The native language of the population is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language by the majority of Greeks, while French and German are also spoken at a good extent.
Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and an hour ahead of Central European Time.
Emergency treatment is free to all visitors in public hospitals. There are more doctors per person in Greece than in most other countries in the European Union.
Greece is a full member of the European Union since 1981, and its currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece.
Greece follows the Schengen Agreement provision and the subsequent acquis concerning short term visa issues stays up to three (3) months in the Schengen area. Holders of regular passports from the rest of the world need a visa in order to visit Greece (and the Schengen area). The local PCO will provide invitation letters to all participants for VISA purposes.