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Total population:   10.76
GDP per capita (USD):   27809
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Total population (million): 10.76
Percentage 65 or older: 20.4
Dependency ratio (a): 52.9
Life expectancy at birth (years) - Men: 78.5
Life expectancy at birth (years) - Women: 83.7
Statutory pensionable age - Men: 67
Statutory pensionable age - Women: 67
Early pensionable age - Men (b): 62
Early pensionable age - Women (b): 62
GDP per capita (USD): 27809
SOURCES: Information on statutory and early pensionable ages is based on information in the country summaries in this
volume. Other indicators are sourced from the World Bank, World Development Indicators, available at http://data.worldbank
.org/data-catalog/worlddevelopment-indicators; and where information was not available, the U.S. Central Intelligence
Agency. The World Factbook (Washington D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency), available at
/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/index.html. The figures in the table reflect the latest data available from each
source as of the publication of this volume.
NOTES: GDP = gross domestic product; PPP = purchasing power parity. GDP estimates are converted into international
dollars using PPP rates. The statutory and early pensionable age shown in the table is the general pensionable age or the
age that applies to the largest covered population.
a. Population aged 14 or younger plus population aged 65 or older, divided by population aged 15-64.
b. General early pensionable age only; excludes early pensionable ages for specific groups of employees.
c. 2015 GDP.
d. The country has no early pensionable age, has one only for specific groups, information is not available, or the pension is
awarded at any age if certain qualifying conditions are met.
e. 2014 GDP.
f. 2009 GDP.
g. The retirement age is flexible.
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Books, reports and articles

The impact of financial crisis on health systems in Europe: a review of practices during recession

WHO/Europe | European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies -. 2014.

Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 2013. 192

Greece: The pension reform of 2010

In The Four Pillars Newsletter , n° 50
Nektarios; Milton. 2012. 3 p.

Health systems and the financial crisis

WHO, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 2012. 42

Pathways to a universal basic pension in Greece

Leventi; C.; Matsaganis; M. Athens University of Economics and Business. 2011. 18 p.

Flexible working time arrangements and gender equality

A comparative review of 30 European countries

European Commission. European Commission. 2010. 126 p.

Is there an extended family of Mediterranean welfare states?

In Journal of European Social Policy , n° 4, vol. 20
Gal, John. 2010. p 283-301.

Self-Employment in Europe

EEO Network Services. European Commission. 2010. 82 p.

The social situation in the European Union 2009

In The social situation in the European Union , (2009)
European Commission. 2010. 364 p.

Dealing with older workers: a comparative survey of employers' attitudes and actions

In Journal of European Social Policy , N°1, vol. 19 , (2009)
Schippers, Joop; Henkens, Kène; Van Dalen, Hendrik P. Traute Meyer. Jochen Clasen. 2009. p 47-60.

Individualised pensions and women in Greece: caveats and opportunities

Vlachantoni, Athina. Centre for Research on Ageing. 2009. 23 p.

Meine Zeit in Griechenland: Arbeit und Rente europaweit

Deutsche Rentenversicherung. DRB. 2009. 48 p.

'Southern-style' National Health Services? Recent Reforms and Trends in Spain and Greece

In Social Policy and Administration , N° 2, vol. 42 , (April 2008)
Coleman, Anna; Guillén, Ana M.; Petmesidou, Maria. 2008. p p 106-124.

Can existing theories of health care reform explain the Greek case (1983-2001) ?

In Journal of European Social Policy , N° 2, vol. 18 , (May 2008)
Mays, Nicholas; Nikolentzos, Athanasios. 2008. p 163-176.

Continuity and change in the southern European social model

In International Labour Review , N° 1, vol. 147 , (2008)
Karamessini, Maria. 2008. p 43-70.

Moving within Europe:Your rights to social security in Greece as at 29 March 2006

European Commission. Publications Office of the European Union. 2008. 24 p.

Private health expenditure in the Greek health care system: Where truth ends and the myth begins

In Health Policy , N° 2, vol. 88 , (December 2008)
Siskou, Olga; Kaitelidou, Daphne; Papakonstantinou, Vasiliki; Liaropoulos, Lycourgos. 2008. p 282-293.

Mobil in Europa: Soziale Sicherheit in Griechenland : Ihre Rechte : Stand: 29. März 2006

Europäische Kommission. Amt für amtliche Veröffentlichungen der Europäischen Gemeinschaften. 2008. 28 p.

Mobilité européenne: Vos droits de sécurité sociale en Grèce: situation au 29 mars 2006

Commission européenne. Office des publications officielles des Communautés européennes. 2008. 22 p.

Movilidad europea: Sus derechos de seguridad social en Grecia : situación a 29 de marzo de 2006

Comisión Europea. Oficina de Publicaciones Oficiales de las Comunidades Europeas. 2008. 28 p.

MISSOC- Info 2/ 2007: Financing social protection: Greece

MISSOC. European Commission. 2007. 3 p.

MISSOC- Info 2/ 2007: Financement de la protection sociale: Grèce

MISSOC. Commission européenne. 2007. 3 p.

Grèce: régulation et réformes du système national de santé

In Chronique internationale de l'IRES , N° 98 , (janv. 2006)
Antonopoulou, Lila. 2006. p 17-24.

Pensions snapshot: Greece

In EPN European Pensions & Investment News , N° 191 , (Jan. 2006)
Cevik, Reeta. 2006. 24 p.

International accounting standards as catalysts for pension reform: Greek pensions and the public/private boundary

In Journal of European Social Policy , n° 2, vol. 21 , (Mai 2011)
Tinios, Platon. p 164 -177.


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Centre des liaisons européennes et internationales de sécurité sociale. CLEISS.

ILO social security inquiry

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Sistemas de protección social - MISSOC

Comisión Europea. Comisión Europea.

Sozialschutzsysteme in den Mitgliedstaaten - MISSOC

Europäische Kommission. Europäische Kommission.

Systèmes de protection sociale – MISSOC

Commission européenne. Commission européenne.