Diverse Communities in Greece

Diverse Communities in Greece

Fulbright Greece has compiled a listing of diverse communities in Greece, It is impossible to provide an exhaustive list that will attend to everybody’s needs, but we invite you to contact Fulbright staff members for additional requests, suggestions, and amendments.

Religion

The official religion in Greece is Christian, and about 90% of the population belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church. However, the country has a rich past in which many religious dominations mingled as reflected in the variety of active communities. A selection of contacts can be found below:

PROTESTANT CHURCH

First Greek Evangelical Church
Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 50, Athina 105 58, T +30 210 3231079

St. Andrews International Church
Sina 66, Athens 10672, T +30 210 6985070

Greek Evangelical Church
Paleon Patron Germanou 37, Thessaloniki 546 22, T +30 2310 273760

ANGLICAN CHURCH

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Catholic Church in Greece

The Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius Areopagite in Athens
24 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 106 72, T + 30 210 3623603

Catholic Parish Saint John Baptist
Papanastasiou 11, Psychico, Athens 154 52, T +30 210 6711410

Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Thessaloniki
Fragkon 19, Thessaloniki 546 25, T +30 2310 539550

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Agiou Ioannou, Thira 847 00 (Santorini), T +30 2286 025360

SYNAGOGUES

Chabad of Greece Listing of active synagogues

MOSQUES

The Muslim population forms a recognized religious minority, primarily based in the northeastern part of Greece, in the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. A small community of Grecophone Cretan Muslims still resides in the Dodecanese Islands of Rhodes and Kos. These are the locations where you may find active services such as the Yeni and Eski Mosques in Komotini, the Ibrahim Pasha Mosque in Rhodes and the Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque in Kos. In Athens, the Votanikos or Athens New Mosque opened in November 2020.

Athens Mosque

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LGBT+

Greece is the birthplace of Eros and of the poet Sappho. Members of the Greek LGBT community have been included on mainstream television and are celebrities in their own right. LGBT communities in the larger cities of Athens and Thessaloniki have become quite vocal and active, However, provocative behavior is frowned upon by the majority of the population.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Gay-Friendly Greece

Athens Pride  
Athens Pride Week

Thessaloniki Pride

Athens LGBTQ Youth Community

This is Athens: LGBT+ Culture

Athens Housing Collective for LGBT+ refugees – Volunteering opportunities

Queer Ink: A queer publishing initiative

Athens Museum of Queer Arts: A meeting point for researchers, activists, and performers

Diversity XIIIPhoto by Ruan Richard on Unsplash

Women empowerment/ Gender equality organizations

Women on Top - for the professional empowerment of women and for equality at the workplace

Women Act – empowering women in leadership

Lean In Circles-Hellas – gender equality

MExoxo - women's and girls' education

DIOTIMA - The Centre for Research on Women’s Issues

Minorities

The Greek population is quite homogenous, and during the last two centuries, Greece has been primarily a land of emigration. The recent and sudden influx of immigrants has sometimes led to resentment, and often tourists or visitors might be mistaken for immigrants, therefore do not be surprised if you are asked where you are “originally” from.

Due to the homogeneity of Greece, there are no communities that represent diverse ethnic groups except for immigrants and refugees. People from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia are concentrated around Omonia and Patission, especially Plateia Victoria. There are numerous expatriate groups on Facebook and a growing Chinatown near Syntagma, as well as a Filipino community in Ambelokipi.

Diversity XIEgglipse - Egg shells as a skin, design project by Caroline Cotto, photo by Biel Garcia Belmonte for Design Museum Gent 'Kleureyck. Van Eyck’s Colours in Design'

Integration/Migration/Refugees

United African Women Organization in Athens 

African Culture Blog

Avato - The ‘African’ Village in Northern Greece

Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity

Melissa Women Network  for migrant and refugee women in Greece

The Home Project - addresses the needs of refugee children, who arrive in Greece alone

Arsis - social support of youth

Solidarity Now - committed to improve vulnerable people’s lives

Human Rights 360 - human rights movement

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