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Greece Population 2024

Greece is a European country located in Southeast Europe. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It’s the 13th most populated country in Europe & 14th largest by area.

According to the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the population of Greece in 2021 is 10,635,997 (10.63 million). As per the World Population Prospects, by the United Nations, the population of Greece in 2024 is 10,302,720 (10.3 million)

Source: Hellenic Statistical Authority & UN World Population Prospects

Greece Demography
Greece2024 Population
Total Population10,316,641 (10.3 million)
Europe Rank13th
Land Area 130,647 sq. km (50,443 sq. mi)
Area Rank14th
Pop. Density124 people/sq. km (321/sq. mi)
Fertility Rate1.3
Median Age45.6 Years
Life Expectancy82.80 years
Urban Population84.90%
Capital CityAthens

Source: Hellenic Statistical Authority & UN World Population Prospects

Religion in Greece

Christianity is the majority religion in Greece and is followed by 93% of the population. An estimated 90% of Greek citizens identify themselves as Eastern Orthodox, belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. Other Christians are at 3% of the population and it included Catholics, Old Calendarists, Protestants, and other smaller denominations

Non-Christian faiths account for 3%, and the remaining 4% are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.” Other Religion includes Islam, Jews, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other smaller faiths. 

Religion in Greece 

ReligionPercent %
– Orthodox Christianity – 90%
– Other Christians– 3%
Other Religions1%

source: estimates


Greece Historical Population

Greece’s Population is close to 2 million at the start of the 20th Century & before the start of the second world war, it touched 7 million. After the 1940s the population of Greece continued to grow, though at a decreased pace after the 1960s, due to a gradual decrease in fertility and emigration to various countries, such as West Germany, Australia & United Kingdom.

The birth rate decreased significantly in the 1980s, while in 1987 the Greek population surpassed 10 million. During the nineties, the population increased by close to a million, as the collapse of the communist governments in Eastern Europe and the economic downturn resulted in a significant influx of Eastern European immigrants in Greece.

In the 2000s the population continued to increase reaching 11 million & afterward the population started to decrease and birth rates plummeted, while death rates increased due to an aging population. 

Let’s have a look at the population of Greece from the year 1900 to 2021

YearPopulationPercentage Change

Source: Hellenic Statistical Authority

Top Cities in Greece by Population

2ThessalonikiCentral Macedonia8,24,676
3PatrasWestern Greece1,67,446
9ChalcisCentral Greece59,125
10SerresCentral Macedonia58,287
11AlexandroupoliEastern Macedonia and Thrace57,812
12XanthiEastern Macedonia and Thrace56,122
13KateriniCentral Macedonia55,997
15KavalaEastern Macedonia and Thrace54,027
17LamiaCentral Greece52,006
18KomotiniEastern Macedonia and Thrace50,990
19RhodesSouth Aegean49,541
20AgrinioWestern Greece46,899
Greek Diaspora

People of Greek ancestry form an important group in several countries in North and South America. As per the US Census 2020, Greek ancestry is estimated at 1.25 million people. It also forms an important minority Group in Canada, Brazil, and Mexico.

read more about Greek ancestry in America

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