Greek Culture

Etiquette

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  • Greeks are generally exceptionally hospitable. However, their generosity can sometimes accidentally  embarrass their Australian guests. For example, there is often an expectation in Greece that guests accepts what is offered. If you refuse something legitimately, it may be seen as a token protest made out of politeness. Therefore, instead of accepting your refusal, a Greek may insist that you receive what is given. This can lead to awkward situations in which an Australian can feel the offer is being forced upon them.
  • Always make an effort to compliment your host’s hospitality.
  • It is best manners to eat everything on your plate.
  • Do not leave the table until everyone has finished eating.
  • Flowers or sweets are suitable to give a host/hostess.
Greece
  • Population
    11,128,404
    0.15% of World Population
  • Languages
    Greek (official) (99%)
    Other (1%)
  • Religions
    Greek Orthodox Christianity (98%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Greek (93%)
    Other (7%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 60
    Individualism 35
    Masculinity 57
    Uncertainty Avoidance 100
    Long Term Orientation 45
    Indulgence 50
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  • Australians with Greek Ancestry
    378,270
Greeks in Australia
  • Population
    99,939
  • Average Age
    67
  • Gender
    Males (48.8%)
    Females (51.2%)
  • Religion
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (93.4%)
    No Religion (1.7%)
    Jehovah's Witness (0.7%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Greek (91.3%)
    Macedonian (3.3%)
    English (0.7%)
    Other (2.2%)
  • Languages
    Greek (88.0%)
    English (7.4%)
    Macedonian (3.0%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (63.8%)
    Not Well (35.2%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (50%)
    New South Wales (31.6%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (3.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (93.1%)
    2001-2006 (0.8%)
    2007-2011 (1.1%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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