Greece’s population sits at 11.14 million in 2018


Greece has an estimated population of 11.14 million, which ranks 84th in the world, based on the latest data from the United Nations.

The last official census in Greece took place in 2012 which found a population of 10.8 million. Greece has a population density of 82 people per square kilometre which ranks 120th in the world.

The largest city and capital is the ancient city of Athens, which is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history going back at least 3,400 years.

Athens has an urban population of 3 million with a metro population of 3.75 million. Athens is the most densely populated region of Greece with 19,000 people per square mile in the city.

About two-thirds of Greek people live in urban regions. Along with Athens, other major cities include Thessaloniki (788,000), Patras (214,000), and Heraklion (174,000).

Millions of Greeks have migrated abroad to the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, South Africa and Germany over the last century, which has led to a great Greek diaspora.

According to the 2001 census, there were 762,000 people in Greece without Greek citizenship or about 7% of the population. Of non-citizens, about 49,000 were EU nationals and 17,000 were Cypriots with privileged status. Most came from Eastern European countries, including Albania (56%), Bulgaria (5%) and Romania (3%).

The 2011 census found the population was comprised of Greek citizens (91%), Albanian citizens (4.5%), Bulgarian citizens (0.7%), Romanian citizens (0.4%), Pakistani citizens (0.3%) and Georgian citizens (0.25%).

Facts and Figures

*Source Worldometers and World Population Review