Location map
author: OCHA/ ReliefWeb

- 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.

- 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
Pop. density*:81.4people/km2
GDP*:185.5EUR billion

European Union:
EU member, since 1981

Currency: Euro
Code: EUR
Since: 2001

Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
Overall Property*:11%
Overall Motor*:25%




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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.

GREECE FY 2012: Safe investments lead to losses

With the total GWP reaching EUR 4.3 billion and a 10.71% drop in comparison with the previous year, one can say that the market is in serious trouble also for 2013. The total non-life gross written premiums reached EUR 2.37 billion. From EUR 2.69 billion in 2011 the fall stopped at 11.76%.

GREECE: Ethniki, Eurolife merger to create insurance giant

Following the merger planned between the National Bank of Greece and Eurobank groups, the linkup of their insurance activities will lead to the creation of a domestic insurance giant with premiums of over 1.1 billion euros out of a total of 4.9 billion euros in the local market.

GREECE: Proposal for a national earthquake insurance program

Greece is characterized by its high seismic exposure. It is estimated that the economic loss to the residential stock of a 1-in-200 year event is likely to be greater than 22 billion Euros while for a shorter return period 1-in-5 year it is likely to be 1.3 billion Euros.

GREECE: Fines up to EUR 1,000 to vehicle owners with no insurance policy

Car owners in Greece will have to pay penalties for their vehicles by the beginning of autumn if they don't acquire an insurance policy. Fines will start from 250 up to EUR 1,000 depending on vehicles year of manufacture and engine volume. In case of non-payment, owners will be given an even higher fine and withdrawal of their license and plate numbers.

GREECE: Mandatory civil liability maritime insurance

Mandatory civil liability insurance for all vessels that enter Greek ports remains on paper, as the implementation for the legislation imposed by relevant EU directive that was incorporated into Greek law in 2012 is yet to become active. The delay in enforcing the law is keeping Greek insurers away from a potential premium volume of EUR 100 million.

GREECE: 2H stress tests

Stress tests to insurance companies will be commencing normally this year also, in spite the transition period that was given to the companies in order to recover from their great losses over PSI+. These tests will determine the limits of the insurance market against plausible negative developments in capital markets, but also to disastrous or adverse insurance events.

GREECE: HDI-GERLING recorded 27% increased profit

Profits before taxes of the According Greek branch of HDI-GERLING for the fiscal year of 2011, reached EUR 6.2 mil, increasing y-o-y by 27% (EUR 4.9 mil in 2010). After tax profits closed at EUR 5 mil from EUR 3.8 mil in 2010. The results are in line with HDI-Gerling Hellas' goal of continuing its successful course against a harsh economic environment, remaining between the most profitable insurance companies in Greece for the last years.

GREECE, 1Q2012: Unit-linked products kept the market on course

Total premium production of the Greek insurance market for the 1Q 2012 appears to be reduced by 5%, but on the other hand in the Life associated with investments insurance branch premium production has increased by a staggering 79%, according with the research conducted by HAIC (Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies).

GREECE: 79% growth in investment products

Data published by HAIC (Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies) reveal that savers have turned their focus on Unit Linked programs rather than term deposits. According to the data, in 1Q 2012, premium production in the investment programs branch have increased by 79%, while the total production of the sector has been enhanced by EUR 68.2 million Y-o-Y, reaching a total of EUR 154.5 million.

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