Greece GR

615,680

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

22,650

Indicated decisions 2014

11.1 million

Population

10.2 million

Christians
41,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Greece
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    Religion is closely linked with Greek nationality as 97% of Greeks are Orthodox.
    The Orthodox clergy played a major role in helping Greece gain independence. 
    Clergy helped preserve Greek language, culture, and tradition during centuries of occupation.
    Religious feasts honor saints with music, drinking, dancing; These reinforce social ties.
    Greece had one million victims in WWII, the highest casualties per capita of any country.
  • Top 25 Stats

    Percent of Country Who Are Christians-91.68% (8th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 66.49% (25th).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Non-religious
  • Human Development Index

    29/187
  • Internet Access

    57.85% (55th)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Greek (85.9%); Albanian (4%); Slavo-macedonians (1.8%); Turkish and Bulgarian-speaking minorities (1.4%); Romani/Gypsy (0.8%); Large undocumented immigrants.
  • Common Languages

    Greek
  • Economy

    Tourism, agriculture, and industry are important; Economy shrank 1/4th from 2008-2013.
    Greece has the largest fleet of merchant ships in the European Union.
    Nation faces impossible debt and social unrest; Austerity due to debt and European Union.
    There is a lot of uncertainty and disruption from the economic problems.
    New agreement with European Union in 2015 allows more borrowing, but does not fix issues.
  • History / Politics

    Gained independence in 1827 after four centuries of Turkish domination.
    Endured civil war, 2 military dictatorships, and tensions with Turkey, but is now democratic.
    Large-scale immigration from the Balkans and Middle East changing the ethnic makeup.
  • Spirituality

    Less than 3% are active churchgoers; Not a lot of evangelism occurring.
    The Orthodox church kept national identity and faith, but now opposes new Christians.
    Probably the best chance for Christianity is a revitalization of the Orthodox church.
  • Prayers

    Pray for a revival in the Greek Orthodox church that will be vibrant and lasting.
    Pray that the Orthodox church will be more open to evangelicals coming into the nation.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.