Greek Culture

Greetings

  • A handshake is the most common greeting in Greece. It is exchanged between men, women and children.
  • Close friends may greet each other with a warm embrace or a kiss on the cheek. Others might slap or pat one another’s arm or back a few times.
  • Maintain direct eye contact when introduced to someone for the first time.
  • If the person is older than you, address them by their title and last name unless invited to move to a first-name basis. This formality is less necessary between youths or friends.
  • The common verbal greeting in Greece is “Yassas” (Hello) or the more informal “Yiasoo”.
  • Address people by their appropriate title, e.g. ‘Keerios’ (Mr) for men and ‘Keeria’ (Mrs) for women. You may find people address elders they are not related to as ‘Theia’ (Aunty) and ‘Theios’ (Uncle).
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Greece
  • Population
    10,768,477
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Language
    Greek (official) (99%)
    Other (1%)
  • Religion
    Greek Orthodox Christianity [official] (98%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • Ethnicity
    Greek (93%)
    Other (7%)
    [Census, 2001]
    Note: Greece does not collect data on the ethnic backgrounds of the population. This data represents citizenship only.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    60
    35
    57
    100
    45
    50
  • Australians with Greek Ancestry
    397,431 [Census, 2016]
Greeks in Australia
  • Population
    93,743
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Greece.
  • Median Age
    71 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Males (47.9%)
    Females (52.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (90.6%)
    Other Religion (3.9%)
    No Religion (3.1%)
    Not Stated (2.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Greek (93.1%)
    Macedonian (2.2%)
    Australian (1.4%)
    English (0.8%)
    Other Ancestry (2.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Greek (87.7%)
    English (8.3%)
    Macedonian (2.4%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 65.0% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (50.4%)
    New South Wales (31.4%)
    South Australia (9.3%)
    Queensland (3.5%)
    Other (5.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (90.0%)
    2007 - 2011 (1.5%)
    2012 - 2016 (4.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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