Damn, still far.
When it comes to Greece I guess they mean the British rule in Corfu between 1815-1864? I am fairly sure people in Corfu felt (feel?) glad that happened.
NASA Earth Observatory / NOAA Egypt’s Nile River valley and delta takes center stage in this night-light picture of the Middle East. The image was acquired on Oct. 13 by the Suomi NPP satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. The city lights of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem shine above and to the right of the Nile, while the island of Cyprus glows in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The lights seen in this image have been brightened during processing to make the city lights easier to distinguish. (via Holiday calendar: O Holy Night! - PhotoBlog)
And Athens at the top left.
Greece has almost the same population as Ohio. Interesting.
Daily chart: how long leaders stay in office in different countries. Countries in the Middle East tend to hold on to their leaders longer than anywhere else (a little over eight years on average). Africa comes next at more than seven years.