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  • Greece is made up of thousands of small islands and around 80% of it mountainous.
  • Greek is one of the oldest spoken languages in Europe and it has been spoken for over 3,000 years
  • Much of what we know today can be attributed to Greek history, including democracy and The Olympic Games!

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Working in Greece

Employment Information

Working Hours

In Greece, the normal working week is 40 hours on average.

Greek law recognises two types of overtime work: overwork and overtime. Working hours which fall between 41 and 45 hours a week is classified as overwork. Overwork compensation generally equals the hourly wage plus 20%.

Overtime is classed as any work exceeding 9 hours a day/45 hours a week. Legal overtime can reach 3 hours a day and a maximum of 150 hours per year. Overtime wages generally equal the hourly wage plus 40%.

Leave Entitlement / Public Holidays

Employees in Greece are entitled to sick pay from their employer for any short-term sickness. The details of this are as follows:

  • First 3 days of sickness – 50% of salary covered by the employer
  • Day 4 until 13 of sickness (first year of employment) – Social security system and employer both contribute towards reimbursing the employee
  • Day 4 until day 25 of sickness (any year thereafter) – Social security system and employer both contribute towards reimbursing the employee

Employees in Greece also receive the following leaves:

  • Marriage Leave – 5 days
  • Child Birth Leave – 14 days
  • Maternity Leave – 17 weeks off (8 weeks prior to delivery, 9 weeks after)
  • Funeral Leave (for immediate family) – 2 days

As a minimum, employees in Greece are entitled to 20 days of annual paid leave. This allowance generally increases with every year of completed service (up to a minimum of 22 days).

The allowance increases to a minimum of 25 days leave after 10 years of continuous service with the same employer. While on leave, employees will receive full pay from their employer.

Greece observes a variety of public holidays, these include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Epiphany
  • Clean Monday
  • Independence Day
  • Orthodox Holy Friday
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • Labour Day
  • Holy Spirit Monday
  • Assumption Day
  • Christmas Day
  • The day after Christmas Day

Cultural Information

Religion is an important aspect of Greek culture. The primary religion of Greece is Orthodox Christian, which makes up around 90% of the population. Outside of this group, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic groups can be found throughout the nation.

Greek is the official language of Greece.

Impacts from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a significant rise in the share of employees working from home, as the government and business put in place social distancing and isolation measures.

Remote work/telework has been used by the vast majority of companies and constitutes the most common countermeasure. Companies that shifted to telework have done so to the maximum possible extent – that is for all employees who perform tasks compatible with telework and for all or most of their working time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened a window of opportunity to expand the use of remote work/telework, which had been relatively low previously.

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