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Greek Culture presentation prepared by: Sonia Solarczyk Sylwia Kopeć Stanisław Mostek Sylwester Lis Adam Bandyk

2 Sports in Greece Football is the most popular sport in Greece. The Greek national football team rose to prominence in the UEFA Euro 2004, when they were crowned European champions in one of the biggest shocks in international football history. In picture - Angelos Charisteas, member of the Greek national football team. During the victorious Euro 2004 campaign, Charisteas scored three goals.

3 Sports in Greece Greece has a long tradition and history of success in basketball, which is also very popular in the country. The Greek national basketball team is considered among the world's top basketball powers. In picture - Michalis Kakiouzis, member of the Greek team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and also a member of Greece's silver medal winning team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. 

4 Sports in Greece Athletics has been another successful individual sport which has often given to Greece joy. Greek athletes have won 29 medals in total at the Olympic games for Greece and 19 medals in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics. In picture - Periklis Iakovakis, who won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Annecy.

5 Greek Food Greek cuisine has a long tradition and its flavors change with the season and its geography. The most characteristic and ancient element of Greek cuisine is olive oil, which is frequently used in most dishes. It is produced from the olive trees prominent throughout the region, and adds to the distinctive taste of Greek food.

6 Greek Food Greek cuisine uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines do, namely: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves. Dining out is common in Greece, and has been for quite some time. There’s a lot of traditional restaurants and bars, but fast-food has also become more popular in Greece.

7 Greek Food Appetizers : Deep-fried vegetables Dakos Greek Salad
Kalamarakia Patatosalata Tyropita

8 Greek Food Soups: Bourou-Bourou Fasolada Psarosoupa Trahana
Vegetarian main dishes: Arakas me aginares Gemista Lachanorizo Spanakorizo

9 Greek Food Meat and seafood dishes: Gyros Astakomacaronada Pastitsio
Souvlaki Xiphias Desserts and sweets: Finikia Koulourakia Loukoumi Kourabiedes Diples Yogurt

10 Greek Food Drinks: Greek coffee Wine Mastichato Ouzo

11 Greek Music Greek music splits into two parts: traditional Greek music and Byzantine music. Greek music has many similiarities with the music of Cyprus. History of their music extends far back into ancient Greece. In picture - different types of Greek flutes.

12 Greek Music If talking about modern Greek Music, they have artists from all genres – starting from jazz (Sphinx), rock (The Earthbound, Monika Christodoulou), ending at acid house and underground (Stereo Nova, Plokámi tou Karxaría). In picture – on of the Stereo Nova albums.

13 Greek Music Funny fact: The majority of people don’t remember the traditional music and moves. In fact that music is annoying for young people... but at weddings everybody’s dancing.

14 Greek Holidays You may be thinking that people who lives in Greece don’t have to go abroad to spend their holiday break. In fact – they really don’t have to. But many of Greeks try to leave their houses and visit one of the Greek islands. In picture – seaside of the largest island in Greece, Crete.

15 Greek Holidays This fact can be surprising too, but Greeks with smile on face wants to leave their houses and go to the hotter countries, like Egypt. Also „staycation” phenomenon is very popular last years in Greece – many people are satisfied of the weather in their country.

16 Greek Ethnic Group Greek colonies and communities have been historically established in most corners of the Mediterranean, but Greeks have always been centered around the Aegean Sea, where the Greek language has been spoken since antiquity. In picture – famous Greek people.

17 Greek Ethnic Group In the aftermath of the Greco-Turkish War a large-scale population exchange between Greece and Turkey transferred and confined Christians from Turkey, except Constantinople into the borders of the modern Greek state and Cyprus. Other ethnic Greek populations can be found from southern Italy to the Caucasus and in small communities in other countries. Map of the top fifty countries with the largest Gek communities.

18 Greek Ethnic Group Throughout the 20th century, millions of Greeks migrated to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Germany, creating A thriving Greek diaspora. Net migration started to show positive numbers from the 1970s but until the beginning of the 1990s the main influx was that of return migrants. In picture - Central square in Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece.

19 Greek Religions The Greek Constitution recognizes the Orthodox faith. The Greek government does not keep statistics on religious groups and censuses do not ask for religious affiliation. According to the U.S. State Department, an estimated 97% of Greek citizens identify themselves as Orthodox Christians, belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. In picture – flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.

20 Greek Religions Estimates of the recognized Greek Muslim minority, which is mostly located in Thrace. Athens is the only EU capital without a built place of worship for its Muslim population. There’s also group of Judaism, but it’s very small in comparison to other religion groups. In picture - Holy Trinity monastery, in Meteora, central Greece.

21 Greek Religions Greek members of Roman Catholic faith are estimated at 50,000 with the Roman Catholic immigrant community approximating 200,000. The Jehovah's Witnesses report having 28,859 active members. In picture – one of the Greek Orthodox Churches.

22 Greek Languages Greek was a widely spoken lingua franca in the Mediterranean world and beyond during Classical Antiquity, and would eventually become the official parlance of the Byzantine Empire. Greece is today relatively homogeneous in linguistic terms, with a large majority of the native population using Greek as their first or only language.

23 Greek Languages Among the Greek-speaking population, speakers of the distinctive Pontic dialect came to Greece from Asia Minor after the Greek genocide and constitute a sizable group. In map - Regions with a traditional presence of languages other than Greek.

24 Greek Languages The Muslim minority in Thrace consists of speakers of Turkish, Bulgarian and Romani. Romani is also spoken by Christian Roma in other parts of the country. Aromanians and Moglenites, also known as Vlachs, whose language is closely related to Romanian and who used to live across several areas of central Greece.

25 Greek Languages Near the northern Greek borders there are also some Slavic or locally known as Slavomacedonian-speaking groups, whose members identify ethnically as Greeks in their majority. In picture - ancient theatre of Epidaurus.

26 Greek Government Greece is a parliamentary republic. President of country is Karolos Papoulias (since 2005) and the Prime Minister is George Papandreou. Since the restoration of democracy, the Greek two-party system is dominated by the liberal conservative New Democracy (ND) and the social-democratic Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). In picture – Karlos Papoulias, president of Greece.

27 Greek Government Other significant parties include the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS). In 2010, two new parties split off from ND and SYRIZA, the centrist-liberal Democratic Alliance (DS) and the moderate leftist Democratic Left (DA).

28 Greek Government Since the 2010 economic crisis, the two major parties, New Democracy and PASOK, have seen a sharp decline in the share of votes in polls conducted, with predictions allocating just over 60% of eligible votes to them. Additionally, only 11% of the population agree with the policies of the governing party, PASOK, while only 6% with the main opposition, New Democracy. In picture – Hellenic Parliament.

29 Where did we find info? All of the pictures in our presentation are from Google Graphics (with permissions to download and public). Some of the pictures are also from wikipedia gallery. Sites are:

30 Little bonus from our group
Our group, starting from left: Sylwia Kopeć, Sonia Solarczyk, Stanisław Mostek, Sylwester Lis and Adam Bandyk. On the background you can see a poster about our Indepence Day celebration on 11th of November. (date from camera is… epic)

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