Greece Population 2017

11,147,398

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 2017, Greece has an estimated population of 11.16 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 2018Source: 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
Athens664,046
Thessaloniki354,290
Patra168,034
Piraeus163,688
Peristeri139,981
Irakleion137,154
Larisa128,758
Kallithea100,641
Acharnes99,346
Kalamaria91,617
Nikaia89,380
Glyfada87,305
Ilion84,793
Volos84,425
Ilioupoli78,153
Keratsini77,077
Khalandrion74,192
Nea Smyrni73,076
Marousi72,333
Agios Dimitrios71,294
Zografos71,026
Aigaleo69,946
Nea Ionia67,134
Ioannina65,574
Palaio Faliro64,021
Korydallos63,445
Trikala61,653
Vyronas61,308
Agia Paraskevi59,704
Galatsi59,345
Chalkida59,125
Petroupolis58,979
Serres58,287
Rodos56,128
Chania54,565
Kalamata54,100
Kavala54,027
Katerini53,293
Alexandroupoli52,979
Lamia52,006
Irakleio49,642
Xanthi48,221
Kifisia47,332
Agrinio46,899
Chaidari45,642
Komotini45,631
Sykies44,955
Drama44,823
Veroia44,464
Alimos41,720
Polichni39,765
Kozani36,481
Agioi Anargyroi34,168
Argyroupoli34,097
Ano Liosia33,565
Karditsa32,789
Nea Ionia32,661
Cholargos30,840
Vrilissia30,741
Aspropyrgos30,251
Korinthos30,176
Ptolemaida30,045
Gerakas29,939
Rethymno29,907
Metamorfosi29,891
Voula28,364
Kamateron28,361
Mytilini28,322
Giannitsa27,817
Kerkyra27,003
Tripoli26,561
Agia Varvara26,550
Kaisariani26,370
Nea Filadelfeia25,734
Moskhaton25,441
Perama25,389
Salamina25,370
Elefsina24,910
Chios23,953
Pylaia23,494
Megara23,456
Dhafni22,913
Melissia22,741
Pyrgos22,399
Argos22,209
Thivai22,026
Livadeia21,492
Artemida21,488
Pefki21,352
Aigio20,422
Naousa19,887
Kilkis19,734
Amaliada19,579
Arta19,540
Kos19,244
Koropi19,164
Edessa18,669
Florina17,686
Nea Erythraia17,379
Preveza17,283
Elliniko17,259
Panorama16,551
Sparti16,239
Orestiada16,221
Peraia16,067
Agios Ioannis Rentis16,050
Vari15,855
Menemeni15,706
Nea Makri15,554
Oraiokastro15,006
Tavros14,972
Pallini14,808
Paiania14,595
Nafplio14,582
Kalyvia Thorikou14,424
Thermi14,373
Drapetsona13,968
Papagou13,699
Alexandreia13,665
Nafpaktos13,415
Kastoria13,387
Mesolongi12,785
Ierapetra12,536
Rafina12,168
Nea Alikarnassos11,886
Loutraki11,564
Zakynthos11,541
Trianta11,473
Ermoupolis11,351
Mandra11,327
Triandria11,082
Ymittos11,000
Agios Nikolaos10,799
Tyrnavos10,796
Ymittos Athens10,715
Grevena10,563
Farsala10,380
Diavata10,216
Neo Psychiko10,137
Kalymnos10,002
Polygyros10,000
Agios Stefanos9,892
Nea Chalkidona9,822
Argostolion9,820
Kiato9,812
Anatoli9,798
Gazi9,721
Limin Mesoyaias9,686
Lykovrysi9,650
Psychiko9,529
Markopoulo9,513
Igoumenitsa9,496
Nea Artaki9,489
Zefyri9,454
Nea Moudhania9,342
Spata9,198
Chrysoupolis8,885
Siteia8,707
Lefkada8,673
Didymoteicho8,336
Nea Peramos8,333
Koufalia8,305
Sindos8,228
Kalampaka8,138
Epanomi8,121
Gastouni8,114
Almyros7,955
Nea Michaniona7,908
Gouvai7,760
Mykonos7,739
Naxos7,574
Keratea7,493
Argos Orestiko7,473
Chalastra7,360
Filothei7,302
Nea Kallikrateia7,238
Trilofos7,227
Agios Pavlos7,221
Lagkadas7,215
Nea Penteli7,198
Drosia7,186
Marathonas7,170
Lavrio7,078
Elassona7,060
Giannouli7,030
Filiatra6,970
Polykastro6,961
Karpenisi6,888
Aegina6,867
Amfissa6,854
Krya Vrysi6,839
Messini6,773
Souda6,729
Litochoro6,709
Neon Karlovasion6,708
Vasilikon6,571
Aridaia6,561
Ayios Konstandinos6,534
Anoixi6,510
Moires6,450
Paralia6,336
Gargalianoi6,282
Anavyssos6,202
Thrakomakedones6,200
Rio6,083
Faliraki6,000
Ampelona5,961
Leondarion5,929
Orchomenos5,919
Nea Anchialos5,908
Zacharo5,894
Ekali5,889
Ovria5,838
Psachna5,828
Kato Achaia5,752
Avlonas5,744
Palamas5,719
Dionysos5,651
Siatista5,612
Afantou5,562
Agria5,519
Xylokastro5,500
Myrina5,406
Feres5,403
Pylos5,402
Archangelos5,398
Plagiari5,392
Asvestochori5,345
Vrontados5,323
Mournies5,318
Paros5,289
Megalopoli5,283
Skiathos5,187
Aliveri5,184
Sidirokastro5,177
Karystos5,091
Neoi Epivates5,077
Kryoneri5,040
Kyparissia5,033
Dhrosia5,020
Karyes237

Greece Population Clock

What is the population of Greece (as of 12/12/2017)?11,147,398
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)11,159,773
Births Per Day249
Deaths Per Day328
Net Migrations Per Day 4
Net Change Per Day -75
Population Change Since January 1st-25,950

Greece Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 8.109 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.712 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 0.146 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.332 years
Male Life Expectancy 78.816 years
Female Life Expectancy 83.872 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.31 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.63 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.064 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.064 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 3.554 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 31.209 years
Rate of Natural Increase -2.603
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) Population Rank Growth Rate
201711,159,77349.22%50.78%8582-0.26%
201511,217,80049.24%50.76%8581-0.40%
201011,446,00549.29%50.71%87750.25%
200511,301,20449.52%50.48%86720.28%
200011,142,11949.72%50.28%84710.65%
199510,789,37549.70%50.30%82661.03%
199010,248,53749.59%50.41%78660.54%
19859,974,73949.59%50.41%76660.70%
19809,634,50449.49%50.51%73621.35%
19759,009,91749.30%50.70%68620.80%
19708,659,79549.17%50.83%66610.49%
19658,450,50449.03%50.97%64570.43%
19608,271,78849.02%50.98%63510.64%
19558,011,12448.75%51.25%61490.88%
19507,668,79448.65%51.35%58480.00%

Greece Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202011,102,57249.20%50.80%84860.00%
202510,944,62449.24%50.76%8386-0.29%
203010,783,62549.32%50.68%8290-0.30%
203510,624,07449.40%50.60%8095-0.30%
204010,451,86949.47%50.53%7996-0.33%
204510,243,56449.52%50.48%7897-0.40%
20509,981,56849.56%50.44%7698-0.52%
20559,669,77649.59%50.41%73103-0.63%
20609,329,29549.62%50.38%71105-0.71%
20658,989,05849.66%50.34%68106-0.74%
20708,670,39949.72%50.28%66107-0.72%
20758,391,42949.79%50.21%64109-0.65%
20808,153,65249.86%50.14%62110-0.57%
20857,949,98649.91%50.09%60110-0.50%
20907,766,56449.94%50.06%59111-0.47%
20957,590,42449.97%50.03%58112-0.46%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer