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    capital city

    Capital

    Athens

    currency

    Currency

    Euro (EUR)

    date format

    Date format

    dd/mm/yyyy

    region

    Region

    EMEA

    entitlement

    Minimum holiday entitlement

    20

    paid public holidays

    Paid public holidays per year

    12

    Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

    Working patterns

    In Greece, full-time employment is 8 hours a day, or 40 hours a week. Greek employment law differentiates between “extra time” (limited to 1 hour a day at 120% of the employee’s regular salary) and overtime (limited to 2 hours a day, 120 hours a year, and paid at 140% of the employee’s regular salary).

    Annual leave

    Full-time employees get 20 days of annual leave a year. This extends to 21 days after 1 year of employment and 22 days after 2 years of employment. Long-serving employees can boost their entitlement to up to 26 days a year.

    Sick leave

    Employers are obliged to pay sick leave. In an employee’s first year in employment, they must pay sick leave for up to 13 days. From the employee’s second year onward, this extends to 25 days.

    Maternity and paternity leave

    Mothers get 119 calendar days of maternity leave, of which they’re to take 56 days before birth and 63 days after birth. Fathers get 2 days of paid leave following birth.

    Marriage leave

    Employees in Greece are entitled to 5 days’ marriage leave.

    Bereavement leave

    Employees in Greece are entitled to 2 days’ bereavement leave.

    Election leave

    Employees in Greece are entitled to 3 working days’ leave for voting in elections.