Greece Population 2017

10,893,795

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is located in southeastern Europe with the mainland at the south end of the Balkan Peninsula. Greece is bordered by Bulgaria, Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, the Ionian Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Sea, and Turkey. In 2015, Greece has an estimated population of 11.1 million, which ranks 79th in the world.

The last official census in Greece took place in 2012 which found a population of 10.8 million. Greece has a population density of 82 people per square kilometer (212/square mile), which ranks 120th in the world. The largest city and capital is the ancient city of Athens. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history going back at least 3,400 years. Athens has an urban population of 3 million with a metro population of 3.75 million. Athens is the most densely populated region of Greece with 19,000 people per square mile in the city proper.

About 2/3 of Greek people live in urban regions. Along with Athens, other major cities include Thessaloniki (788,000), Patras (214,000), and Heraklion (174,000).

Greece Demographics

Millions of Greeks have migrated abroad to the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Canada, and Australia over the last century, which has led to a great Greek diaspora. Until the 1990s, most of the influx of migration into Greece was returning Greek migrants from Turkey, Georgia, Russia, and the Czech Republic.

According to the 2001 census, there were 762,000 people in Greece without Greek citizenship, or about 7% of the population. Of non-citizens, about 49,000 were EU nationals and 17,000 were Cypriots with privileged status. Most came from Eastern European countries, including Albania (56%), Bulgaria (5%) and Romania (3%).

The 2011 census found the population was comprised of Greek citizens (91%), Albanian citizens (4.5%), Bulgarian citizens (0.7%), Romanian citizens (0.4%), Pakistani citizens (0.3%) and Georgian citizens (0.25%).

Greece, as well as Spain and Italy, continue to face large numbers of illegal immigrants attempting to enter. Most illegal immigrants entering Greece do so from its Turkey border.

Greece Population Decline

Greece is currently experiencing a declining birthrate, with hospitals reporting 10% fewer births in the past 4 years. Officials say that families simply can't afford to have children. The number of live births in the country has fallen nearly 15% and it's been unparalleled in Europe, highlighting the true impact of cost-cutting measures in the country that is at the heart of the Eurozone's financial problems.

Greece is now in its 8th straight year of recession, which is the longest on record for an advanced western economy. The country also has the highest unemployment rate in the Eurozone at almost 28%. The problem is so severe that many hospitals in Athens say social workers report growing numbers of uninsured migrant mothers who are fleeing the hospital at night with their babies and failing to register for fear of paying a delivery rate of about $600-$1,200 that most can't afford.

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.

Greece Population in 2017Source: Christophe Meneboeuf

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

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.

About Greece

Official NameHellenic Republic
Languages SpokenGreek
BordersALB, BGR, TUR, MKD
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude3922
Currencies UsedEUR

Greece Population Density

Name Population
Karyes237
Dhrosia5,020
Kyparissia5,033
Kryoneri5,040
Neoi Epivates5,077
Karystos5,091
Sidirokastro5,177
Aliveri5,184
Skiathos5,187
Megalopoli5,283
Paros5,289
Mournies5,318
Vrontados5,323
Asvestochori5,345
Plagiari5,392
Archangelos5,398
Pylos5,402
Feres5,403
Myrina5,406
Xylokastro5,500
Agria5,519
Afantou5,562
Siatista5,612
Dionysos5,651
Palamas5,719
Avlonas5,744
Kato Achaia5,752
Psachna5,828
Ovria5,838
Ekali5,889
Zacharo5,894
Nea Anchialos5,908
Orchomenos5,919
Leondarion5,929
Ampelona5,961
Faliraki6,000
Rio6,083
Thrakomakedones6,200
Anavyssos6,202
Gargalianoi6,282
Paralia6,336
Moires6,450
Anoixi6,510
Ayios Konstandinos6,534
Aridaia6,561
Vasilikon6,571
Neon Karlovasion6,708
Litochoro6,709
Souda6,729
Messini6,773
Krya Vrysi6,839
Amfissa6,854
Aegina6,867
Karpenisi6,888
Polykastro6,961
Filiatra6,970
Giannouli7,030
Elassona7,060
Lavrio7,078
Marathonas7,170
Drosia7,186
Nea Penteli7,198
Lagkadas7,215
Agios Pavlos7,221
Trilofos7,227
Nea Kallikrateia7,238
Filothei7,302
Chalastra7,360
Argos Orestiko7,473
Keratea7,493
Naxos7,574
Mykonos7,739
Gouvai7,760
Nea Michaniona7,908
Almyros7,955
Gastouni8,114
Epanomi8,121
Kalampaka8,138
Sindos8,228
Koufalia8,305
Nea Peramos8,333
Didymoteicho8,336
Lefkada8,673
Siteia8,707
Chrysoupolis8,885
Spata9,198
Nea Moudhania9,342
Zefyri9,454
Nea Artaki9,489
Igoumenitsa9,496
Markopoulo9,513
Psychiko9,529
Lykovrysi9,650
Limin Mesoyaias9,686
Gazi9,721
Anatoli9,798
Kiato9,812
Argostolion9,820
Nea Chalkidona9,822
Agios Stefanos9,892
Polygyros10,000
Kalymnos10,002
Neo Psychiko10,137
Diavata10,216
Farsala10,380
Grevena10,563
Ymittos Athens10,715
Tyrnavos10,796
Agios Nikolaos10,799
Ymittos11,000
Triandria11,082
Mandra11,327
Ermoupolis11,351
Trianta11,473
Zakynthos11,541
Loutraki11,564
Nea Alikarnassos11,886
Rafina12,168
Ierapetra12,536
Mesolongi12,785
Kastoria13,387
Nafpaktos13,415
Alexandreia13,665
Papagou13,699
Drapetsona13,968
Thermi14,373
Kalyvia Thorikou14,424
Nafplio14,582
Paiania14,595
Pallini14,808
Tavros14,972
Oraiokastro15,006
Nea Makri15,554
Menemeni15,706
Vari15,855
Agios Ioannis Rentis16,050
Peraia16,067
Orestiada16,221
Sparti16,239
Panorama16,551
Elliniko17,259
Preveza17,283
Nea Erythraia17,379
Florina17,686
Edessa18,669
Koropi19,164
Kos19,244
Arta19,540
Amaliada19,579
Kilkis19,734
Naousa19,887
Aigio20,422
Pefki21,352
Artemida21,488
Livadeia21,492
Thivai22,026
Argos22,209
Pyrgos22,399
Melissia22,741
Dhafni22,913
Megara23,456
Pylaia23,494
Chios23,953
Elefsina24,910
Salamina25,370
Perama25,389
Moskhaton25,441
Nea Filadelfeia25,734
Kaisariani26,370
Agia Varvara26,550
Tripoli26,561
Kerkyra27,003
Giannitsa27,817
Mytilini28,322
Kamateron28,361
Voula28,364
Metamorfosi29,891
Rethymno29,907
Gerakas29,939
Ptolemaida30,045
Korinthos30,176
Aspropyrgos30,251
Vrilissia30,741
Cholargos30,840
Nea Ionia32,661
Karditsa32,789
Ano Liosia33,565
Argyroupoli34,097
Agioi Anargyroi34,168
Kozani36,481
Polichni39,765
Alimos41,720
Veroia44,464
Drama44,823
Sykies44,955
Komotini45,631
Chaidari45,642
Agrinio46,899
Kifisia47,332
Xanthi48,221
Irakleio49,642
Lamia52,006
Alexandroupoli52,979
Katerini53,293
Kavala54,027
Kalamata54,100
Chania54,565
Rodos56,128
Serres58,287
Petroupolis58,979
Chalkida59,125
Galatsi59,345
Agia Paraskevi59,704
Vyronas61,308
Trikala61,653
Korydallos63,445
Palaio Faliro64,021
Ioannina65,574
Nea Ionia67,134
Aigaleo69,946
Zografos71,026
Agios Dimitrios71,294
Marousi72,333
Nea Smyrni73,076
Khalandrion74,192
Keratsini77,077
Ilioupoli78,153
Volos84,425
Ilion84,793
Glyfada87,305
Nikaia89,380
Kalamaria91,617
Acharnes99,346
Kallithea100,641
Larisa128,758
Irakleion137,154
Peristeri139,981
Piraeus163,688
Patra168,034
Thessaloniki354,290
Athens664,046

Greece Population Clock

What is the population of Greece (as of 10/16/2017)?10,893,795
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)10,892,931
Births Per Day48
Deaths Per Day67
Net Migrations Per Day 27
Net Change Per Day 8
Population Change Since January 1st2,312

Greece Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 8.03 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 11.178 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 0.918 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.465 years
Male Life Expectancy 78.656 years
Female Life Expectancy 84.272 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.302 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.626 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.065 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 2.358 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 2.939 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 31.863 years
Rate of Natural Increase -3.291
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.664%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.256%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.04%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.148%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 9.729%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 4.609%
Median Age (Total) 44.2 years
Median Age (Female) 45.3 years
Median Age (Male) 43.1 years

Greece Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201710,892,93148.74%51.26%85-0.19%
201510,954,61748.79%51.21%85-0.32%
201011,177,50949.06%50.94%87-0.22%
200511,069,66249.23%50.77%860.26%
200010,954,03249.43%50.57%850.31%
199510,641,16949.43%50.57%830.79%
199010,131,73749.36%50.64%790.85%
19859,907,83149.28%50.72%770.38%
19809,620,27449.16%50.84%750.88%
19759,030,08049.05%50.95%701.13%
19708,778,67648.87%51.13%680.46%
19658,534,25248.68%51.32%660.54%
19608,311,38648.86%51.14%640.66%
19557,935,40948.84%51.16%621.02%
19507,566,00248.73%51.27%590.91%

Greece Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202010,825,41348.71%51.29%84-0.27%
202510,656,86348.70%51.30%83-0.33%
203010,479,79148.76%51.24%81-0.34%
203510,302,05048.83%51.17%80-0.34%
204010,123,57148.90%51.10%79-0.36%
20459,931,21348.98%51.02%77-0.42%
20509,705,25749.07%50.93%75-0.52%
20559,435,39049.15%50.85%73-0.62%
20609,135,03449.23%50.77%71-0.68%
20658,828,97349.31%50.69%68-0.68%
20708,539,88449.40%50.60%66-0.64%
20758,282,897.999,999,99949.49%50.51%64-0.57%
20808,063,35449.58%50.42%63-0.50%
20857,874,16749.66%50.34%61-0.44%
20907,706,07749.71%50.29%60-0.43%
20957,544,53349.75%50.25%59-0.42%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations