Location: Greece is located in Southern Europe bordering the Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey. It is in a strategic location dominating the Aegean Sea and the southern entrance to the Turkish Straits. It is a peninsular country, possessing an archipelago of about 3,000 islands.

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

Natural Hazards: Severe earthquakes, droughts, wildfires.

Currency: EURO

Sources: Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies
Bank of Greece

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Wilbur Ross backs American-Dutch bid for Ethniki Insurance

The US commerce secretary has backed a bid by an American-Dutch consortium to buy the insurance arm of Greece's National Bank, Ethniki Insurance, saying a deal could help US investment flows to the troubled Mediterranean country.

Greece, FY2016: 4.6% y-o-y increase in the overall premium income

According to a recent press release of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC), the Greek insurance market saw a 4.6% y-o-y increase in the overall premium income in 2016, to EUR 3.78 billion. The result takes into consideration the 56 insurance undertakings HAIC members, representing approximately 97.1% of total premium income.

GREEK turnaround adds sheen to NBG's insurance asset sale

An unexpected uptick in the outlook for the Greek economy should boost buyer demand for National Bank of Greece SA subsidiary Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance Co. SA, while the gradual removal of the social safety net should provide a stream of clients for its products over the longer term, analysts told S&P Global Market Intelligence.

GREECE: Exin acquires AIG operations

Matt Fairfield's (re)insurance start-up Exin Partners has struck a deal to buyout AIG's interest in AIG Greece in a deal worth upwards of EUR100mn ($104mn), The Insurance Insider can reveal.

GREECE: Bids for NBG's Ethniki Insurance set for Q1

National Bank of Greece aims to have the binding bids for the sale of its subsidiary Ethniki Insurance within the first quarter of 2017. According to the group's commitment in its restructuring plan, the sale must take place in the first half of next year, but bank sources say the process will begin in January.