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Pray for Greece

Let's join together in prayer and intercession for Greece. Please post prayers for the people, churches, leaders, and government of each nation in the Pray for the Nations Forum. You can see the current Nation of the Day on the PrayWay Calendar.

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    Greece achieved its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between royalist supporters of the king and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece was able to join NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. Greece joined the European Community or EC in 1981 (which became the EU in 1992); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001.

    The People:
    Population: 10,668,354 (July 2005 est.)
    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 14.4% (male 791,227/female 744,178)
    15-64 years: 66.8% (male 3,561,689/female 3,564,675)
    65 years and over: 18.8% (male 884,497/female 1,122,088) (2005 est.)

    Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%

    Government Type:
    parliamentary republic; monarchy rejected by referendum 8 December 1974

    Leader(s) to pray for:
    chief of state: President Karolos PAPOULIAS (since 12 March 2005)
    head of government: Prime Minister Konstandinos KARAMANLIS (since 7 March 2004)

    Source: The World Factbook

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