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Diplomatic relations between Greece and the United Kingdom are linked with the very founding of the Greek State and date back to 1834.
In addition to the excellent political relations between the two countries, there are close economic and trade ties, alongside the traditional presence in the UK, of prominent Greek shipping companies. Greece is a popular leisure destination for UK citizens, while the British interest in classical and modern Greek culture is undiminished. Of course, an important element of the economic and cultural life in the United Kingdom is the presence of a large and active Greek community.
Greece currently maintains an Embassy in London as well as six Honorary Consulates throughout the UK (Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Gibraltar). The UK maintains an Embassy in Athens, as well as several consular missions throughout Greece, including in Crete, Zante, Corfu and Rhodes.