Peace & Quiet
Greeks smoke eight cigarettes per person per day - twice as many as in England and three times as many as in Sweden. A recent survey showed that only 9 per cent of Greeks said that they were very satisfied with their life, compared with 28 per cent of English people. Perhaps the worry beads don't work after all!
Wet or Dry
It rains in Athens for about 100 days each year. However, all that rain only amounts to 400mm per annum, falling mainly in the winter and hardly at all from July to September. July and August are equally hot, with an average temperature of 32°C. The coldest month is January, averaging 12°C. Population
Almost four million people live in the Greater Athens area. This is nearly a quarter of the Greek population. In the late 19th century, the population was only 124,000. Area
The Greater Athens area covers 427sq km, and is mostly surrounded by natural boundaries. The Aegean Sea is to the south, while to the northeast, northwest, east and west are the hill and mountain ranges of Pentelikon, Parnes, Hymettus and Aegaleos respectively. The highest of these is the Parnes range, rising to 1,413m. Small Firms
In Greater Athens there are roughly 50,000 small industrial companies, although the vast majority actually employ five persons or fewer. Initially Athens
Visitors will regularly see certain sets of initials in Athens, among them the following: EHS The urban railway service ELPA The Touring and Automobile Club of Greece ELTA The Post Office EOT Tourist information offices (NTOG overseas) KTEL The private bus service OASA/ETHEL The public bus service OSE The Railway Organisation OTE The telephone service