Greek Culture

Religion

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According to the CIA World Factbook, 98% of Greeks belong to the Greek Orthodox Christian faith, 1.3% of the population are Muslim and 0.7% affiliate with another or no religion.

The figures are similar among the Greece-born within Australia; 93.4% belong to Eastern Orthodox (Greek Orthodox) Christianity according to the 2011 Census, 1.7% stated “No Religion”—a statistic lower than Australia’s population (22.3%)—and 1.4% did not state a religion.

Many Greeks will identify themselves as followers of the Church whether or not they truly believe in the metaphysics/higher power of the religion. It is common to hear them making jokes about god, priests, and religion. That being said, although not all Greeks actually attend church services, the Church continues to have a strong influence on Greek culture, and it remains especially important to the older generation of Greek Australians.
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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