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Economic comparisons of First world countries and their GDP.

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3. I would classify Italy as a first world country because of it's fairly high GNP. Greece would be a developing nation because of it's fairly high IMR and low GNP. 4. Social - In both Greece and Italy there is an importance and tradition up held with family. In Italy, for example, the family comes first. Historically families have ruled over Italy such as the Sforzas of Milan and the Gonzagas of Mantua. Even today, escpecially in Sicily and Palermo, feuds between families arupt and break into fights, hence the Mafia was formed which is controlled by superior families. Although, in Italy, modern life is starting to break up the family trait, it is still a great pleasure to congregate with other family relations for a large meal. Just like the Italians, Greeks also eat with their familes, usually extended by grandparents living with them. Yet in Greece they tend to eat their lunch later than they do in Italy. In Greece a typical day would include waking up at 6:30, working / going to school from 8:00 until 2:30 when the family returns home to have lunch ( the main meal) together. Lunch finishes at 3:30 and then its time for at snooze until 5:00. At 5:30 Dad returns to work until 10:00. Whilst dad is working mother and children relax by watching television until 10:00 when father returns and dinner is had. After dinner the family relaxes until 11:00 when its time for bed. Whereas in Italy the day starts at 7:30 and by 8:00 the family is off to work / school. By 1:30 the nation has stopped to return home and have lunch ( main meal ) which goes until 2:30. From 2:30 to 4:00 the mum and dad relax, whilst from 2:30 to 5:00 the kids are still at school. After the parents have finished resting they return to work and leave by 7:00. ...read more.


To the north, it has borders with Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria, and to the east it borders Turkey. The peninsula, which constitutes mainland Greece, is surrounded by more than 1400 islands, of which 169 are inhabited.The islands are divided into six groups: the Cyclades, the Ionians, the Dodecanese, the islands of the North-Eastern Aegean, the Sporades and the Saronic Gulf islands. The two largest islands, Crete and Evia, do not belong to any group.In Italy mountains feature prominently in the topography, and cover it's borders all the way from Genoa in the west to Trieste in the east. Italy's backbone is formed by the Apennines, extending from Genoa right down to the south ofCalabria. Roughly four-fifths of Greece is mountainous, with most land lying over 1500m (4920ft) above sea level. The Po River Valley in Italy's northeast forms the largest lowland area, and is heavily populated and industrialised as a result. Underground activity is evident from the country's three active volcanoes - Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands, Vesuvius near Naples and Etna on Sicily. Beautiful, yes, but these volcanoes have caused major devastation wrought by earthquakes and eruptions especially in 1980 and recently in 2001. Beauty abounds in Italy but, unfortunately, so does pollution, particularly in the big cities and along the coast. In the countryside the locals' love of hunting, has extinguished many animal species once famous to Italy such as brown-eared rabbits. You might spot a brown bear or a lynx if you're lucky, and the Alpine regions are still home to wolves, marmots, chamois and deer. Mouflon sheep and wild boars and cats can be found on Sardinia, while in the skies falcons, hawks and golden eagles dodge the hunters' birdshot. Like the Italians, Greeks are overly fond of hunting and fishing, resulting in the serious depletion of marine and bird life in some places. The human population that shares their mountain habitats considers wolves and bears pests rather than endangered species. ...read more.


For Greece the future is with it's already non-fluxuating, graually increasing industry . With the decline in demand for tabacco Greece will have to replant the 3.5% of cultivated land that is set aside for tabacco. For Greece to future does look bright for one sector - the textile industry. With trade links now firmly set with much of western Europe, Greece's textile industry has been increasing by 17.8% for the past 12 years. As western Europe is home to the worlds leading fashion, accessories and fashion designers, there is no shortage for demand of Greek fabrics. b) For Greece I would suggest to plant mulberry plants in the north; possibly just north of Thessaloniki in Nigrita or Serrai. Here the land is fertile and ideal for planting mulberry plant for silkworms to eat. The silkworms then produce silk strands and can be later produced into silk, where it can be sold in Greece's ever-growing textile industry. The silk can be used to sell at local markets for the local women to wear or can be exported overseas, increasing the GNP. For Italy I would suggest a somewhat 'revolution' in the comic / cartoon industry by Italy producing and selling ideas, scripts and drawings to other countries such as France, who is the highest producers of cartoons in the world. Italy could write the show, employ people to create and draw the actual cartoons and sell their ideas to well renowned companies such as the 'Carrerre Group'. This is very cost efficient and an untapped resource. Another plan for Greece would be for her to increase it's number of sheep, hence producing more meat and possibly able to sell leftovers, but primarily for the sheep's ool, which Greek farmers and their wifes could shear and sell wool to Athens or Thessaloniki where they would manafacture it as wool. Then the wool companies could either sell it to colder European countries such as UK , Germany or Belgium, or make the wool into jumpers, jackets, scarves, etc. and then sell them the colder parts of Europe. ...read more.

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