Culture & Languages
Because of its extremely lengthy history, many of Greece’s most widespread cultural contributions are also quite old. Greece’s influence has spread to high schools and universities around the world – many students read Homer’s famous works The Iliad and The Odyssey. Literary genius isn’t confined to Greece’s past; there have been two contemporary Nobel Prize winners in literature. Greek music is also strongly rooted in the past, though the folk music that was once confined to local villages has now.
Apart from its academic and musical traditions, Greece’s food is one of the most recognized aspects of Greek culture. This Mediterranean diet incorporates fresh ingredients into a variety of local and national dishes.
Greek cuisine has a long tradition and its flavors change with the season and its geography .It has influences from the different people’s cuisine the Greeks have interacted with over the centuries, as evidenced by several types of sweets and cooked foods. Contemporary Greek culture and traditions are very rich and diverse, reflecting Greece’s location at the crossing point where the West meets the East and the country’s great and turbulent history. Greeks as a whole are extremely proud of their history, their cultural heritage, food and their contribution to literature, art, philosophy and politics.
The official language of Greece is Greek, spoken by 99% of the population. In addition, a number of non-official, minority languages and some Greek dialects are spoken as well. The most common foreign languages learned by Greeks are English, French, Spanish and Italian.