Greece lies at the southern extremity of the Balkan peninsula in south-eastern Europe. The peninsula, which constitutes mainland Greece, is surrounded by about 1400 islands, of which 169 are inhabited. The islands are divided into six groups: the Cyclades, the Ionian, the Dodecannese, the islands of the North-Eastern Aegean, the Sporades and the Saronic Gulf islands (near Attica). The two largest islands, Crete and Evia, do not belong to any group. Roughly four-fifths of Greece is mountainous, with most land lying over 1500m above sea level. Ipiros and Macedonia, in northern Greece, still have extensive forests, but the rest of the country has been seriously denuded by goat grazing, felling and forest fire.

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