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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens, as a landlocked location was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing... MORE
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens, as a landlocked location was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2012, Athens was ranked the world's 39th richest city by purchasing power and the 77th most expensive in a UBS study. The city of Athens has a population of 664,046 within its administrative limits and a land area of 39 km². The urban area of Athens extends beyond the administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,074,160, over an area of 412 km². According to Eurostat, the Athens Larger Urban Zone is the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union, with a population of 4,013,368. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland. LESS
Greece's largest public sector union says it will join a nationwide general strike April 9 to protest austerity measures. The ADEDY union said Thursday it was joining the strike call issued by the GSEE union a few days ago. ADEDY said it was also organizing a demonstration outside Parliament on the day lawmakers vote on a new bill legislating the latest measures agreed to between Greece and its international lenders. The bill has not yet been submitted to Parliament, but is expected to be voted on Sunday night. Athens agreed on the measures last week, But some of them have raised serious objections from lawmakers inside the two-party governing coalition.
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