Greece experts Sunvil tell us about why travellers should discover the Peloponnese.
Location The southern peninsula of the Greek mainland, jutting out into the Mediterranean and almost entirely surrounded by sea
Size Approximately 21,439km2 (Encyclopaedia Britannica), just larger than Wales, and slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey, USA
Status Parliamentary republic and member of the EU
Population 1,100,000 (2011 census), almost 10% of the national population of 10.75 million
Life expectancy Male 77 years, female 83 years
Economy Agriculture and tourism
GNI per capita US$19,500 (Peloponnese)
Religion Greek Orthodox Christian
Currency Euro (pronounced evro) and divided into 100 cents (lepta). For up-to-date rates, go to www.xe.com.
International telephone code +30
Time GMT +2 (+3 in summer)
Electrical voltage 220V, 50Hz; standard European plug
Flag Blue and white horizontal stripes with a white cross on a blue background in the top left