Greece Population clock (live)

10,764,026
Current population
5,326,990
Current male population (49.5%)
5,437,036
Current female population (50.5%)
83,712
Births this year
201
Births today
98,429
Deaths this year
236
Deaths today
-23,061
Net migration this year
-55
Net migration today
-37,778
Population growth this year
-91
Population growth today

13-11-2019 17:14:55

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .



Quick facts about the population of Greece

Current population (as of Wednesday, November 13, 2019)
10,764,117
Population rank
86 (0.14% of world population)
Total area
131,960 km2 (50,950 mi2)
Population density
81.6 per km2 (211.3 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.98 (5,326,990 men to 5,437,036 women)
Median age
43.3 years
Life expectancy
79.9 years (77.4 - men, 82.7 - women)
Literacy
97.7 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Greece population 2019

During 2019 Greece population is projected to decrease by -43,531 people and reach 10,758,273 in the beginning of 2020. The number of deaths will exceed the number of live births by 16,959, so the natural increase is expected to be negative. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 26,572 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Greece to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2019

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Greece population in 2019 will be the following:

The population of Greece will be declining by 119 persons daily in 2019.

Demographics of Greece 2018

As of 1 January 2019, the population of Greece was estimated to be 10,801,804 people. This is a decrease of -0.40 % (-43,707 people) compared to population of 10,845,511 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was negative, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of live births by 17,027. Due to external migration, the population declined by 26,680. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.980 (980 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2018.

Below are the key figures for Greece population in 2018:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2019

Greece population density

Greece population density is 81.9 people per square kilometer (212.0/mi2) as of November 2019. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Greece divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Greece. The total area of Greece is 131,960 km2 (50,950 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Greece

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity9,504,71588.3 %
Religiously Unaffiliated667,3756.2 %
Islam570,4985.3 %
Folk or traditional religions10,7640.1 %
Hinduism10,7640.1 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Wednesday, November 13 2019).

Greece age structure

As of the beginning of 2019 according to our estimates Greece had the following population age distribution:

14.2 66.2 19.6

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Greece population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Greece age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Greece is 51.1 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Greece must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Greece is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Greece is 21.5 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Greece is 29.6 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Greece age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Greece is 79.9 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 77.4 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 82.7 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 9,052,369 persons or 97.68% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Greece are able to read and write. Accordingly about 215,147 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 98.53% (4,429,853 persons). 66,182 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 96.88% (4,622,515 persons). 148,966 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.53% and 99.36% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.45%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Greece population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Greece historical population (1951 - 2019)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Greece population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19517,600,640N/A %
19527,670,6500.92 %
19537,742,7400.94 %
19547,817,7430.97 %
19557,895,7191.00 %
19567,975,9261.02 %
19578,056,8231.01 %
19588,136,1710.98 %
19598,211,2500.92 %
19608,279,3730.83 %
19618,338,7030.72 %
19628,389,0400.60 %
19638,432,3380.52 %
19648,472,4250.48 %
19658,513,2420.48 %
19668,557,4260.52 %
19678,605,6360.56 %
19688,656,5120.59 %
19698,707,3300.59 %
19708,755,4920.55 %
19718,798,9410.50 %
19728,837,6520.44 %
19738,876,6120.44 %
19748,924,9940.55 %
19758,991,4710.74 %
19769,081,3061.00 %
19779,194,1401.24 %
19789,321,9691.39 %
19799,450,8911.38 %
19809,566,9341.23 %
19819,662,6111.00 %
19829,738,0990.78 %
19839,797,1250.61 %
19849,844,8620.49 %
19859,887,2780.43 %
19869,926,7040.40 %
19879,962,6660.36 %
19889,998,3960.36 %
198910,041,4480.43 %
199010,098,7980.57 %
199110,174,7600.75 %
199210,269,4130.93 %
199310,377,1981.05 %
199410,488,1611.07 %
199510,592,0700.99 %
199610,683,4020.86 %
199710,761,9120.73 %
199810,828,7510.62 %
199910,885,0260.52 %
200010,932,3870.44 %
200110,970,8740.35 %
200210,999,6030.26 %
200311,020,5390.19 %
200411,038,6630.16 %
200511,058,7010.18 %
200611,083,9370.23 %
200711,114,7570.28 %
200811,146,5290.29 %
200911,170,5900.22 %
201011,178,4670.07 %
201111,165,278-0.12 %
201211,131,355-0.30 %
201311,082,413-0.44 %
201411,027,971-0.49 %
201510,977,697-0.46 %
201610,933,457-0.40 %
201710,889,395-0.40 %
201810,845,511-0.40 %
201910,801,804-0.40 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
202011,102,567N/A %
202510,944,619-1.42 %
203010,783,623-1.47 %
203510,624,071-1.48 %
204010,451,869-1.62 %
204510,243,555-1.99 %
20509,981,575-2.56 %
20559,669,776-3.12 %
20609,329,291-3.52 %
20658,989,068-3.65 %
20708,670,387-3.55 %
20758,391,431-3.22 %
20808,153,655-2.83 %
20857,949,978-2.50 %
20907,766,566-2.31 %
20957,590,430-2.27 %
21007,422,813-2.21 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link