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Total country population 10,700,000
Core Jewish population 4,100
Jews per total 1,000 in population 0.38
Population with a Jewish parent 5,200
Enlarged Jewish population 6,000
Law of Return Jewish population 7,000



  • The total population of Greece on 1 January 2016 stood at 10,793,500. Its population declined by 64,500 in 2015, due to a combination of outward migration and an excess of deaths over births. 
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Greece was estimated to be 4,300 (0.04% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 6000 (0.06% of the wider population). 
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 4,800 in 1990 (0.05% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by approximately 8% over 25 years during which the wider population has grown by approximately 9%. 
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 233 Greeks emigrated to Israel. 
  • An estimated 7000 Greeks qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. 
  • The Jewish community is concentrated in Athens, with communities in Thessaloniki, Larissa and Chalkis. 

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