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With nearly 1,600 surrounding islands, Greece covers about 51,000 square miles (132,000 square kilometers), and is located at the southeastern edge of the European continental mainland. It neighbors Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria in the north, and Turkey in the east. However, the majority of its land is bordered by seas, the Ionian Sea on the west, and the Aegean Sea on the east, giving it the 11th-longest coastline in the world. It had an estimated population of 10.7 million in July 2012, the majority living in urban areas, primarily the capital of Athens and in Thessaloniki. The Greek economy accounts for approximately $318 billion in gross domestic product (GDP). The Greek state employs over 40 percent of the labor force, represented by union leadership, while ...

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