The Greeks are a nation and ethnic group who have populated Greece and the various historical centers of the Greek world from the 17th century BC to the present day. Today they are primarily found in the Balkan peninsula of southeastern Europe, the Greek islands, Cyprus, and the Greek diaspora.
Greek colonies and communities have been historically established in most corners of the Mediterranean but Greek people have always been centered around the Aegean coasts, where the Greek language has been spoken since antiquity. Until the early 20th century Greeks were uniformly distributed between the Greek peninsula, the western coast ...
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