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Location:
- Southern Europe;
- borders Ionian Sea and Mediterranean Sea;
- peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 3,000 islands, dominating the Aegean Sea and the southern entrance to the Turkish Straits;
- Neighbours: Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Italy.

Climate:
- Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters and hot, dry summers;
- snowfalls do occur occasionally during the winter.

Natural Hazards:
- severe earthquakes;
- droughts;
- wildfires.

Macro indicators
* 2018 estimates
Surface:131,957km2
Population*:10.7million
Pop. density*:81.4people/km2
GDP*:185.5EUR billion
GDP/capita*:17,274.8EUR

European Union:
EU member, since 1981

Currency: Euro
Code: EUR
Since: 2001


Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
TOTAL LIFE*:48%
TOTAL NON-LIFE*:52%
Overall Property*:11%
Overall Motor*:25%

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Statistics

Greece FY2019 Market Portfolio

Greece 3Q2019 Market Portfolio


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Latest news

STATISTICS: GREECE, 3Q2014: Life policies have slowed the insurance market decline to 1%

The Greek insurers reported gross written premiums of EUR 2.8 billion in 3Q2014, down 1% y-o-y, according to a Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). The Report includes figures from 59 insurers, representing 94.4% of the market's GWP. Of these, 21 were activating on the life insurance segment (97.8% market share) and 48 were activating on the non-life segment (91.9% market share).

STATISTICS: GREECE 1H2014: unit-linked insurance products pushed the life segment back on a positive track

The Greek insurers reported a GWP of EUR 1.93 million in the first half of 2014, as compared with EUR 1.97 billion a year earlier, according to the 1H2014 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). In the analyzed period, the non-life insurance GWP accounted for 54.9% of the total (EUR 1.06 billion, 9% less y-o-y), while the life insurance segment accounted for the remainder of the market (~EUR 870 million, or 7.57% more y-o-y).

GREECE: ERGO to become the largest property-casualty insurer by acquiring ATE Insurance

The ERGO Insurance Group announced it has agreed to acquire 100% of the Greek company ATE Insurance, the property-casualty arm of PIRAEUS Bank - Greece's second-largest lender by assets. The purchase price is EUR 90.1 million, ERGO noted in a press release. The deal is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

GREECE, 1Q2014: GWP down by 2.4% y-o-y

The Greek insurers reported gross written premiums of EUR 986 million in the first quarter of 2014, as compared with EUR 1.01 billion a year earlier, according to the 1Q2014 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).

GREECE: ALLIANZ and ERGO interested in buying AGROTIKI

ALLIANZ SE - the largest European insurer and ERGO Versicherungsgruppe - the insurance unit of MUNICH Re - are in talks to buy the Greek insurer AGROTIKI Insurance - owned by PIRAEUS Bank, according to BLOOMBERG quoting three people familiar with the matter.

GREECE: Three million vehicles in Greece uninspected

It is estimated that some two million cars and one million motorbikes in Greece have not had an annual check-up, while 300,000 vehicles are uninsured. Meanwhile, as many as 500,000 fewer vehicles have been taxed than last year, costing the Greek state around 400 million euros in lost revenue.

The GREEK market closed the year with a 9.4% decrease y-o-y

In 2013, the Greek insurance market totaled EUR 3.84 billion, 9.4% less y-o-y, according to the figures presented by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). The life insurance segment decreased by 14.1% y-o-y to approximately EUR 1.64 billion, basically still being one of the most affected insurance business line by the global economic and Eurozone debt crises. For the future insurance analysts forecasted an increase for the life GWP, but this projection is subject to a gradual improvement in the economy.

730,000 Uninsured Vehicles in GREECE

A committee, including representatives of the Public Order, Transport, Finance Ministries and the Greek Union of Insurance Companies, after examining the databases of the Greek insurance companies and the Transport Ministry, announced that the number of uninsured vehicles in Greece amounts to 730,000.

GREECE: ERGO to take over the Bank of Cyprus' non-life insurer

General Insurance of Cyprus (GIC) - member of the Bank of Cyprus Group has entered into a cooperation agreement with ERGO in Greece, for the gradual transfer to ERGO of the existing insurance policies which were issued by KYPROU Asfalistiki - the branch of GIC in Greece.

GREECE: One mln cars circulating without insurance

Because of the impact of the economic crisis on household budgets, about one million vehicles are currently in circulation in Greece without insurance, Kathimerini online reports quoting Costas Bertsias, Chairman of Car Insurance Companies Association in Greece.

The average retirement age in GREECE stands at almost 58 years old

The average retirement age in Greece stands at just 57 years and eight months according to a survey conducted by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). The survey used a sample from the quarterly work force report from the April-June 2012 period for people aged between 50 and 69 years, and reached some very interesting conclusions.

GREECE, 3Q2013: Lower premiums following the motor insurance price war

In 3Q2013, the Greek insurance market totaled EUR 2.86 billion, 10.1% less y-o-y, according to the figures presented by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). Life insurance segment decreased 16.2% y-o-y at approximately EUR 1.2 billion, while the non-life segment reported a negative dynamic of 5.2% y-o-y, due a 10.3% decrease in motor hull insurance, while the MTPL insurance sector - the most representative non-life insurance class (29.3% of total market) went down by 6.5% y-o-y.

GREECE: Auto insurance industry takes a plunge

The price war in Greece's car insurance premiums is behind the dramatic drop in the sector's turnover, which declined by 15.2 percent last year compared to 2011 and another 6.5 percent on a yearly basis in the first nine months of this year, according to a report on the sector issued by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies.

GREECE 1H2013: 11% decrease in GWP under the prolonged crisis

The Greek economy will shrink again, according to IMF estimates. In 2012 the GDP fell for the fifth consecutive year, while in 2013 it is expected to decrease by 5.3% to EUR 183.5 billion. At the same time, the private consumption will remain at a low level due to a record-high of unemployment: the unemployment rate at the end of 2013 will be 27% as compared with 7.7% in 2008 (IMF statistics). Under these circumstances, the financial industries continued to suffer.


GREECE: Life insurers appear to have fared much better in the recent past

"Greece Insurance Report Q3 2013" reports that the news flow and data from Greece's insurance sector highlights three key themes. First, the economic crisis has finally had a (brutal) impact on the non-life segment. Second, premiums in the life segment have held up remarkably well. Third, the consolidation of Greece's banking sector is something of a wildcard, and may bring around a consolidation among insurance companies as well.

Greek insurers Q1 gross written premiums down by 13%

The Greek insurers reported gross written premiums of EUR 1.02 billion in the first quarter of 2013 as compared with EUR 1.18 billion a year earlier, according to the 1Q2013 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).



GREEK FinMin considers imposing compulsory property insurance

Greek finance ministry considers to make property insurance against earthquake and floods obligatory. According to daily Kathimerini, the compulsory insurance of property against big natural disasters like earthquake and flood is being considered by the finance ministry as an attempt to forestall the possibility of a widespread economic damage from an unexpected event such as an earthquake or flood.


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