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Rhodes Island

Written by Tim Ross
What an incredible place. Rhodes offers almost any kind of holiday you could want. If you want peace and quiet, youíll find it on Rhodes. If you want activities and night-life, Rhodes has got it. If you want to explore history and culture, that is there too. The island is clean, the locals are very warm and friendly to tourists. English is spoken everywhere and most signs are in English too.
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Facts & Trivia

55% of the youth in Greece, graduate from a 4yr college - Highest rate in the world.

Greece has the lowest crime rate in Europe, and second in the world.

85% of Greek people own their accommodation - the highest rate in the EU.

Greece is currently the most sexually active country in the world. (Durex Global Sex Survey)

Greece has the highest smoking rates in Europe

Greece came third in Europe, when asking 'Do you believe in God' -- 83% said yes.

80% of Greece is mountainous and 50% is covered by forests.

Greece is the 2nd largest mountainous country in Europe after Switzerland.

Greece has half the seismic activity of Europe.

Athens is the oldest city in Europe, and the birthplace of democracy.

Greece enjoys three climates: Mediterranean, Temperate and Alpine.

Greece has more goats than any other country in Europe. (Ever wonder why we always eat lambs at Easter?)

Greece is the only country in the world that is officially Orthodox (Christian)

Greece is the only country in Europe where state and religion is united.

Greece has the largest maritime fleet in the world. (15.5%)

Greece has about 2,000 islands. (227 are inhibited)

During the World War II, Greece was the only country which had to fight 3 countries continuously (Italy, Albania, Germany). And it was the only country in which it held the most days of resistance. (219 days)

Hitler referred to Greeks durring WWII as 'the bravest who fought with the highest disregard of death' (1943)

Winston Churchill recalled them 'Greeks do not fight like heroes. Heroes fight like Greeks.' (1941)

Santa Claus is Greek. (St Nicholas was a rich Greek that used to donate his money to the poor)

Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation in the Greek island of Patmos.

Greece is considered 'the cradle of Western Civilization'

The word Lesbian, was derived from the female warriors living in the island of Lesbos.

The 'Lost City of Atlantis' is believed to be found in the island of Santorini after a volcanic erruption.

The New Testament was written in Greek.

Cleopatra was Greek. (She came from the famous Ptolemy family, and she was the only Greek ruler that spoke Egyptian)

13% of the English Dictionary is derived from Greek words.

Interesting words that come from Greek are: Europe, Bible, Christ and telephone.

Greece is the only country in Europe that is considered 'Western' that is not geographically located in the Western part of Europe.

Famous ancient Greeks are: Homer, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra.

Greece is home to the Olympic Games, and the Highest mountain in Greece is Olympus, in which the Greek Gods were supposed to live at.