General Information about Corfu Island or Kerkyra (Kerkira)
Region: Greece, Europe
Population: 120,000 of which 40,000 live in Corfu Town and the rest mainly inhabit the island's numerous villages
Area: 229 sq mi (593 sq km). The coastline is about 217 km including capes.
Climate: Typical Mediterranean climate, with summers that are hot a dry. Heavy rain falls during the 3 months of winter, keeping the island green all year round. Spring comes to the island in February, and the weather warm enough for swimming continues early November.
Languages: Greek and some speakers of English, Italian and German
Time: GMT + 2
Currency: 1 Euro = 100 cents
National Greek Holiday: Independence Day, 25 March (1821)
Access: Corfu has an international airport which called Ioannis Kapodistrias (CFU) and connected by a regular domestic service with Athens. Also Corfu has a port which is an international entry point, with frequent services from Italy and Patra. The port of Igoumenitsa, one hour away by ferry, serves as Corfu's link with mainland Greece.
Religion: Orthodox 95%, Catholic 3%, Others 2%
Geography: The island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, off the north-west mainland coast of Greece, and close to the border with Albania. It is nearly 60 kilometers long and the main town also called Corfu. Corfu Town is located on the east coast. The northern part of the island is mountainous and rises to the peak of Pantokrator, which is Corfu's highest point at 906 meters.
Museums & Libraries: The Archaeological Museum, The Public Library of Corfu, Solomos Museum and the Corfiot Studies Society, The Reading Society of Corfu, The Museum of Asian Art and The Serbian Museum.
Products: Olives and olive oil, Kum Quot Liquor, grapes and wine
Electricity: 220 Volt