Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Greece - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Greece - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Greece - Date formats



Greece - Languages


Language map External

Greek External (Demotiki) is the official language, spoken by 95% of the population. It is written in Greek script, though it is often found transcribed into Latin script. Other languages spoken are Macedonian External (2%), Turkish External (1%) and Albanian External (1%). There are some 200 000 (2%) speakers of Pontic External (a form of Greek unintelligible to speakers of Standard Greek) in the suburbs between Athens and Peiraeus Katerini); 30 000 speakers of Bulgarian External; 62 000 speakers of Romanian in the two dialects of Macedo External and Megleno External, 1 000 speakers of Romani External and 300 speakers of Tsakonian External.

Greece - Personal names


Greek personal names, like other Greek nouns, may be inflected – their ending depends on the grammatical gender and case. Male and female surnames therefore differ within the same family - the wife of Petro Constantinopoulos may be Eleni Constantinopoulou. As this indicates grammatically that a woman is the property of her husband or father, not all women choose to use this form.

The middle name is often a patronymic – thus

   Petros Georgiou Constantinopoulos

(often written Petros Constantinopoulos tou Georgiou) is the son of Georgios. Married women may take their husband’s given name as a middle name:

   Eleni Petrou Constantinopoulou

Greeks often write their surname first.

Women (and children) usually, but not always, take their husband’s surname upon marriage. Some women retain both surnames hyphenated.

It is usual for a person’s name to include their father’s initial in the middle in this way:

   Constantinos T. Voliotis

Long surnames may be abbreviated.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Greece - Company legal forms


The following company types may be found in Greek addresses:

   ABEE (Anonimi Biomixaniki Emporiki Eteria / Ανώνυμη Βιομηχανική Εμπορική Εταιρεία)
   AE (Anonymous Eteria / Ανώνυμη Εταιρία - limited liability)
   Atomiki Epihirisi (sole proprietorship)
   EE (Eterrorrythmos, Eterorithmi Etairia / Ετερόρρυθμος Εταιρία – limited liability partnership)
   EPE (Eteria Periorismeris Efthinis / Εταιρία Περιορισμένης Ευθύνης - limited liability company)
   MEPE (Monoprosopi Eteria Periorismenis Euthinis / Μονοπρόσωπη Εταιρία Περιορισμένης Ευθύνης)
   OBEE (Omorithmi Biomixaniki Emporiki Eteria / Ομόρρυθμη Βιομηχανική Εμπορική Εταιρεία)
   OE (Omorrythmos, Omorithmi Etairia / Ομόρρυθμος Εταιρία – partnership)
   SA (Société Anonyme) 

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see External

Greece - For the attention of


This may be transliterated to Ipopsin.

Greece - Addresses


Addresses have the following structure:

   Contact name or Business name
   Thoroughfare[ ]number
   postal code[  ]TOWN NAME

For example:


The postal code should be separated from the settlement name by two spaces.

The Greek for street or road is οδός (odhos), but this is rarely used – the street name in its genitive form is used. For example:

   54 Homer Street

will be found as

   Omirou 54

Other thoroughfare types, such as λεωφόρος (leoforos, Avenue) or πλατεία (plateia, square) are used, in front of the thoroughfare name:

   Leoforos Omirou 54

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Other elements commonly found in address databases


hai, he, heis, hen, hene, henas, ho, hoi, mia, ta and to are articles in Greek.

Greece - Post office box


This is written in a number of ways in Greek, according to the way in which the Greek text is transliterated. It may be:

   Taxydromikh Qypida
   Tahidromiki Thirida
   Takhidhromiki Thiridha
   Tahydromiki Thyrida

It can be abbreviated as T.Q. or T.Th. Its Greek form is ΤαΞνδρομικη Ηνριδα.

Greece - Postal codes


Postal codes (Taxydpomikos Tomeas, or TT) consist of 5 digits. They are written on the same line (the last line) and before the town name in the following format:

   999[ ]99

for example:

   145 63  Athens
   546 45  Thessaloniki

The first two digits (ranging between 10 and 85) indicate the prefecture or large town (more than 50 000 inhabitants), the third digit is a ‘0’ to indicate a large town; the last three figures give the post office or destination.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Greece - Postal code format graphic


Greece - Postal code format

Greece - Postal code specifics

Greece - Postal code regular expression


Greece - Postal code level of coverage


Greece - Postal code map


Place names in Greece


There are Albanian communities in Attica and along the border with Albania. They have their own names for certain settlements. Macedonian is spoken by some 180 000 inhabitants of the province of Macedonia, around Thessaloníki. Some settlements have both Greek and Macedonian names, though the Greek authorities heavily discourage the use of the Macedonian versions.

Refer to Exonyms in Greece for full lists of place names in Greece in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at External

Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Greece - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


From 1st January 2011 Greece is divided into 7 decentralised administrations External (apokentromenes dioikiseis, singular: apokentromeni dioikisi) and one self-governed part, an autonomous monastic community (autodioikito), shown below with an asterisk:

    Aegean External
    Attica   (Attiki) External
    Crete   (Kriti) External
    Epirus   and Western Macedonia External
    Macedonia   and Thrace External
    Mount   Athos* (Agion Oros) External
    Peloponnese,   Western Greece and the Ionian Islands External
    Thessaly   and Central Greece External

Telephone numbers in Greece


Greek numbers have no area codes and are 10 digits long when called from abroad.. Mobile numbers commence with 693, 694, 697 or 699.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

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