The cradle of Western civilization, Greece, is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Hellenic Republic is considered as the birthplace of democracy, western literature, historiography, political science, Olympic games, etc.
Despite of the fact the its borders have changed throughout the year, today Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. Despite that Greece signed the Schengen agreement on 6 November 1992 and started its implementation on 1 January 2000, none of its neighbors has joined the area yet.
The country has an area of 131,990 km2 and 11,183,716 residents. Greece has a unique cultural heritage, beautiful island and beaches, what makes it a favorite destination for many travelers.
In 2017, it received 1,029,564 visa applications from travelers worldwide, what makes it the fifth Schengen country with most applications received.