations. In fact, Melbourne is the 3rd largest Greek populated city outside of Greece. In this text, I will be comparing Australia and Greece’s geographic location, land size, the capital city, population, religion, currency military services, and tourist attractions.
Greece is a country in South-Eastern Europe and it is the southernmost country of the Balkan Peninsula. Greece has thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. In fact, there are more than 6,000 Greek Islands but only around 230 are inhabited and about 80 have a population over 100. .Greece has a total land boundary length of 1,228 km (763 mi) and a coastline of 13,676 km …Greece is located between several countries and seas: In the north, it borders with Albania, FYROM, and Bulgaria. In the east, Greece borders with Turkey (and the Aegean Sea). In the south and west, Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (the Ionian Sea is west and the Libyan sea to the south). On the other hand, Australia is a country, a continent, and an island so Australia does not border with any other country as Greece does. It is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. Australia has more than 8,000 islands. Australia comprises a land area of about 7.692 million square kilometers. It is the planet’s sixth-largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil. Australia is about 50 percent greater than Europe and 32 times greater than the United Kingdom and Australia 59 times bigger than Greece.
Two-thirds of Greece is covered with mountains, in fact, eighty percent of the country consists of mountains or hills, making Greece one of the most mountainous countries of Europe. It has 16.000 kilometers of coastline. The climate in Greece is predominantly Mediterranean. Greece has summers that are usually hot and dry, and the winters that can be quiet cold and wet. The upper part of Greece can be very cold during the winter with heavy snow. However, for the south of Greece and the islands, the winters will be milder.
Australia’s geography is extremely diverse than Greece. Australia has several different climate zones. The northern section of Australia has a tropical climate, hot and humid in the summer, and quite warm and dry in the winter, while the southern parts are cooler with mild summers and cool, sometimes rainy winters. 18% of the Australian continent is desert. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth. The population of Australia is mainly concentrated along the eastern and southeastern coasts only 3% of the Australian population live in those dry areas.
Greece’s population consists of 11,123,819 from 2019. Australia however, has almost double the population of Greece, which is currently at 25,103,766 million. The capital city and the largest city of Greece is Athens with a population of Athens has an urban population of 3 million with a metro population of 3.75 million. Athens is the most densely populated region of Greece with 19,000 people per square mile living in the city. Compared to Athens, Canberra the capital city of Australia is a small city of around 400,000 making up only 1.64% of Australia population. Canberra is the eighth largest city in Australia) that sits in between Sydney and Melbourne. Athens however, is the largest city in Greece followed by Thessaloniki and Patra.
Many countries around the world require young people to spend time in the armed forces. Greece is one of those countries where it is compulsory for boys from 19-45 of age to attend military training. In Australia however, it is voluntary to attend the military. Because Greece has bordering countries, it has strong military facilities and presence. Greece has more military ships, aircraft, and submarines then Australia.
Religion in Greece is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church, which is within the larger communion of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It represented 90% of the total population. Religion is quite important, in comparison to most other European countries. It is tied to every aspect of the culture. When you drive around Greece, there are churches everywhere. The ties between the state and the Greek Orthodox Church are still quite strong but slowly loosening. Australia however, is quite diverse when it comes to religion, as it is a multicultural country. Christianity is though the predominant religion in Australia. In recent surveys, the number of Australians identify with no religion than any single religion has increased.
Australia and Greece have different currencies. Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar, which comes in plastic notes of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. However, Greece’s currency has changed. Before Greece joined the European Union, it used a currency called the drachma. Now Greece has the Euro. The euro is a common currency, equal across all nations. The value of the Euro is 1 euro buys you 1.60 Australian dollars. Euro’s are a mixture of paper and plastic notes consisting like Australia of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Australia and Greece are famous worldwide for their tourist attractions. There is something for everybody in these countries. Both Australia and Greece are famous for their beaches. Australia has the Barrier Reef, koalas and kangaroos, the Opera House, and many more. Greece also has its own destinations worthy to visit such as the Santorini, Mikonos, Zakynthos Acropolis and Parthenon, Temple of Poseidon, and many more. In addition, these countries have their own unique food.
Australia compared to Greece is considered a young nation however, it’s land and Aboriginal culture date back to 40,000 years. Greek civilization dates back to thousands of years too. Greece is known as the birthplace of democracy and having the biggest influence on Western civilization from the Arts, government, architecture, sports, literature, science and mathematics.
Australia and Greece are thousands of miles apart. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa and is Australia located in Oceania surrounded by three oceans. Both countries have similarities and differences as I have discussed above and they are both beautiful countries in their own unique way with their extraordinary landscapes and beautiful breathtaking beaches.