facts about the country
and capital of the country: Hellenic Republic, Athens
and 1 autonomous region
Oros (Mt. Athos).
million (as per 2011 census - ELSTAT)
3½ hours behind IST in winter; 2½ hours in summer
of State: Mr.
of Government: Mr.
India and Greece established
diplomatic relations in May 1950. India opened its resident Embassy
in Athens in March 1978. Interaction between India and Greece goes
back to antiquity. In modern times, the two countries have developed
a warm relationship based on a common commitment to democracy, peace
and development in the world and to a social system imbued with
principles of justice and equality. India and Greece also share
common approaches to many international issues, such as UN reforms
and Cyprus. Greece has consistently supported India’s core foreign
policy objectives. India opened its resident Mission in Greece in
relationship has progressed smoothly over the last 65 years.
Bilateral VVIP visits have taken place regularly. President A.P.J.
Abdul Kalam visited Greece in April 2007. Greek Prime Minister
Kostas Karamanlis visited India in January 2008.
and Greece share common approach on many initiatives including UN
reform and the Cyprus issue. Greece participated with India in the
Six-National Delhi Declaration on Nuclear Disarmament in 1985.
The two countries held Foreign
Office Consultations in New Delhi on 20 September 2016 and discussion
focused on various issues of bilateral, regional and international
India and Greece are keen to
increase their commercial and investment contacts. Greece looks for
Indian investments in their program of privatization of public
assets. Indian infrastructure company, GMR Group has tendered a bid
for upgradation and management of Heraklion airport at Crete Island.
Session of India-Greece Joint Economic Committee was held in New
Delhi on 23 October 2016 where discussions were held on a number of
MoUs/Agreements with a view to enhancing bilateral commercial
engagement between the two countries. Areas discussed –
Agriculture, Tourism, Shipping, Infrastructure, IT, etc.
Three Indian companies were
having parteners in Greece and 10 Greek companies are operating in
India. But the investments in each other’s country are not
significant. Greek companies have shown interst in doing business in
India including export of olive oil and olive, fruits and fruit
juice, consumer goods, construction and alunium products to India as
well as small investments. Many Indian enterpreneurs assisted by ITPO
and Ministry of Micro, Small and Mefuim Industries have regularly
participated in the Thessaloniki International Fair held every year
in northern Greece.
figures are in US$ million)
Export Import Data Bank, Department of Commerce, Government of
Bilateral trade will go up in
2016-17 due to projects, joint ventures and increasing trade. The
main items of Greece’s exports to India are cotton, scrap (mostly
aluminium, ferrous, copper and lead), marble and granite, aluminium
foils, calcium carbonate and greasywool. The main items of India’s
exports are petroleum products (jet fuel), automobile componenets and
automobiles(cars & SUVs), flat rolled steel items, sesame seeds,
electrical transformers, frozen prawns/shrimps and squid, cashew
nuts, coffee, soyabean oilcake and nucleic acids.
MoU in Air Services has been signed between India and Greece to
establish direct air links between the two countries. Jet Airways
has been designated as the Indian airline to fly to Greece.
three Indian companies have partnerships in Greece whereas ten Greek
companies operating in India. Greek enterprises have shown interest
in exporting olive oil, cheese, wine, fruit juice, construction and
aluminum products to India. Indian entrepreneurs under the aegis of
ITPO and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries have
regularly participated in annual Thessaloniki International Fair and
other trade fairs held in Greece.
The volume of bilateral trade
between the two countries for 2015-16 was US $ 445.23 million. Main
items of export from Greece to India are cotton, scrap (mostly
aluminum, ferrous, copper and lead), marble and granite and calcium
carbonate. Indian exports to Greece comprise petroleum products (jet
fuel), automobile components and automobiles (cars and SUVs), flat
rolled steel items, sesame seeds, electrical transformers, frozen
prawns/shrimps and squid, cashew nuts, coffee and soyabean.
last Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) signed between India and Greece
has lapsed and a new draft CEP is under finalization by both sides.
are unofficial Greek centers in Kolkata and Varanasi. Several
organizations like Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development
(ELINEPA), Shantom Indian Dance Center, Art of Living Hellas, Brahma
Kumari Center and many Yoga centers under the patronage of Hellenic
Yoga Society are active in propagation and promotion of Indian
culture in Greece.
groups sponsored by ICCR regularly participate in Greek dance and
music festivals and cultural events. Kathak Dance group led by Ms.
Swati Wangnoo Tiwari participated in the 3rd
Bollywood and Multicultural Dance Festival held in Athens on 3-5 July
2015 which was well received by the Greek audience.
also offers one scholarship every year to the Greek students to study
in India. A few students are studying in India under self-financing
are about 10,000 Indian nationals living in Greece. Most of them are
farm, factory or construction workers or small entrepreneurs. A few
Indian professionals work in multinational organizations in banking,
insurance and software sectors. Indians are a law-abiding community
and enjoy cordial relations and goodwill of the native Greek
There is no direct air link
between India and Greece. Athens can be reached via Dubai, Abu
Dhabi, Istanbul, Doha, Bahrain, Amman and several cities in Europe.
An Air Services Agreement is under negotiation.
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