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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Welcome to our Global Greek World!!!

ΚΑΛΩΣ ΗΛΘΑΤΕ! Kalos ilthate!

Welcome!



Welcome to the Global Greek World – our new website!



A few words about us, until we get going properly.



The Global Greek World is our community. It is the wider community of Hellenes around the world who are Greek-Something: Greek-American, Greek-Australian, Greek-New Zealander, Greek-South African, Greek-French, Greek-Swiss...and the list goes on ...



Where are we?



EVERYWHERE!



We don’t have to look far at all. We just need to look around us and we will see someone of Greek origin who has left his or her mark on society. It’s not just the rich and famous Global Greeks who leave a mark on society as a whole; each of us, in our own way, does this every day within our very own community society.



We’re everywhere - from Auckland to Zanzibar, from Aruba to Zimbabwe .



We’re everywhere - present in all walks of life.


You name it, and you can be sure that there will be a Greek-Something, somewhere, in some city, in some country, who has done it, and in a lot of cases, who has done it extremely well.

Architecture, Politics, Law and Order, Medicine, Technology, Fashion and Design, Music, Drama, Theatre and Films are just some of the areas in which we have excelled.


Who are we?


We are around 7 million people (maybe more) of Greek origin who, primarily, live outside Greece but some of us live in Greece too...


We are people who straddle two worlds and often live between two very different societies – between the Hellenic world and culture and our host-country world and culture. We often have the best of both worlds but there are disadvantages too…



Our ages vary – we can be under 10 or over 90.



Many of us were born, or raised, outside Greece.



Many of us visit Greece frequently, some once in twenty years, and some of us have never even been to Greece.



Some of us left Greece to go abroad for various reasons and decided to stay on in our host country.



Some of us have come back ‘home’, to live in the country that our parents or grandparents left behind, to find our roots and to discover what being Greek is all about.



For those of us who have taken this step, it is a major challenge indeed.



Some of us have been disappointed, overwhelmed, angered and frustrated by many aspects of living in Greece.



Some of us have fallen in love with Greece, brought in fresh ideas, created new businesses, thrived and gone from strength to strength in our ‘new’ home.



What unites us all, wherever in the world we are, is our sense of pride in our common ethnic heritage and our sense of belonging to a wider Community, our sense of belonging to what we call a Global Greek World!!!



Our Website



Each Greek-Something's needs are different. What we want to do is gather this global community together and determine how best we can help each other…what our needs are and how to address them.



We want this website to be useful to you, to be used as a reference point, to inform and be informed. Any feedback and input is extremely valuable as we develop it and get to know the members of our ‘little’ global community and its needs.



Join us and enjoy the journey around our Global Greek World…

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