Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

2004 Edition
| Editors: Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Greeks

  • Eugenia Georges
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-29905-X_70

Alternative Names

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Location and Linguistic Affiliation

Greece is located in the southeastern corner of Europe and occupies the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. Its territory of 131,990 km2 also includes some two thousand islands, only a few hundred of which are inhabited. Greek, the official language, is a member of the Indo-European family.

Overview of The Culture

Greece has a population of approximately 10.6 million. With over four million of its inhabitants residing in Athens, the nation’s cultural and political center, and another million in Thessaloniki, Greece is a highly urbanized country. The rural population has been steadily declining since at least World War II and comprises less than 20% of the total population. Today, only about a quarter of Greeks are employed in agriculture. Another quarter work in industry and construction, and nearly half of the population works in the service sector. Tourism, both internal and international, is one of the most dynamic...

Keywords

G6PD Deficiency Beta Thalassemia Shadow Education Greek Woman Religious Healing 
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