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DID YOU KNOW
- 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
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
- Clean Monday
- Independence Day
- Orthodox Holy Friday
- Orthodox Easter Monday
- Labour Day
- Holy Spirit Monday
- Assumption Day
- Christmas Day
- The day after Christmas Day
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.