Greece Population 2015

The most recent official census with regards to the population of Greece was carried out in 2011, which recorded a population of 10,895,197.

Greece Poplulation 2014

No official Greek Government estimates have been provided for the population in 2012 or 2013, but a US Government estimate puts the July 2012 population of Greece at 10,767,827.

The 2011 and 2012 data for the population of Greece represent an alarming fall from the 2001 figure of 10,964,020. This, in turn, followed on from several decades of steady population growth in Greece, as you can see from the table of previous censuses below:

1971 8,768,372  
1981 9,739,589 11.1 per cent
1991 10,259,900 5.3 per cent
2001 10,964,020 6.9 per cent

The biggest period of growth therefore took place between 1971 and 1981 but there has been a sustained increase since. Why then are the 2011 figures expected to fall by nearly 2 per cent on the 2001 declaration?

Greece Population Decline

It’s easy to point to the current Eurozone Crisis which is affecting Greece and other countries across the world. As a result, it may be simple to deduce that fewer foreign nationals are coming to set up home here. The country has often been seen as a haven for migration but the numbers involved may not be as significant as some have thought.

The 2001 Census revealed that of the total population, 93 per cent were Greek Citizens. The Greek government is not allowed to collect ethnicity data on foreign nationals so the remaining seven per cent cannot be accurately broken down.

Greece Sex Ratio 2015

49.37% Male
50.63% Female

Population Data via United Nations WPP

Greece Population Growth

Statistics claim that 19 per cent of the population of Greece in 2012 is aged 65 or over and this figure is predicted to rise to 23 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2050. This is a worrying statistic and one that points to further declines in the population as a whole. As far as birth rates are concerned, the United Nation population projections claim that these are also set for a decline but they also suggest that positive immigration will counter this almost in its entirety. After several decades of population growth, Greece could be looking ahead to a period of significant falls and some reports are suggesting that this is largely due to an ageing population. With birth rate and net migration cancelling each other out, there seems to be no help from these areas and the confirmed results from the 2011 census could be the first indication that the reports are true.

Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations