Greece is located in southeastern Europe, a strategic geographical position that links Europe with Asia and Africa. An EU member since 1981, Greece joined the Eurozone in 2001, NATO since 1952 and a founding member of the United Nations (1945). Classified in developed countries with high per capita income and the 22nd best country in terms of quality of life in world. The Greek economy is based on two pillars; tourism and shipping are the two most important industries in the country contributing significantly to the GDP, as well as being a great source of exchange. The last 5 years has seen significant growth to the Greek economy from the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and logistics industries.