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What Makes A Greek? Recent research says, Not an accident...

Posted by moodhacker on February 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Greeks are  the people that consider their religious faith, Orthodox Christianity, an integral part of their national identity more than  anyone else , the recent Pew research showed. Despite that, we should notice, Greeks voted an officially declared atheist for Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, two years ago, even though the fact that even the leftists in Greece share the view that being Christian is truly important for Greek identitly, more than anywhere else. Faithful to his atheism, Alexcis Tsipras has never done his cross, but gets the chance to appear in Church some times, especially in National Days, to withold the drop of his populism , the critics say, but seems out, it's not so easy to fool on faith the Greeks


To the question  “Being a Christian i s very important for being truly a (country/nationality)”, of the Pew Research 


  • 54% Greeks responded that ( Orthodox Christian) religion  is tied to their Greek nationality, with 
  • the Poles coming a distant second with 34%.
  • Americans (32%),
  • Italians (30%)
  • and Hungarians (29%)


made up the top 5 countries. Across the 13 countries where the question was asked, a median of just 15% say it is very important to be Christian in order to be a true national

Only in Greece do more than half (54%) hold this view, while in Sweden fewer than one-in-ten (7%) make a strong connection between nationality and Christianity.


.Views of the importance of religion to nationality often divide along generational lines. People ages 50 and older are significantly more likely than those ages 18 to 34 to say that being Christian is very important to national identity.

This generation gap is largest in Greece: 65% of older Greeks say it is very important but only 39% of younger Greeks agree.

In American identity/ generations are also  divided on religion , with those 50 and older placing far greater importance on being a Christian (44% say it is very important) than Americans under 35 (18%) The differential is 18 percentage points in the UK, 16 points in Germany and 15 points in Hungary.

People on the right of the ideological spectrum are more likely to view religion as very important to nationality. This right-left divide is particularly prominent in Greece (26 points) and Poland (21 points). The ideological left is quite secular in Germany (just 5% say religion is very important to nationality) and Spain (6%).

By comparison, a greater share of people on the left in Greece (40%), Hungary (26%), Italy (24%) and Poland (21%) say being Christian is very important to be truly Greek, Hungarian, Italian or Polish.



Throughout the survey among the 14 countries, Language seems to be the cornerstone of national identity

Of the national identity attributes included in the Pew Research Center survey, language far and away is seen as the most critical to national identity. Majorities in each of the 14 countries polled say it is very important to speak the native language to be considered a true member of the nation.

Greeks believe that speaking Greek is important  to be Greek by 76%

But Greeks do 

No European country accords legal citizenship based simply on the fact that a person was born on the territory of a state.


The European countries where the public makes the strongest link between national identity and place of birth are Hungary (52% say place of birth is very important), Greece (50%), Poland (42%) and Italy (42%).

In contrast to the strongly nativist rhetoric prevalent in many of the political debates over immigration, publics do not always make a strong link between national identity and a person’s birthplace. A median of 32% across the 14 countries surveyed say it is very important to have been born in my country to be considered truly one of us.

The cultural roots of nationality

For Hungarians (68%) and Greeks (66%), customs and traditions are very important to being considered a true Hungarian or Greek. Australians and Italians (both 50%) see them as of middling importance. But they are relatively unimportant for Germans (29%) and Swedes (26%).

National customs and traditions – the holidays people celebrate, the foods they eat, the clothes they wear and the folk tales they tell their children – have long been associated with national identity.

 Among Americans, the prevailing view is that culture plays a role in defining national identity. More than four-in-ten (45%) believe that for a person to be considered truly America



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