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Location:South-Eastern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Turkey
Geographic coordinates:39 00 N, 22 00 E
Map references:Europe
Area:total: 131,940 sq km
water: 1,140 sq km
land: 130,800 sq km
Land boundaries:total: 1,228 km
border countries: Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 246 km
Coastline:13,676 km
Maritime claims:continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
territorial sea: 6 NM
Climate:temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
Terrain:mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands
Elevation extremes:lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mount Olympus 2,917 m
Natural resources:bauxite, lignite, magnesite, petroleum, marble, hydropower potential
Land use:arable land: 22.12%
permanent crops: 8.47%
other: 69.41% (1998 est.)
Geography - note:strategic location dominating the Aegean Sea and southern approach to Turkish Straits; a peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 2,000 islands