Greece Population 2020 (Live)

10,422,918

Since 2005, Greece has experienced a population decline, dropping from 11.23 million people to 10.42 million in 15 years. The most recent projections show a continuation of this decline, resulting in a population of 9.03 million by 2050 and 6.61 million by 2099.

From 2019 to 2020, Greece’s population declined 0.48%, losing over 50,000 people. The main reasons for Greece’s population declining are a very low fertility rate of 1.3 births per woman, financial crisis, emigration, and an aging population. The decline in the birth rate can be caused by education levels, the economic crisis, women’s unemployment, and the government’s inability or unwillingness to encourage fertility.

With fewer people in Greece, there is less economic stimulation, fewer people working due to an aging population, and more people emigrating to other nations, creating a cyclical effect on the population decline.

Greece Population Growth

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.

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 Projections

The declining population of Greece is expected to stay on that trajectory in the years to come, losing more people each year- however, the decreases aren't massive. Current projections believe that the 2019 annual growth rate of -0.16% will decrease to -0.5% by 2050. With decreases this small, the changes in population won't be too dramatic. The same set of predictions believe that the population of Greece will be 11,102,572 in 2020, 10,783,625 in 2030, 10,451,869 in 2040 and 9,981,568 in 2050.

The current population of Greece is 10,422,918, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 10,423,054.

Greece Growth Rate

Greece Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Athens664,046
Thessaloniki354,290
Patra168,034
Piraeus163,688
Larisa144,651
Peristeri139,981
Irakleion137,154
Kallithea100,641
Acharnes99,346
Kalamaria91,617

Greece Area and Population Density

Greece is a beautiful country in southeast Europe that is made up of the mainland in addition to thousands of smaller islands scattered in both the Ionian and Aegean seas. The land itself is very mountainous, but the beaches are spectacular and some are known for their black sand. The cumulative area of Greece is 50,949 square miles (131,957 square kilometers). Using the 2017 population of 10.77 million, Greece has a population density of 211 people per square mile (82 per square kilometer), which ranks 97th in the world.

Largest Cities in Greece

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. Athens, along with Sparta were the most powerful of the Greek city-states.

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 Population Density Map

Source:
Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202010,423,054-0.48%80.8687130
201910,473,455-0.46%81.2587130
201810,522,246-0.45%81.6387128
201710,569,450-0.43%82.0086126
201610,615,185-0.42%82.3585125
201510,659,750-0.42%82.7083122
201010,887,637-0.61%84.4777117
200511,224,7910.26%87.0873111
200011,082,1040.62%85.9771108
199510,745,5031.00%83.3666108
199010,225,9920.51%79.3368111
19859,968,2380.70%77.3363107
19809,627,0021.32%74.6962103
19759,014,0850.80%69.9362102
19708,663,5710.49%67.216199
19658,453,8210.43%65.585795
19608,273,6290.65%64.195190
19558,011,1240.88%62.154985
19507,668,7940.00%59.494881

Greece Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202010,423,054-0.48%80.8687130
202510,154,685-0.52%78.7893134
20309,917,250-0.47%76.9496139
20359,712,264-0.42%75.3598145
20409,509,268-0.42%73.7799150
20459,287,494-0.47%72.05100153
20509,029,249-0.56%70.05105155
20558,729,376-0.67%67.72108156
20608,400,189-0.77%65.17110160
20658,065,163-0.81%62.57112163
20707,750,995-0.79%60.13113166
20757,477,409-0.72%58.01115167
20807,249,047-0.62%56.24117168
20857,059,435-0.53%54.77118170
20906,894,658-0.47%53.49118169
20956,736,773-0.46%52.26119168

Greece Population by Year (Projections)

Greece Population Pyramid 2020

Greece Population by Age

There are 8,703,154 adults in Greece.

Greece Population Pyramid

Since 2005, Greece has experienced a population decline, dropping from 11.23 million people to 10.42 million in 15 years. The most recent projections show a continuation of this decline, resulting in a population of 9.03 million by 2050 and 6.61 million by 2099.

From 2019 to 2020, Greece’s population declined 0.48%, losing over 50,000 people. The main reasons for Greece’s population declining are a very low fertility rate of 1.3 births per woman, financial crisis, emigration, and an aging population. The decline in the birth rate can be caused by education levels, the economic crisis, women’s unemployment, and the government’s inability or unwillingness to encourage fertility.

With fewer people in Greece, there is less economic stimulation, fewer people working due to an aging population, and more people emigrating to other nations, creating a cyclical effect on the population decline.

Greece Population Growth

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.

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 Projections

The declining population of Greece is expected to stay on that trajectory in the years to come, losing more people each year- however, the decreases aren't massive. Current projections believe that the 2019 annual growth rate of -0.16% will decrease to -0.5% by 2050. With decreases this small, the changes in population won't be too dramatic. The same set of predictions believe that the population of Greece will be 11,102,572 in 2020, 10,783,625 in 2030, 10,451,869 in 2040 and 9,981,568 in 2050.

About Greece

  1. National Statistical Service
  2. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    <p>Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 2011 census, resident population adjusted for underenumeration, official population estimates through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.</p>

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