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23 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:01

Investing in Greece: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Greece.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Greece has a population of 10.6 million, making it the 87th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 48.6% males and 51.4% females.

There are 3.7 million people employed in Greece, with an unemployment rate of 17.8% – 810,044 people.


Greece is the 48th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $217.7bn. Greece’s GDP has grown by -25% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 16% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 755,608 students in tertiary education in Greece, with 663,512 students in secondary and 640,736 in primary education. Greece spent 4.5% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Greece ranked 79th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 72nd. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Greece finished 59th, after ranking 59th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $10.3bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $6.8bn in 2018.

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The largest urban areas in Greece are Athens (3.5 million people), Thessaloniki (1.1 million) and Central Athens Division (885,007).

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