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 over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence started somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. Athens is located in the southern part of Greece. Athens is spread out across the central plain of Attica. In fact, Athens is located around a number of hills; Lycabettus is one of the tallest hills in the region. The Athens metropolitan area is the centre of economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.
Athens is rated Beta by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
Athens is the #92 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Athens has a population of over 3,100,000 people. Athens also forms part of the wider Athens metropolitan area which has a population of over 3,800,000 people.
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