Greeks in Denmark

Greeks in Denmark
Total population
1,180 (Oct. 2009)[1]
Related ethnic groups
Greek diaspora

There is a small community of Greeks in Denmark. As of October 2009, Statistics Denmark recorded 1,180 people of Greek origin living in Denmark, with 954 in Zealand, 177 in Jutland, 48 in Funen, and 1 in Bornholm.[1]


Unskilled migrants began coming from Evros and Kastoria to Denmark in the 1960s; they worked primarily in the fur trade. Most of those initial migrants have returned to Greece as this sector became economically depressed. Political refugees fleeing the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 were numerically minor, but evoked a great deal of sympathy from the politically liberal Danish population.[2] The number of Greek international students choosing Denmark as their destination showed an uptick after 1981, when Greece became a member of the European Economic Community.[3]

Gender issues

Many migrants consist of Greek men in international marriages with Danish women. The number of Greek women married to Danish men is smaller. Either way, such relationships have an unusually high rate of divorce. Spouses typically return to Greece if they separate from their Danish partner.[2]

See also



  1. ^ a b Statistikbanken, Danmarks Statistik, archived from the original on 2010-03-25, retrieved 2010-01-04 
  2. ^ a b Christou 2008, p. 196
  3. ^ Christou 2008, p. 196. She actually refers to the "European Union", which is chronologically incorrect.


  • Christou, Anastasia (2008), "Spaces of Europe - places of homeland: Greek-Danish diaspora life in narratives of home and return", in Cassarino, J. P., Conditions of Modern Return Migrants, International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 10 (2), pp. 195–208, retrieved 2009-05-07 

Further reading

  • Christou, Anastasia (2008), "Narrating Diasporic Imaginations: Life Stories of Second Generation Greek-American and Greek-Danish 'Return Migrants'", in Nowicka, E.; Firouzbakhch, H., Homecoming: An Anthropology of Return Migrations, Krakow, Poland: Nomos, pp. 45–58, ISBN 978-83-60490-59-4 
  • Christou, Anastasia (2009), "No Place is (like) Home: Mobilities, Memories and Metamorphoses of Greek Migrants in Denmark", in Tziovas, D., Diaspora and Exile: Changes in Greek Society, Politics and Culture since 1700, Ashgate Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7546-6609-7 

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