Greek Culture

Etiquette

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  • Greeks are generally exceptionally hospitable. However, their generosity can sometimes accidentally  embarrass their Australian guests. For example, there is often an expectation in Greece that guests accepts what is offered. If you refuse something legitimately, it may be seen as a token protest made out of politeness. Therefore, instead of accepting your refusal, a Greek may insist that you receive what is given. This can lead to awkward situations in which an Australian can feel the offer is being forced upon them.
  • Always make an effort to compliment your host’s hospitality.
  • It is best manners to eat everything on your plate.
  • Do not leave the table until everyone has finished eating.
  • Flowers or sweets are suitable to give a host/hostess.
Greece
  • Population
    10,773,253
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Greek (official) (99%)
    Other (1%)
  • Religions
    Greek Orthodox Christianity [official] (98%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Greek (93%)
    Other (7%)
    [2001 census]
    Note: This data represents citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 60
    Individualism 35
    Masculinity 57
    Uncertainty Avoidance 100
    Long Term Orientation 45
    Indulgence 50
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  • Australians with Greek Ancestry
    397,431 [2016 census]
Greeks in Australia
  • Population
    93,743
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Greece.
  • Average Age
    67
  • Gender
    Males (48.8%)
    Females (51.2%)
  • Religion
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (93.4%)
    No Religion (1.7%)
    Jehovah's Witness (0.7%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Greek (91.3%)
    Macedonian (3.3%)
    English (0.7%)
    Other (2.2%)
  • Languages
    Greek (88.0%)
    English (7.4%)
    Macedonian (3.0%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (63.8%)
    Not Well (35.2%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (50%)
    New South Wales (31.6%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (3.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (93.1%)
    2001-2006 (0.8%)
    2007-2011 (1.1%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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