Greeks are a bag of contradictions regarding political ideology and views, with the majority believing “socialism” to be a more positive term than “capitalism” while, at the same time, espousing the classical characteristics of liberalism in valuing “freedom” over “equality”, a new, wide-ranging opinion poll suggests.
Greece saw its rate of poverty increase by more than 40 percent during the economic crisis, the highest jump in any EU state, according to a new German study that measures poverty in a “multidimensional” way.
Ranked 32nd on a 38-strong list, Greece is lagging behind most other developed countries when it comes to spending on research and development.
Along with Cyprus, Greece recycled just short than a fifth of municipal rate in 2014, jointly the third lowest rate in the EU and less than half the EU average, a new environmental implementation review from the European Commission has found.
Greek, along with Montenegrin, patients have the lowest level of patient rights and access to information among 36 countries in Europe, according to a new report.
The inequality fuelled by the Greek crisis expanded even further in 2016, with three-quarters of households reporting that they were worse off quantitatively and qualitatively than before and with just under half of them claiming that they rely on pensions as their main source of income.
While almost 90 percent of Greek businesses have access to the internet, only 11.5 percent reported making any web sales online in 2016, be it through a web shop or app, web data from the Hellenic Statistics Authority (ELSTAT) has shown.
Just over a third of the Greek population spends about three-quarters of their income on paying off bills and debts, while a further 15 percent spend almost all their income on the same expenses, according to research by the National School of Public Health (ESDY).
Greece spends proportionately less of its GDP on social protection than the EU average but gives more of a share of what it spends to pensioners than any other EU country, newly released data from Eurostat shows.
The overwhelming majority of Greek households report that they were affected by the economic crisis, possibly contributing to the low levels of life satisfaction in the country, a report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has found.