Greece

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 2,999,934
  • % of total
  • 26.9%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 4,152,749
  • % of total
  • 37.3%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Europe & Central Asia
  • Income group
  • High income

Data on social pensions

Pension to uninsured elderly

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Pension to uninsured elderly
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 1982
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Article 22, Paragraph 5 of the Greek Constitution

2011

http://www.socialprotection.eu/files_db/1109/asisp_ANR11_Greece.pdf

Eligibility criteria

  • Age of eligibility
  • 60
  • Targeting approach
  • Means-tested
  • Detailed eligibility criteria
  • The basic pension is granted to old-aged uninsured persons (including people who paid contributions for less than 15 years) under the following conditions: (1) claimants must be 65 years and over and their personal and family income should not surpass €5,040 and €10,080 respectively (income thresholds being adjusted to changes in the level of the basic pension); (b) they must have been permanent country residents for a minimum of 15 years between their 15th and 65th year of age. Those who satisfy the above conditions and are permanent residents for 35 years and over are entitled to a full basic pension (the amount is reduced by 1/35 for each remaining year up to 35 years).
  • References and notes

2008

Non-take up of social benefits in Greece and Spain (EUROMOD Paper)

Adequacy

  • Monthly benefit (local currency)
  • 330 Euros
  • US$
  • 449
  • % of GDP per capita
  • 19.0%
  • $ PPP
  • 457.7
  • % of $1.90 poverty line (PPP)
  • 792%
  • Local amount detailed/other benefits
  • 330 Euros a month. This does not include supplements for dependent spouses or children.
  • References and notes

2008

Responses on social protection for older people to UN HRC

Coverage

2008

Responses on social protection for older people to UN HRC

Cost

Resources on the pension in Greece

  • Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Europe, 2012

    Year: 2012 | Published by: Social Security Administration (SSA), International Social Security Association

    Author: Social Security Administration (SSA), International Social Security Association (ISSA)

  • Pensions at a glance 2011: Greece

    Year: 2011 | Published by: OECD

    Author: OECD

    Country Profile from OECD's "Pensions at a glance 2011: Retirement-income systems of OECD countries".

  • Pathways to a universal basic pension in Greece

    Year: 2010 | Published by: Athens University of Economics & Business

    Author: C. Leventi, M. Matsaganis

    Although basic pension had for years failed to catch the imagination of policy makers in Greece, it was suddenly brought to the agenda in...

  • Non-take up of social benefits in Greece and Spain

    Year: 2010 | Published by: Euromod

    Author: M. Matsanganis, H. Levy and M. Flevotomou

    Even though interest in non take up of social benefits is considerable in many European countries, the topic is under-researched in southern Europe. The...

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