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  • Introduction :: Greece
  • Background field listing
    Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974 following the collapse of the dictatorship, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 2001. Greece has suffered a severe economic crisis since late 2009, due to nearly a decade of chronic overspending and structural rigidities. Since 2010, Greece has entered three bailout agreements with the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF, and with the third, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The Greek Government agreed to its current, $96 billion bailout in August 2015, which will conclude in August 2018.
  • Geography :: Greece
  • Location field listing
    Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    39 00 N, 22 00 E
    Map references field listing
    Europe
    Area field listing
    total: 131,957 sq km
    land: 130,647 sq km
    water: 1,310 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 98
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly smaller than Alabama
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 1,110 km
    border countries (4): Albania 212 km, Bulgaria 472 km, Macedonia 234 km, Turkey 192 km
    Coastline field listing
    13,676 km
    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    Climate field listing
    temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
    Terrain field listing
    mountainous with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 498 m
    elevation extremes: 0 m lowest point: Mediterranean Sea
    2917 highest point: Mount Olympus

    note: Mount Olympus actually has 52 peaks but its highest point, Mytikas (meaning "nose"), rises to 2,917 meters; in Greek mythology, Olympus' Mytikas peak was the home of the Greek gods

    Natural resources field listing
    lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, marble, salt, hydropower potential
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 63.4% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 19.7% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 8.9% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 34.8% (2011 est.)
    forest: 30.5% (2011 est.)
    other: 6.1% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    15,550 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    one-third of the population lives in and around metropolitan Athens; the remainder of the country has moderate population density mixed with sizeable urban clusters
    Natural hazards field listing

    severe earthquakes

    volcanism: Santorini (367 m) has been deemed a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; although there have been very few eruptions in recent centuries, Methana and Nisyros in the Aegean are classified as historically active

    Environment - current issues field listing
    air pollution; air emissions from transport and electricity power stations; water pollution; degradation of coastal zones; loss of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine ecosystems; increasing municipal and industrial waste
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds
    Geography - note field listing
    strategic location dominating the Aegean Sea and southern approach to Turkish Straits; a peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 2,000 islands
  • People and Society :: Greece
  • Population field listing
    10,761,523 (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Greek(s)
    adjective: Greek
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Greek 91.6%, Albanian 4.4%, other 4% (2011)

    note: data represent citizenship; Greece does not collect data on ethnicity

    Languages field listing
    Greek (official) 99%, other (includes English and French) 1%
    Religions field listing
    Greek Orthodox (official) 81-90%, Muslim 2%, other 3%, none 4-15%, unspecified 1% (2015 est.)
    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 13.72% (male 760,615 /female 716,054)
    15-24 years: 9.68% (male 531,957 /female 509,671)
    25-54 years: 42.18% (male 2,259,672 /female 2,279,464)
    55-64 years: 13.28% (male 699,205 /female 729,655)
    65 years and over: 21.14% (male 997,359 /female 1,277,871) (2018 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 52.7 (2015 est.)
    youth dependency ratio: 22.2 (2015 est.)
    elderly dependency ratio: 30.5 (2015 est.)
    potential support ratio: 3.3 (2015 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 44.9 years
    male: 43.8 years
    female: 45.9 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 7
    Population growth rate field listing
    -0.07% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 203
    Birth rate field listing
    8.3 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 218
    Death rate field listing
    11.4 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    Net migration rate field listing
    2.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    Population distribution field listing
    one-third of the population lives in and around metropolitan Athens; the remainder of the country has moderate population density mixed with sizeable urban clusters
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 79.1% of total population (2018)
    rate of urbanization: 0.22% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    3.156 million ATHENS (capital), 811,000 Thessaloniki (2018)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    25-54 years: 0.99 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    55-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    Mother's mean age at first birth field listing
    29.8 years (2014 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    3 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 182
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 4.5 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    male: 5 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    female: 4.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 181
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 80.8 years (2018 est.)
    male: 78.2 years (2018 est.)
    female: 83.6 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 40
    Total fertility rate field listing
    1.44 children born/woman (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 207
    Health expenditures field listing
    8.1% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Physicians density field listing
    6.26 physicians/1,000 population (2014)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    4.3 beds/1,000 population (2015)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 100% of population
    rural: 100% of population
    total: 100% of population
    unimproved: urban: 0% of population
    rural: 0% of population
    total: 0% of population (2015 est.)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 99.2% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 98.1% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 99% of population (2015 est.)
    unimproved: urban: 0.8% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 1.9% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 1% of population (2015 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    0.2% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 93
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    14,000 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 91
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    <100 (2017 est.)
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    24.9% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 54
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write (2015 est.)
    total population: 97.7% (2015 est.)
    male: 98.5% (2015 est.)
    female: 96.9% (2015 est.)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 18 years (2014)
    male: 18 years (2014)
    female: 18 years (2014)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 47.3% (2016 est.)
    male: 44.3% (2016 est.)
    female: 50.7% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 8
  • Government :: Greece
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: Hellenic Republic
    conventional short form: Greece
    local long form: Elliniki Dimokratia
    local short form: Ellas or Ellada
    former: Hellenic State, Kingdom of Greece
    etymology: the English name derives from the Roman (Latin) designation "Graecia," meaning "Land of the Greeks"; the Greeks call their country "Hellas" or "Ellada"
    Government type field listing
    parliamentary republic
    Capital field listing
    name: Athens
    geographic coordinates: 37 59 N, 23 44 E
    time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
    Administrative divisions field listing
    13 regions (perifereies, singular - perifereia) and 1 autonomous monastic state* (aftonomi monastiki politeia); Agion Oros* (Mount Athos), Anatoliki Makedonia kai Thraki (East Macedonia and Thrace), Attiki (Attica), Dytiki Ellada (West Greece), Dytiki Makedonia (West Macedonia), Ionia Nisia (Ionian Islands), Ipeiros (Epirus), Kentriki Makedonia (Central Macedonia), Kriti (Crete), Notio Aigaio (South Aegean), Peloponnisos (Peloponnese), Sterea Ellada (Central Greece), Thessalia (Thessaly), Voreio Aigaio (North Aegean)
    Independence field listing
    3 February 1830 (from the Ottoman Empire); note - 25 March 1821, outbreak of the national revolt against the Ottomans; 3 February 1830, signing of the London Protocol recognizing Greek independence by Great Britain, France, and Russia
    National holiday field listing
    Independence Day, 25 March (1821)
    Constitution field listing
    history: many previous; latest entered into force 11 June 1975 (2016)
    amendments: proposed by at least 50 members of Parliament and agreed by three-fifths majority vote in two separate ballots at least 30 days apart; passage requires absolute majority vote by the next elected Parliament; entry into force finalized through a "special parliamentary resolution"; articles on human rights and freedoms and the form of government cannot be amended; amended 1986, 2001, 2008 (2016)
    International law organization participation field listing
    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Greece
    dual citizenship recognized: yes
    residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years
    Suffrage field listing
    17 years of age; universal and compulsory
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: President Prokopios (Prokopis) PAVLOPOULOS (since 13 March 2015)
    head of government: Prime Minister Alexios TSIPRAS (since 21 September 2015); note - Vassiliki THANOU-CHRISTOFILOU served as interim prime minister beginning on 27 August 2015 for less than a month after the resignation of Alexios TSIPRAS on 20 August 2015; she was Greece's first female prime minister. Alexios TSIPRAS did return as Prime Minister with a mandate to implement a bailout package
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister
    elections/appointments: president elected by Hellenic Parliament for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 18 February 2015 (next to be held by February 2020); president appoints as prime minister the leader of the majority party or coalition in the Hellenic Parliament
    election results: Prokopios PAVLOPOULOS (ND) elected president by Parliament - 233 of 300 votes
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: unicameral Hellenic Parliament or Vouli ton Ellinon (300 seats; 280 members in multi-seat constituencies and 12 members in a single nationwide constituency directly elected by open party-list proportional representation vote; 8 members in single-seat constituencies elected by simple majority vote; members serve up to 4 year);  note - only parties surpassing a 3% threshold are entitled to parliamentary seats; parties need 10 seats to become formal parliamentary groups but can retain that status if the party participated in the last election and received the minimum 3% threshold
    elections: last held on 20 September 2015 (next to be held by 2019); note - snap election called because of upheaval in the governing SYRIZA party over a new bailout deal with international creditors
    election results: percent of vote by party - SYRIZA 35.5%, ND 28.1%, Golden Dawn 7%, PASOK-DIMAR 6.3%, KKE 5.6%, To Potami (The River) 4.1%, ANEL 3.7%, EK 3.4%, other 6.3%; seats by party - SYRIZA 145, ND 75, Golden Dawn 18, PASOK-DIMAR 17, KKE 15, To Potami 11, ANEL 10, EK 9; composition - men 241, women 59, percent of women 19.7%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Civil and Criminal Court or Areios Pagos (consists of 56 judges including the court presidents); Council of State (supreme administrative court) consists of the president, vice president, 42 privy councillors, and 98 associate and reporting judges, organized into 5- and 7-member chambers; Hellenic Court of Audit (government audit and enforcement) consists of the president, 5 vice presidents, 20 councillors, and 90 associate and reporting judges
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judges appointed by presidential decree on the advice of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), which includes the president of the Supreme Court, other judges, and the prosecutor of the Supreme Court; judges appointed for life following a 2-year probationary period; Council of State president appointed by the Greek Cabinet to serve a 4-year term; other judge appointments and tenure NA; Court of Audit president appointed by decree of the president of the republic on the advice of the SJC to serve a 4-year term with an age limit of 67
    subordinate courts: Courts of Appeal and Courts of First Instance(district courts)
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow or ANTARSYA [collective leadership]
    Coalition of the Radical Left or SYRIZA [Alexios (Alexis) TSIPRAS]
    Communist Party of Greece or KKE [Dimitrios KOUTSOUMBAS]
    Democratic Left or DIMAR [Athanasios (Thanasis) THEOCHAROPOULOS]
    Independent Greeks or ANEL [Panagiotis (Panos) KAMMENOS]
    Movement for Change (formerly Panhellenic Socialist Movement or PASOK) [Foteini (Fofi) GENIMMATA]
    Movement of Democratic Socialists or KIDISO [Georgios PAPANDREOU]
    New Democracy or ND [Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS]
    People's Association-Golden Dawn [Nikolaos MICHALOLIAKOS]
    Popular Unity or LAE [Panagiotis LAFAZANIS]
    To Potami (The River) [Stavros THEODORAKIS]
    Union of Centrists or EK [Vasilis LEVENTIS]
    International organization participation field listing
    Australia Group, BIS, BSEC, CD, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECB, EIB, EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, FATF, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD (partners), IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIF, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, Schengen Convention, SELEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Theocharis LALAKOS (since 27 June 2016)
    chancery: 2217 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 939-1300
    FAX: [1] (202) 939-1324
    consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa (FL), San Francisco
    consulate(s): Atlanta, Houston
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Geoffrey R. PYATT (since 24 October 2016)
    embassy: 91 Vasillisis Sophias Avenue, 10160 Athens
    mailing address: PSC 108, APO AE 09842-0108
    telephone: [30] (210) 721-2951
    FAX: [30] (210) 645-6282
    consulate(s) general: Thessaloniki
    Flag description field listing
    nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white; a blue square bearing a white cross appears in the upper hoist-side corner; the cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the country; there is no agreed upon meaning for the nine stripes or for the colors

    note: Greek legislation states that the flag colors are cyan and white, but cyan can mean "blue" in Greek, so the exact shade of blue has never been set and has varied from a light to a dark blue over time; in general, the hue of blue normally encountered is a form of azure

    National symbol(s) field listing
    Greek cross (white cross on blue field, arms equal length); national colors: blue, white
    National anthem field listing
    name: "Ymnos eis tin Eleftherian" (Hymn to Liberty)
    lyrics/music: Dionysios SOLOMOS/Nikolaos MANTZAROS

    note: adopted 1864; the anthem is based on a 158-stanza poem by the same name, which was inspired by the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans (only the first two stanzas are used); Cyprus also uses "Hymn to Liberty" as its anthem

  • Economy :: Greece
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Greece has a capitalist economy with a public sector accounting for about 40% of GDP and with per capita GDP about two-thirds that of the leading euro-zone economies. Tourism provides 18% of GDP. Immigrants make up nearly one-fifth of the work force, mainly in agricultural and unskilled jobs. Greece is a major beneficiary of EU aid, equal to about 3.3% of annual GDP.

    The Greek economy averaged growth of about 4% per year between 2003 and 2007, but the economy went into recession in 2009 as a result of the world financial crisis, tightening credit conditions, and Athens' failure to address a growing budget deficit. By 2013, the economy had contracted 26%, compared with the pre-crisis level of 2007. Greece met the EU's Growth and Stability Pact budget deficit criterion of no more than 3% of GDP in 2007-08, but violated it in 2009, when the deficit reached 15% of GDP. Deteriorating public finances, inaccurate and misreported statistics, and consistent underperformance on reforms prompted major credit rating agencies to downgrade Greece's international debt rating in late 2009 and led the country into a financial crisis. Under intense pressure from the EU and international market participants, the government accepted a bailout program that called on Athens to cut government spending, decrease tax evasion, overhaul the civil-service, health-care, and pension systems, and reform the labor and product markets. Austerity measures reduced the deficit to 1.3% in 2017. Successive Greek governments, however, failed to push through many of the most unpopular reforms in the face of widespread political opposition, including from the country's powerful labor unions and the general public.

    In April 2010, a leading credit agency assigned Greek debt its lowest possible credit rating, and in May 2010, the IMF and euro-zone governments provided Greece emergency short- and medium-term loans worth $147 billion so that the country could make debt repayments to creditors. Greece, however, struggled to meet the targets set by the EU and the IMF, especially after Eurostat - the EU's statistical office - revised upward Greece's deficit and debt numbers for 2009 and 2010. European leaders and the IMF agreed in October 2011 to provide Athens a second bailout package of $169 billion. The second deal called for holders of Greek government bonds to write down a significant portion of their holdings to try to alleviate Greece’s government debt burden. However, Greek banks, saddled with a significant portion of sovereign debt, were adversely affected by the write down and $60 billion of the second bailout package was set aside to ensure the banking system was adequately capitalized.

    In 2014, the Greek economy began to turn the corner on the recession. Greece achieved three significant milestones: balancing the budget - not including debt repayments; issuing government debt in financial markets for the first time since 2010; and generating 0.7% GDP growth — the first economic expansion since 2007.

    Despite the nascent recovery, widespread discontent with austerity measures helped propel the far-left Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party into government in national legislative elections in January 2015. Between January and July 2015, frustrations grew between the SYRIZA-led government and Greece’s EU and IMF creditors over the implementation of bailout measures and disbursement of funds. The Greek government began running up significant arrears to suppliers, while Greek banks relied on emergency lending, and Greece’s future in the euro zone was called into question. To stave off a collapse of the banking system, Greece imposed capital controls in June 2015, then became the first developed nation to miss a loan payment to the IMF, rattling international financial markets. Unable to reach an agreement with creditors, Prime Minister Alexios TSIPRAS held a nationwide referendum on 5 July on whether to accept the terms of Greece’s bailout, campaigning for the ultimately successful "no" vote. The TSIPRAS government subsequently agreed, however, to a new $96 billion bailout in order to avert Greece’s exit from the monetary bloc. On 20 August 2015, Greece signed its third bailout, allowing it to cover significant debt payments to its EU and IMF creditors and to ensure the banking sector retained access to emergency liquidity. The TSIPRAS government — which retook office on 20 September 2015 after calling new elections in late August — successfully secured disbursal of two delayed tranches of bailout funds. Despite the economic turmoil, Greek GDP did not contract as sharply as feared, boosted in part by a strong tourist season.

    In 2017, Greece saw improvements in GDP and unemployment. Unfinished economic reforms, a massive non-performing loan problem, and ongoing uncertainty regarding the political direction of the country hold the economy back. Some estimates put Greece’s black market at 20- to 25% of GDP, as more people have stopped reporting their income to avoid paying taxes that, in some cases, have risen to 70% of an individual’s gross income.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $299.3 billion (2017 est.)
    $295.3 billion (2016 est.)
    $296 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 56
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $200.7 billion (2017 est.) (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    1.4% (2017 est.)
    -0.2% (2016 est.)
    -0.3% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 176
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $27,800 (2017 est.)
    $27,400 (2016 est.)
    $27,300 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 75
    Gross national saving field listing
    10.9% of GDP (2017 est.)
    9.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    9.6% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 159
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 69.6% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 20.1% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 12.5% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: -1% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 33.4% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -34.7% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 4.1% (2017 est.)
    industry: 16.9% (2017 est.)
    services: 79.1% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    wheat, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes; beef, dairy products
    Industries field listing
    tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products; mining, petroleum
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    3.5% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 85
    Labor force field listing
    4.769 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 12.6%
    industry: 15%
    services: 72.4% (30 October 2015 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    21.5% (2017 est.)
    23.6% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 189
    Population below poverty line field listing
    36% (2014 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 26.7% (2015 est.)
    highest 10%: 26.7% (2015 est.)
    Distribution of family income - Gini index field listing
    36.7 (2012 est.)
    35.7 (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 86
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 97.99 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 96.35 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    48.8% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 17
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    0.8% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Public debt field listing
    181.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
    183.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 2
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    1.1% (2017 est.)
    0% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    Central bank discount rate field listing
    0.05% (31 March 2016)
    0.15% (11 June 2014)

    note: this is the European Central Bank's rate on the marginal lending facility, which offers overnight credit to banks in the euro area

    country comparison to the world: 144
    Commercial bank prime lending rate field listing
    5.25% (31 December 2017 est.)
    5.62% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 144
    Stock of narrow money field listing
    $106.6 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $86.53 billion (31 December 2016 est.)

    note: see entry for the European Union for money supply for the entire euro area; the European Central Bank (ECB) controls monetary policy for the 18 members of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU); individual members of the EMU do not control the quantity of money circulating within their own borders

    country comparison to the world: 39
    Stock of broad money field listing
    $106.6 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $86.53 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 39
    Stock of domestic credit field listing
    $248.7 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $231.4 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    Market value of publicly traded shares field listing
    $42.08 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $55.15 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $82.59 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    Current account balance field listing
    -$1.596 billion (2017 est.)
    -$2.072 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 158
    Exports field listing
    $31.54 billion (2017 est.)
    $27.1 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    Exports - partners field listing
    Italy 10.6%, Germany 7.1%, Turkey 6.8%, Cyprus 6.5%, Bulgaria 4.9%, Lebanon 4.3% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    food and beverages, manufactured goods, petroleum products, chemicals, textiles
    Imports field listing
    $52.27 billion (2017 est.)
    $45.45 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    Imports - commodities field listing
    machinery, transport equipment, fuels, chemicals
    Imports - partners field listing
    Germany 10.4%, Italy 8.2%, Russia 6.8%, Iraq 6.3%, South Korea 6.1%, China 5.4%, Netherlands 5.3%, France 4.3% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $7.807 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $6.026 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 80
    Debt - external field listing
    $506.6 billion (31 March 2016 est.)
    $468.2 billion (31 March 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    Stock of direct foreign investment - at home field listing
    $35.48 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $30.8 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad field listing
    $29.64 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $32.91 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    Exchange rates field listing
    euros (EUR) per US dollar -
    0.885 (2017 est.)
    0.903 (2016 est.)
    0.9214 (2015 est.)
    0.885 (2014 est.)
    0.7634 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Greece
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2016)
    Electricity - production field listing
    52.05 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 53
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    56.89 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    Electricity - exports field listing
    1.037 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Electricity - imports field listing
    9.833 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    19.17 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    57% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 98
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    14% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 105
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    29% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 19
    Crude oil - production field listing
    2,753 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    3,229 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    484,300 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    10 million bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 90
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    655,400 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    304,100 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    371,900 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 22
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    192,200 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 35
    Natural gas - production field listing
    8 million cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 93
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    4.927 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 112
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    4.984 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    991.1 million cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 100
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    69.37 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
  • Communications :: Greece
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 5,176,475 (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 48 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 12,937,106 (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 120 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 72
    Telephone system field listing
    general assessment: adequate, modern networks reach all areas; good mobile telephone and international service (2015)
    domestic: microwave radio relay trunk system; extensive open-wire connections; submarine cable to offshore islands (2015)
    international: country code - 30; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 optical telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to Europe, Middle East, and Asia; a number of smaller submarine cables provide connectivity to various parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Cyprus; tropospheric scatter; satellite earth stations - 4 (2 Intelsat - 1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean, 1 Eutelsat, and 1 Inmarsat - Indian Ocean region) (2015)
    Broadcast media field listing
    broadcast media dominated by the private sector; roughly 150 private TV channels, about 10 of which broadcast nationwide; 1 government-owned terrestrial TV channel with national coverage; 3 privately owned satellite channels; multi-channel satellite and cable TV services available; upwards of 1,500 radio stations, all of them privately owned; government-owned broadcaster has 2 national radio stations (2014)
    Internet country code field listing
    .gr
    Internet users field listing
    total: 7,443,016 (July 2016 est.)
    percent of population: 69.1% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 57
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 3,778,263 (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 35 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 32
  • Transportation :: Greece
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 9 (2015)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 93 (2015)
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 12,583,541 (2015)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 27,452,961 mt-km (2015)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    SX (2016)
    Airports field listing
    77 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 68 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 6 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 15 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 19 (2017)
    914 to 1,523 m: 18 (2017)
    under 914 m: 10 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 9 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2013)
    under 914 m: 7 (2013)
    Heliports field listing
    9 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    1329 km gas, 94 km oil (2013)
    Railways field listing
    total: 2,548 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 1,565 km 1.435-m gauge (764 km electrified) (2014)
    narrow gauge: 961 km 1.000-m gauge (2014)
    22 0.750-m gauge
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Roadways field listing
    total: 116,960 km (2010)
    paved: 41,357 km (includes 1,091 km of expressways) (2010)
    unpaved: 75,603 km (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    Waterways field listing
    6 km (the 6-km-long Corinth Canal crosses the Isthmus of Corinth; it shortens a sea voyage by 325 km) (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 106
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 1,364 (2017)
    by type: bulk carrier 207, container ship 7, general cargo 127, oil tanker 423, other 600 (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Aspropyrgos, Pachi, Piraeus, Thessaloniki
    oil terminal(s): Agioi Theodoroi
    container port(s) (TEUs): Piraeus (3,736,644) (2016)
    LNG terminal(s) (import): Revithoussa
  • Military and Security :: Greece
  • Military expenditures field listing
    2.4% of GDP (2017)
    2.56% of GDP (2016)
    2.54% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 41
    Military branches field listing
    Hellenic Army (Ellinikos Stratos, ES), Hellenic Navy (Elliniko Polemiko Navtiko, EPN), Hellenic Air Force (Elliniki Polemiki Aeroporia, EPA) (2013)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    19-45 years of age for compulsory military service; during wartime the law allows for recruitment beginning January of the year of inductee's 18th birthday, thus including 17 year olds; 18 years of age for volunteers; conscript service obligation is 1 year for the Army and 9 months for the Air Force and Navy; women are eligible for voluntary military service (2014)
  • Terrorism :: Greece
  • Terrorist groups - home based field listing
    Revolutionary Struggle (RS):
    aim(s): disrupt the influence of globalization and international capitalism on Greek society and, ultimately, overthrow the Greek Government
    area(s) of operation: operates exclusively inside Greece, primarily in Athens
    note: largely inactive in recent years, with the exception of shootouts with police officers trying to arrest members (April 2018)
  • Transnational Issues :: Greece
  • Disputes - international field listing
    Greece and Turkey continue discussions to resolve their complex maritime, air, territorial, and boundary disputes in the Aegean SeaGreece rejects the use of the name Macedonia or Republic of Macedoniathe mass migration of unemployed Albanians still remains a problem for developed countries, chiefly Greece and Italy
    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): 14,420 (Syria), 11,440 (Afghanistan), 8,161 (Iraq) (2016)
    stateless persons: 198 (2017)

    note: 1,115,337 estimated refugee and migrant arrivals (January 2015-December 2018); as of the end of June 2018, an estimated 62,938 migrants and refugees were stranded in Greece; 35,052 migrant arrivals in 2017

    Illicit drugs field listing
    a gateway to Europe for traffickers smuggling cannabis and heroin from the Middle East and Southwest Asia to the West and precursor chemicals to the East; some South American cocaine transits or is consumed in Greece; money laundering related to drug trafficking and organized crime