Greece was founded between 800 B.C and 500 B.C. Since Greece was founded almost 40,000 years ago, there has been a profound number of health issues and illnesses that have surfaced in the country. Some of the top illnesses in Greece are tuberculosis, influenza, West Nile virus, AIDS, and a number of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Greece is located in Southern Europe bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea. The capital of Greece is Athens, which is the most popular and largest city in Greece (“Where”). The population in Greece, as of 2018 is 11.14 million. Greece’s population is ranked number 79 in the world. The top languages spoken in Greece are Greek, English, and French. Greece has a variety of languages that are spoken in the different areas of Greece (“Greece”). Going along with languages spoken in Greece, there is also a variety of ethnicities in Greece. There are a lot of ethnicities that have immigrated to Greece. The ethnicities in Greece include: Greek, Turkish, Bulgarians, Romanians, and Russian (“Demographics)”.
The climate in Greece is usually mild year round. In January and average temperature is 52 degrees fahrenheit. In Athens, if it is cold enough, it can snow during winter. But overall, January is the coldest month in Greece. In August the Average temperature is 92 degrees fahrenheit (Rada). A lot of Athenian people tend to go out more in August because the weather is very nice. In the fall, there is a mixture of cool days and hot days. In the months of September to November, is when a mixture of cool weather and hot weather. The weather during the fall can go from hot and sunny to high winds and cold in a couple hours. There is also a decent amount of humidity during the summer months. The humidity is not too high where it is uncomfortable to walk around outside.
Greece is currently dealing with the Greek Debt Crisis. The Greek Debt Crisis has been going on since 2008. Greece owed the European Union a significant amount of money. Greece became in debt when the budget deficit surpassed 15 percent of the gross domestic product. In order to still have money, Greece had to rely on surrounding countries and the European Union to lend them money.
It was such a large amount that was loaned to Greece, which is why Greece is still dealing with the Greek Debt Crisis. Greece was loaned 294.7 billion euros from multiple authorities and private investors in 2015 (Amadeo). Since 2015, Greece has only repaid 41.6 billion euros to those authorities and investors. Greece is going to be repaying those loans until 2059. Also as a result of the Greek Debt Crisis, the government was forced to cut federal spending and increase taxes.
Some current events going on in Greece are a recent fire bombing in Athens, a ‘supercharged’ immune cell to fight cancer, and a raise in Greece’s minimum wage. The firebombing in Greece occurred on Monday evening at the police station in central Athens. There were four police officers injured when the attack occurred. The suspects of the bombing was a group of about fifty anarchist.
The suspects used molotov cocktails to ambush the police station (Kokkinidis). There were around forty molotov cocktails thrown at the police station. There was a significant amount of damage to the police station and cars parked on the street. The front of the police station received some damage and there were eight cars damaged during the ambush as well.
The next current event happening in Greece is the new found ‘supercharged’ immune cell to fight cancer. Scientist, Anastasios Karadimitris, and his research team came up with the idea to fight off cancerous cells. There research includes an immune cell that targets cancerous cells to kill (Kampouris). Through their research they were able to get a good success rate of the immune cells killing off the cancer cells. They are also working on mass producing the immune cell so it can be used on multiple patients simultaneously.
The last current event going on in Greece is the increase of minimum wage. The increase of minimum wage is coming nine years after the Greece Debt Crisis started in 2009. The increase of minimum wage is coming after an improvement in the economy since the Greek Debt Crisis. Minimum wage in Greece is currently 568 euros per month and by the beginning of 2019 minimum wage will increase to 600-610 euros per month (Chrysopoulos). Many of the people in Greece are overjoyed because of the increase of minimum wage since it has been nine years since a change in wage has occurred.
Greece is over 40,000 years old. Since Ancient Greece there has been a numerous amount of health issues that have surfaced. Some of the major health issues in Greece are tuberculosis, influenza, West Nile Virus, AIDS, and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety (Kalmouki). Some of these illnesses are curable by antibiotics and treatments, while some of them have no cure. Influenza is the only illness that has a definite cure. All the other illnesses, West Nile Virus, AIDS, depression and anxiety, don’t have definite cures but the different treatment options can help decrease the possibilities of the illness becoming life threatening or fatal. The West Nile Virus was not present in Greece for many years but began to resurface in 2010. Foreign travellers to Greece are subject to contracting West Nile Virus if they do not get the proper vaccinations before coming to the country. Things such as a cold or the flu can also be contracted by foreign travellers depending if their vaccinations are up to date and where they go in the country.
Greece is one of the oldest countries in the world. Many events in Greece have happened centuries earlier that has affected Greece now. Thing such as the Greek Debt Crisis and common illnesses such as tuberculosis, influenza, AIDS, West Nile Virus, and mental illnesses have been present in the country for many years. There has been a rocky slope of the disease being present and not present in Greece. Greece is currently in a good state with the health of their citizens and their economy.