Greek Culture

Greetings

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  • 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 “Yiasoo” (Hello).
  • 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).
Greece
  • Population
    10,768,477
    [July 2017 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: Greece does not collect data on the ethnic backgrounds of the population. This data represents citizenship only.
  • 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%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Greek (88.0%)
    English (7.4%)
    Macedonian (3.0%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 63.8% speak English fluently.
  • 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%)
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