Exploring the Culture of Greece

Greece is famous for its hospitality, history, nature, and sunny weather. Democracy and ideas central to Western Civilization can trace their origin to ancient Greece and their spirit can be felt today. Greece is a hub of rich cultural experiences filled with friendly people and countless adventures. The Greek word kefi is used to describe being joyful, spirited, and having a general love of life. Capturing this feeling is at the heart of Greek culture!

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Greek People and Community

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Family plays a central role in Greek life and it’s not uncommon for Greek families to have adult children, grandparents, or other relatives living at home with them. Greeks enjoy good food and good company and love to have lively conversation with friends and family during meals!

Language and Communication Styles

Student with Greek ruins

Greek is the country’s official language and spoken by a vast majority, with some Greek dialects and minority languages spoken as well. Some other languages spoken include Macedonian (“Slav-Macedonian” in Greece), Albanian, spoken in the centre and the south, and Turkish. The most common world languages learned by Greeks are English, German, French and Italian.

Food in Greece

Greek Food
Selection of traditional greek food – salad, meze, pie, fish, and tzatziki.

Contemporary Greek cuisine makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, and meat. Traditional Greek food includes classic dips like tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber, and garlic), olives, moussaka, fresh fish, octopus, and grilled meat.

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