Demographics of Greece

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Demographics of the Hellenic Republic
Coat of arms of Greece.svg
Population 11,183,716 (2016 est.)[1]
Growth rate -1.01 people/1,000 population (2010 est.)
Birth rate 9.45 births/1,000 population (2010 est.)
Death rate 10.51 deaths/1,000 population (July 2010 est.)
Life expectancy 79.66 years
 • male 77.11 years
 • female 82.37 years (2010 est.)
Fertility rate 1.42 children born/woman (2011 est.)[2]
Infant mortality rate 4.92 deaths per 1,000 live births (2012 est.)[3]
Age structure
0–14 years 14.4%
15–64 years 66.6%
65 and over 19.0%
Sex ratio
At birth 1.06 male(s)/female (2008 est.)
Under 15 1.06 male(s)/female
15–64 years 1.00 male(s)/female
65 and over 0.78 male(s)/female
Nationality
Nationality noun: Greek(s) adjective: Greek
Major ethnic Greeks
Minor ethnic Macedonians, Albanians, Roma, Turks, Bulgarians, Pomaks,[4] Romanians, Russians, Georgians and Armenians[5]
Language
Official Greek
Spoken Greek (Majority), Arvanitika, Macedonian/Bulgarian, Pomak, Aromanian, Turkish

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Greece, including ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

The Demographics of Greece refer to the demography of the population that inhabits the Greek peninsula. The population of Greece was estimated by the United Nations to 11,183,716 in 2016.

Historical overview[edit]

Greece was inhabited as early as the Paleolithic period. Prior to the 2nd millennium BC, the Greek peninsula was inhabited by various pre-Hellenic peoples, the most notable of which were the Pelasgians. The Greek language ultimately dominated the peninsula and Greece's mosaic of small city-states became culturally similar. The population estimates on the Greeks during the 4th century BC, is approximately 3.5 million on the Greek peninsula and 4 to 6.5 million in the rest of the entire Mediterranean Basin,[6] including all colonies such as those in Magna Graecia, Asia Minor and the shores of the Black Sea.

During the history of the Byzantine Empire, the Greek peninsula was occasionally invaded by the foreign peoples like Goths, Avars, Slavs, Normans, Franks and other Romance-speaking peoples who had betrayed the Crusades. The only group, however, that planned to establish permanent settlements in the region were the Slavs. They settled in isolated valleys of the Peloponnese and Thessaly, establishing segregated communities that were referred by the Byzantines as Sclaveni. Traces of Slavic culture in Greece are very rare and by the 9th century, the Sclaveni in Greece were largely assimilated. However, some Slavic communities managed to survive in rural Macedonia. At the same time a large Sephardi Jewish emigrant community from the Iberian peninsula established itself in Thessaloniki, while there were population movements of Arvanites and Vlachs, who established communities in several parts of the Greek peninsula. The Byzantine Empire ultimately fell to Ottoman Turks in the 15th century and as a result Ottoman colonies were established in the Balkans, notably in Macedonia, the Peloponnese and Crete. Many Greeks either fled to other European nations or to geographically isolated areas (i.e. mountains and heavily forested territories) in order to escape foreign rule. For those reasons, the population decreased in the plains, while increasing on the mountains. The population transfers with Bulgaria and Turkey that took place in the early 20th century, added in total some two million Greeks from to the demography of the Greek Kingdom.

Urbanization[edit]


Population[edit]

Population of Greece since 1961.
Historical population
YearPop.±%
1928 6,204,684—    
1940 7,344,860+18.4%
1951 7,632,801+3.9%
1961 8,398,050+10.0%
1971 8,831,036+5.2%
1981 9,729,350+10.2%
1991 10,258,364+5.4%
2001 10,964,020+6.9%
2011 11,123,392+1.5%
2017 10,768,477−3.2%
Source: Hellenic Statistical Authority

According to the 2001 census the population of Greece was 10,964,020. Eurostat estimations as of January 2008 gave the number of 11,214,992 inhabitants in the Greek peninsula. According to the official 2011 census, which used sophisticated methodology, the population of Greece was 10,816,286.

Census Population Change
1971 8,768,372 -
1981 9,739,589 11.1%
1991 10,259,900 5.3%
2001 10,964,020 6.9%
2011 10,816,286 -0.88%

By region[edit]

Greece is divided into nine geographic regions. The population of each region according to the 2001 census:

Region Population
Aegean Islands 508,807
Central Greece 4,591,568
Crete 601,131
Epirus 353,822
Ionian Islands 212,984
Macedonia 2,424,765
Peloponnese 1,155,019
Thessaly 753,888
Thrace 362,038
Total 10,964,020

Total Fertility Rate from 1850 to 1920[edit]

The total fertility rate is the number of children born per woman. It is based on fairly good data for the entire period. Sources: Our World In Data and Gapminder Foundation.[8]

Years 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859 1860[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 6.03 5.81 5.59 5.36 5.14 4.92 4.7 4.47 4.25 4.03 3.81
Years 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 3.95 3.87 3.78 3.94 3.73 4.03 3.83 3.85 3.86 3.77
Years 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879 1880[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 3.81 3.83 3.7 3.91 3.78 3.97 3.82 3.64 3.32 3.27
Years 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 3.28 3.38 3.35 3.83 3.82 4.01 4.19 4.38 4.57 4.73
Years 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 4.8 4.88 4.95 5.03 5.1 5.18 5.25 5.32 5.4 5.47
Years 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 5.35 5.22 5.1 4.97 4.85 4.72 4.6 4.47 4.35 4.22
Years 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920[8]
Total Fertility Rate in Greece 4.09 3.97 3.84 3.72 3.59 3.47 3.34 3.22 3.09 2.97

Life Expectancy from 1950 to 2015[edit]

Period Life expectancy in
Years
Period Life expectancy in
Years
1950–1955 65.8 1985–1990 75.6
1955–1960 67.2 1990–1995 77.4
1960–1965 69.3 1995–2000 78.1
1965–1970 70.1 2000–2005 79.1
1970–1975 71.8 2005–2010 80.0
1975–1980 72.8 2010–2015 80.6
1980–1985 74.5

Source: UN World Population Prospects[9]

Vital statistics from 1921[10][11][12][edit]

Greece total fertility rate by region (2014)
  1.5 - 1.7
  1.4 - 1.5
  1.3 - 1.4
  < 1.3
Average population Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Total fertility rates[fn 1][8][13][14]
1921 5 050 000 107 000 69 000 38 000 21.2 13.7 7.5 2.84
1922 5 097 000 110 000 82 000 18 000 21.6 16.1 3.5 2.88
1923 6 010 000 113 926 102 042 11 884 19.0 17.0 2.0 2.55
1924 6 000 000 117 014 93 320 23 694 19.5 15.6 3.9 2.61
1925 5 958 000 156 367 88 633 67 734 26.2 14.9 11.4 3.52
1926 6 042 000 181 278 84 136 97 142 30.0 13.9 16.1 4.02
1927 6 127 000 176 527 100 020 76 507 28.8 16.3 12.5 3.86
1928 6 210 000 189 250 105 665 83 585 30.5 17.0 13.5 4.09
1929 6 286 000 181 870 115 561 66 309 28.9 18.4 10.5 3.87
1930 6 367 000 199 565 103 811 95 754 31.3 16.3 15.0 4.19
1931 6 463 000 199 243 114 369 84 874 30.8 17.7 13.1 3.83
1932 6 544 000 185 523 117 593 67 930 28.4 18.0 10.4 3.8
1933 6 625 000 189 583 111 447 78 136 28.6 16.8 11.8 3.84
1934 6 727 000 208 929 100 651 108 278 31.1 15.0 16.1 4.16
1935 6 837 000 192 511 101 416 91 095 28.2 14.8 13.3 3.77
1936 6 936 000 193 343 105 005 88 338 27.9 15.1 12.7 3.68
1937 7 029 000 183 878 105 674 78 204 26.2 15.0 11.1 3.51
1938 7 122 000 184 509 93 766 90 743 25.9 13.2 12.7 3.47
1939 7 222 000 178 852 100 459 78 393 24.8 13.9 10.9 3.32
1940 7 319 000 179 480 93 830 85 670 24.5 12.8 11.7 3.29
1941 7 370 000 134 760 125 710 9 050 18.3 17.1 1.2 3.19
1942 7 350 000 132 640 191 030 -58 390 18.0 26.0 -7.9 3.08
1943 7 280 000 122 170 111 320 10 850 16.8 15.3 1.5 2.98
1944 7 300 000 145 530 110 810 34 720 19.9 15.2 4.8 2.88
1945 7 310 000 183 470 85 540 97 930 25.1 11.7 13.4 2.78
1946 7 430 000 209 360 73 500 135 860 28.2 9.9 18.3 2.68
1947 7 520 000 206 400 70 340 136 060 27.4 9.4 18.1 2.58
1948 7 500 000 210 000 96 000 114 000 28.0 12.8 15.2 2.48
1949 7 480 000 139 108 59 450 79 658 18.6 7.9 10.6 2.37
1950 7 554 000 151 314 53 755 97 559 20.0 7.1 12.9 2.47
1951 7 646 000 155 422 57 508 97 914 20.3 7.5 12.8 2.47
1952 7 733 000 149 637 53 377 96 260 19.4 6.9 12.4 2.48
1953 7 817 000 143 765 56 680 87 085 18.4 7.3 11.1 2.49
1954 7 893 000 151 892 55 625 96 267 19.2 7.0 12.2 2.48
1955 7 966 000 154 263 54 781 99 482 19.4 6.9 12.5 2.47
1956 8 031 000 156 187 59 460 96 727 19.4 7.4 12.0 2.44
1957 8 096 000 155 192 61 664 93 528 19.2 7.6 11.6 2.42
1958 8 173 000 155 359 58 160 97 199 19.0 7.1 11.9 2.38
1959 8 258 000 160 199 60 852 99 347 19.4 7.4 12.0 2.36
1960 8 334 000 157 239 60 563 96 676 18.9 7.3 11.6 2.33
1961 8 398 000 150 716 63 955 86 761 17.9 7.6 10.3 2.32
1962 8 448 000 152 158 66 554 85 604 18.0 7.9 10.1 2.32
1963 8 480 000 148 249 66 813 81 436 17.5 7.9 9.6 2.34
1964 8 510 000 153 109 69 429 83 680 18.0 8.1 9.8 2.37
1965 8 551 000 151 448 67 269 84 179 17.7 7.8 9.8 2.41
1966 8 614 000 154 613 67 912 86 701 17.9 7.9 10.1 2.46
1967 8 686 000 162 839 71 975 90 864 18.7 8.3 10.4 2.51
1968 8 741 000 160 338 73 309 87 029 18.3 8.4 10.0 2.54
1969 8 773 000 154 077 71 825 82 252 17.6 8.2 9.4 2.56
1970 8 793 000 144 928 74 009 70 919 16.5 8.4 8.1 2.57
1971 8 831 000 141 126 73 819 67 307 16.0 8.4 7.6 2.57
1972 8 889 000 140 891 76 859 64 032 15.9 8.6 7.2 2.55
1973 8 929 000 137 526 77 648 59 878 15.4 8.7 6.7 2.54
1974 8 962 000 144 069 76 303 67 766 16.1 8.5 7.6 2.52
1975 9 047 000 142 273 80 077 62 196 15.7 8.9 6.9 2.5
1976 9 167 000 146 566 81 818 64 748 16.0 8.9 7.1 2.47
1977 9 269 000 143 739 83 750 59 989 15.4 9.0 6.4 2.44
1978 9 395 000 146 588 81 615 64 973 15.5 8.7 6.9 2.39
1979 9 534 000 147 965 82 338 65 627 15.5 8.6 6.9 2.34
1980 9 643 000 148 134 87 282 60 852 15.4 9.1 6.3 2.27
1981 9 729 000 140 953 86 261 54 692 14.5 8.9 5.6 2.19
1982 9 790 000 137 275 86 345 50 930 14.0 8.8 5.2 2.1
1983 9 847 000 132 608 90 586 42 022 13.5 9.2 4.3 2
1984 9 896 000 125 724 88 397 37 327 12.7 8.9 3.8 1.9
1985 9 934 000 116 481 92 886 23 595 11.7 9.4 2.4 1.8
1986 9 967 000 112 250 91 469 20 781 11.3 9.2 2.1 1.71
1987 10 001 000 105 899 95 232 10 667 10.6 9.5 1.1 1.63
1988 10 037 000 107 668 93 031 14 637 10.7 9.3 1.5 1.57
1989 10 090 000 101 149 92 717 8 432 10.0 9.2 0.8 1.51
1990 10 161 000 102 229 94 152 8 077 10.1 9.3 0.8 1.47
1991 10 257 000 102 620 95 498 7 122 10.0 9.3 0.7 1.44
1992 10 370 000 104 081 98 231 5 850 10.0 9.5 0.6 1.42
1993 10 466 000 101 799 97 419 4 380 9.7 9.3 0.4 1.4
1994 10 553 000 103 763 97 807 5 956 9.8 9.3 0.6 1.38
1995 10 635 000 101 495 100 158 1 337 9.5 9.4 0.1 1.37
1996 10 710 000 100 718 100 740 - 22 9.4 9.4 -0.0 1.36
1997 10 777 000 102 038 99 738 2 300 9.5 9.3 0.2 1.35
1998 10 835 000 100 894 102 668 -1 774 9.3 9.5 -0.2 1.33
1999 10 883 000 100 643 103 304 -2 661 9.2 9.5 -0.2 1.33
2000 10 918 000 103 267 105 219 -1 952 9.5 9.6 -0.2 1.32
2001 10 950 000 102 282 102 559 - 277 9.3 9.4 -0.0 1.31
2002 10 988 000 107 838 103 915 3 923 9.5 9.5 0.2 1.34
2003 11 024 000 106 420 105 529 893 9.5 9.5 0.1 1.36
2004 11 062 000 105 655 104 942 713 9.6 9.5 0.1 1.38
2005 11 104 000 107 545 105 091 2 454 9.7 9.5 0.2 1.4
2006 11 148 000 112 042 105 476 6 566 10.1 9.5 0.6 1.42
2007 11 193 000 111 926 109 895 2 031 10.0 9.8 0.2 1.41
2008 11 237 000 118 302 107 979 10 323 10.5 9.6 0.9 1.55
2009 11 278 000 117 933 108 316 9 617 10.5 9.6 0.9 1.57
2010 11 312 000 114 766 109 084 5 682 10.2 9.7 0.5 1.53
2011 11 293 000 106 428 111 099 -4 671 9.8 10.3 -0.5 1.42
2012[15] 11 264 000 100 371 116 670 -16 299 9.1 10.6 -1.5 1.34
2013[16] 11 238 000 94 134 111 794 -17 660 8.5 10.2 -1.7 1.28
2014[17] 11 200 000 93 429 114 088 -20 659 8.4 10.4 -2.0 1.30
2015[18] 11 168 000 91 847 121 212 -29 365 8.5 11.2 -2.7 1.33
2016 11 143 500 92 898 118 792 -25 894 8.6 11.0 -2.4 1.38
2017 11 119 900 88 500 124 500 -36 000 8.2 11.6 -3.3 1.43

Other demographics statistics[edit]

Greece is currently experiencing a declining birthrate, with hospitals reporting 10% fewer births in the past 4 years.[19]

The number of live births in the country has fallen nearly 15% and it's been unparalleled in Europe.[19]

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.[19]

Demographic statistics according to the World Population Review.[19]

  • One birth every 6 minutes
  • One death every 4 minutes
  • Net loss of one person every 23 minutes
  • One net migrant every 53 minutes

Demographic statistics according to the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.[14]

Population pyramid of Greece in 2017
Population
10,768,477 (July 2017 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 13.83% (male 767,245/female 722,313)
15-24 years: 9.67% (male 532,179/female 509,487)
25-54 years: 42.45% (male 2,275,984/female 2,295,082)
55-64 years: 13.13% (male 692,420/female 721,641)
65 years and over: 20.91% (male 986,816/female 1,265,310) (2017 est.)
0-14 years: 14.2% (male 787,143/female 741,356)
15-64 years: 66.2% (male 3,555,447/female 3,567,383)
65 years and over: 19.6% (male 923,177/female 1,185,630) (2011 est.)
Total fertility rate
1.43 children born/woman (2017 est.) Country comparison to the world: 208th
Median age
total: 44.5 years. Country comparison to the world: 7th
male: 43.5 years
female: 45.6 years (2017 est.)
total: 42.5 years
male: 41.4 years
female: 43.6 years (2011 est.)
Mother's mean age at first birth
29.8 years (2014 est.)
Population growth rate
-0.06% (2017 est.) Country comparison to the world: 204th
Birth rate
8.4 births/1,000 population (2017 est.) Country comparison to the world: 218th
Death rate
11.3 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Net migration rate
2.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.) Country comparison to the world: 40th
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 80.7 years. Country comparison to the world: 36th
male: 78 years
female: 83.4 years (2017 est.)
Infant mortality rate
total: 4.6 deaths/1,000 live births. Country comparison to the world: 179th
male: 5 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 4.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
Ethnic groups

population: Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7% (2001 census)
Note: data represent citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity

Dependency ratios
total dependency ratio: 52.7
youth dependency ratio: 22.2
elderly dependency ratio: 30.5
potential support ratio: 3.3 (2015 est.)
Religions

Greek Orthodox (official) 81-90%, Muslim 2%, other 3%, none 4-15%, unspecified 1% (2015 est.)

Urbanization
urban population: 79.1% of total population (2018)
rate of urbanization: 0.22% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Unemployment, youth ages 15–24
total: 49.8%. Country comparison to the world: 7th
male: 45.2%
female: 55% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
total: 18 years
male: 18 years
female: 18 years (2014)

Immigration[edit]

Refugees in each area following the final Population exchange between Greece and Turkey, Russia and Bulgaria. 20% of the population were Greek refugees including 100,000-400,000 Karamanlides
Foreign citizens in Greece in 1998 by country of citizenship,

Greece has received a large number of immigrants since the early 1990s. The majority of them come from the neighbouring countries. As of 2011, the number of foreigners in an enumerated total of 10,815,197 people was 911,299.

Citizenship Census 2011[20] %
 Greece 9,903,268 91.56
 Albania 480,824 4.45
 Bulgaria 75,915 0.70
 Romania 46,523 0.43
 Pakistan 34,177 0.31
 Georgia 27,400 0.25
 Ukraine 17,006 0.16
 United Kingdom 15,386 0.14
 Cyprus 14,446 0.13
 Poland 14,145 0.13
 Russia 13,807 0.12
 India 11,333 0.10
 Bangladesh 11,076 0.10
 Germany 10,778 0.09
 Egypt 10,455 0.09
 Moldova 10,391 0.09
 Philippines 9,804 0.09
Other 108,436 1
Total 10,815,197 100

Foreign-born by country (Eurostat):[21]

2010 2014
Total 828,400 727,500
 Albania 384,600 337,700
 Georgia 62,600 45,100
 Russia 55,700 43,000
 Bulgaria 45,700 40,900
 Romania 32,400 27,200
 Germany 29,300 25,700
 Pakistan 20,100 18,000
 Poland 10,800 16,600
 Turkey 9,500 12,500
 Cyprus 10,200 10,900
 UK 5,200 10,700
 Ukraine 13,300 10,700
 Egypt 10,200 9,800
 Bangladesh 14,200 8,400
 Syria 7,500 8,300
others 117,100 102,000

Illegal immigration[edit]

Greece has received many illegal immigrants beginning in the 1990s and continuing during the 2000s and 2010s. Migrants make use of the many islands in the Aegean Sea, directly west of Turkey. A spokesman for the European Union's border control agency said that the Greek-Albanian border is "one of Europe's worst-affected external land borders." Migrants across the Evros region bordering Turkey face land-mines. Principal illegal immigrants include Albanians, Indians, Kurds, Afghans, Iraqis and Somalis.[22][23]

Age structure[edit]

Being part of the phenomenon of the aging of Europe, the Greek population shows a rapid increase of the percentage of the elderly people. Greece's population census of 1961 found that 10.9% of the total population was above the age of 65, while the percentage of this group age increased to 19.0% in 2011. On the contrary, the percentage of the population of the ages 0–14 had a total decrease of 10.2% between 1961 and 2011.

Age group 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Population % Population % Population % Population % Population %
0–14 2,223,904 25.4 2,307,297 23.7 1,974,867 19.2 1,664,085 15.2 1,576,500 14.4
15–64 5,587,352 63.7 6,192,751 63.6 6,880,681 67.1 7,468,395 68.1 7,122,830 66.6
65+ 957,116 10.9 1,239,541 12.7 1,404,352 13.7 1,831,540 16.7 2,108,807 19.0
Total 8,768,372 9,739,589 10,259,900 10,964,020 10,816,286

Ethnic groups, languages and religion[edit]

The population of northern Greece has primarily been ethnically, religiously and linguistically diverse.[24] The Muslim minority of Greece is the only explicitly recognized minority in Greece by the government. The officials define it as a group of Greek Muslims numbering 98,000 people, consisting of Turks (50%), Pomaks (35%) and Romani (15%). No other minorities are acknowledged and the Greek government has followed assimilatory policies and has discriminated against them.[25][26] There is no official information for the size of the ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities because asking the population questions pertaining to the topic have been abolished since 1951.[27]

Map showing the distribution of major Modern Greek dialect areas
Note: Greek is the dominant language throughout Greece; inclusion in a non-Greek language zone does not necessarily imply that the relevant minority language is still spoken there, or that its speakers consider themselves an ethnic minority.

Religion in Greece for the period 2006-2015 according to Swiss Metadatabse of Religious Affiliation in Europe[28]

  Eastern Orthodoxy and other Christian (92.2%)
  no religion (4.6%)
  Islam (2.7%)
  others (0.6%)

Minorities in Greece according to Minority Rights Group International:[29]

Minorities in Greece according to International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (published on 18 September 1999):[30]

Minority Greek government's estimate Independent estimate
Romani 300,000 350,000
Aromanians 200,000
Arvanites 200,000
Slavophones 100,000 200,000, incl. 10,000-30,000 Macedonians/Bulgarians
Turks 49,000 50,000
Pomaks 34,000 30,000
Jews 5,000

The official language of Greece is Greek, spoken by almost all as a second language at least. Additionally, there are a number of linguistic minority groups that are bilingual in a variety of non-Greek languages, and parts of these groups identify ethnically as Greeks. The most common of all these dialects, the groups that speak them and the regions where they are considered native are:

Dialect Spoken by Estimated population Region
Greek dialects
Cretan Cretans 600,000 Crete
Maniot Maniots 25,000 Mani (southern Peloponnese)
Pontic Pontians 200,000 Macedonia
Sarakatsanika Sarakatsani 80,000 Central Greece, Thessaly, Epirus
Tsakonian Tsakonians 1,200 Tsakonia (eastern Peloponnese)
Other languages
Arvanitika Arvanites 50,000[31] Attica, southern Euboea, Boeotia, Peloponnese
Aromanian Aromanians 50,000[31] Epirus, Thessaly, West Macedonia
Hebrew Jews 5,000[31]
Macedonian/Bulgarian Slavic-speakers of Greek Macedonia, Pomaks 50-80,000 (Macedonia), 10-40,000 (Thrace)[32][33][34] Macedonia, Thrace
Turkish Turks 128,380 (Thrace)[35] 6,000 (Dodecanese) Thrace
Romani Romani 300,000-350,000
Native speakers census 1913 census 1928[25][36] census 1940[36][37] census 1951[38]
Number % Number % Number % Number %
Greek 7,297,878 95.6
Turkish[32][39] 86,506- 230,000 1.4- 3.7 94,509- 180,000 1.3- 2.5 179,895 2.4
Slavic[32] 300,000- 500,000 6.3- 10.6 81,844- 100,000 1.3- 1.6 86,079- 100,000 1.2- 1.4 41,017- 60,000 0.5- 0.8
Aromanian 19,679 0.3 57,263 0.8 39,855 0.5
Albanian 18,598 0.3 20,000 0.3 22,736 0.3
Armenian[32] 31,038 0.5 26,796 0.4 9,000 0.1
Hebrew/Ladino[31][32] 63,000 1.0 52,706 0.7 1,300 0.0
Others 51,420 0.7
Total 4,734,990 6,204,684 7,344,860 7,632,801
Religious population in Greece at the 1951 Census[38]
Orthodox 7,472,559 (97.9%)
Muslim 112,665 (1.4%)
Catholic 28,430 (0.4%)
Protestant and other Christian 12,677 (0.2%)
Jewish 6,325 (0.1%)
Total 7,632,801

According to the Greek constitution, Eastern Orthodox Christianity is recognized as the "prevailing religion" in Greece. During the centuries that Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire, besides its spiritual mandate, the Orthodox Church, based in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul), also functioned as an official representative of the Christian population of the empire. The Church is often credited with the preservation of the Greek language, values, and national identity during Ottoman times. The Church was also an important rallying point in the war for independence against the Ottoman Empire, although the official Church in Constantinople initially condemned the breakout of the armed struggle in fear of retaliation from the Ottoman side. The Church of Greece was established shortly after the formation of a Greek national state. Its authority to this day extends only to the areas included in the independent Greek state before the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. There is a Muslim minority concentrated in Thrace and officially protected by the Treaty of Lausanne (1923). Besides Pomaks (Muslim Bulgarian[4] speakers) and Roma, it consists mainly of ethnic Turks, who speak Turkish and receive instruction in Turkish at special government-funded schools. There are also a number of Jews in Greece, most of whom live in Thessaloniki. There are also some Greeks who adhere to a reconstruction of the ancient Greek religion.[40] A place of worship has been recognized as such by court.[41]

Education[edit]

Greek education is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 15. English study is compulsory from first grade through high school. University education, including books, is also free, contingent upon the student's ability to meet stiff entrance requirements. A high percentage of the student population seeks higher education. More than 100,000 students are registered at Greek universities, and 15% of the population currently holds a university degree. Admission in a university is determined by state-administered exams, the candidate's grade-point average from high school, and his/her priority choices of major. About one in four candidates gains admission to Greek universities.

Greek law does not currently offer official recognition to the graduates of private universities that operate in the country, except for those that offer a degree valid in another European Union country, which is automatically recognized by reciprocity. As a result, a large and growing number of students are pursuing higher education abroad. The Greek Government decides through an evaluation procedure whether to recognize degrees from specific foreign universities as qualification for public sector hiring. Other students attend private, post-secondary educational institutions in Greece that are not recognized by the Greek Government. At the moment extensive public talk is made for the reform of the Constitution in order to recognize private higher education in Greece as equal with public and to place common regulations for both.

The number of Greek students studying at European institutions is increasing along with EU support for educational exchange. In addition, nearly 5,000 Greeks are studying in the United States, about half of whom are in graduate school. Greek per capita student representation in the US (one every 2,200) is among the highest in Europe.

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  1. ^ In fertility rates, 2.1 and above is a stable population and have been marked blue, 2 and below leads an aging population and the result is that the population reduces.

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