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Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, historically known as Hellas, is a country in southern Europe, with a population of about 11 million in 2016. Athens is the country's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece is at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. It lies at the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula and shares the land borders with Albania in the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria in the north and Turkey in the northeast. The Aegean is located in the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea in the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean in the south.