Athens Stock Exchange

Most of Greece’s industrial businesses are located either in or in

the

surrounding areas of Athens, so the Athens Stock Exchange is conveniently located in the business hub of Greece. Manufacturers of soap, chemicals, cement,

pottery, alcohol and textiles, to name a few, are located here.

Industries

such as publishing, machinery and transportation are also thriving in

the

Athens region. A large portion of the citizens in Athens, are employed

in

service areas such as education, banking, health care and

administration.

Athens received a major economic boost through the 2004 Olympics, which

created a larger tourist industry and transportation systems were

upgraded.

The growing tourist industry has also led to the restoration of

monuments

and museums, and vast infrastructure improvements. The heart of the

national

transport network, for Greece, is in Athens. To assist Athens in

relieving

their congested roads, the European Union provided Athens with

development

aid that led to construction of the metro, tram systems and the

construction

of a new airport. Archaeological excavations and discoveries caused the

improvements to the transportation systems to slow.

Products that are exported from Greece include seafood, electrical

appliances, glassware items, industrial accessories, olive oils,

tobacco,

building materials, furniture and musical instruments. Greece

frequently

imports coffee, machinery, fuels, transport equipment, cosmetics and

food

products. Investments into the country has also improved the economy,

but

budget cuts to government expenditure, the restructuring of pension and

labor systems, and the downsizing of the public sector, are being

looked at,

to improve the economy.

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