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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GREECE's Piraeus Bank to sell part of European Reliance stake to EBRD

Greece's Piraeus Bank will sell part of its 28 percent stake in insurer European Reliance to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a Piraeus official said on Wednesday. Piraeus, Greece's largest lender by assets, plans to divest the entire stake as part of a restructuring plan which entails the disposal of non-core assets.

GREEK insurance market is taking a dive

The situation in the industry in Greece looks as though the trend is to continue slipping. Last year, the insurance market in Greece took a significant hit as the number of people in the country who cashed in savings based policies broke all previous records of that nature.
That trend revealed a solid decline of the state of the insurance industry within the country.

Insurance market wanes in GREECE

The number of people who cashed in savings-based insurance policies early reached a record high in 2015, owing to the drop in disposable incomes that led to many being able to keep up with the payments, according to data seen by Kathimerini.

Interlife CEO: GREEK insurance market lost 1.85 bln euros in 2010-2015

The Greek insurance market has lost around 1.85 billion euros during the crisis, according to Ioannis Votsaridis, chief executive of Interlife. "The market is falling since 2008. Total loss is very big. The car insurance sector has lost 48 pct in the 2010-2015 period, the life insurance sector around 24 pct and the damage sector around 39 pct...I believe that the sector will find it very difficult to regain its losses as intense competition drives insurance rates lower," he said.

STATISTICS: GREECE, 3Q2015: The decreases reported on motor classes pushed the market down by 3.6% y-o-y

The Greek insurers reported gross written premiums of EUR 2.72 billion in 3Q2015, down by 3.6% y-o-y, according to a quarterly report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). Non-life insurance GWP accounted for 51% of the total - EUR 1.38 billion, or 8% less y-o-y, while the life insurance sector was up by 1.4%, reaching EUR 1.33 billion (49% of total insurance market).

STATISTICS: GREECE, 1H2015: Life insurance maintained the market on a positive track

The Greek insurers reported a GWP of EUR 1.96 billion in the first half of 2015, as compared with EUR 1.92 billion a year earlier, according to the 1H2015 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC). The Report published by HAIC includes the figures for 57 insurers accounting for 95.8% of the insurance market's full data for 2014. Of these, 21 were active in the life segment (97.4% market share) and 47 were active in the non-life segment (94.4% market share).