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Credit cards in Greece
As of 2017, Greece has a population of 10.7 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €177.7 billions. This translates into €16.6 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.2% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2017, there are 15,763,100 payment cards issued in Greece(1.47 cards per capita), an increase of 1,107,900 or 7.56% compares to 14,655,200 in 2016. There are 3,294,300 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2017, an increase of 288,500 or 9.60% compares to 3,005,800 in 2016. Debit cards increase by 819,500 or 7.03% to 12,468,900 in 2017, compares to 11,649,400 in 2016.

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Total Card Payments in Volume and Value

For 2017, there are 505.1 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(47.21 transactions per capita), an increase of 203.6 millions or 67.53% compares to 301.5 millions in 2016. Out of these transactions, 95.9 millions or 18.99% is paid by credit cards, an increase of 17.5 millions or 22.32% compares to 78.4 millions in 2016; in accordance to the 9.60% increased in the number of credit cards issued in 2017. The rest of card payment transactions(409.2 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 186.0 millions or 83.33% compares to 223.2 millions in 2016; an excellent growth considering the 7.03% increase in number of debit cards issued in 2017. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.7% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is an increase of €6.1 billions or 39.61% to €21.5 billions(€2.01 thousands per capita) in 2017, compares to €15.4 in 2016. This translates into €42.6 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €€51.1 in 2016. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the seventh highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, behind Luxembourg(€66.7), Malta with €66.0, Cyprus(€65.9), Italy(€64.3), Germany(€62.4) and UK with €51.4 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €5.5 billions or 25.58% is paid by credit cards, an increase of €0.6 billions or 12.24% compares to €4.9 billions in 2016. This is influence by the higher transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €16.0 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €5.5 billions or 52.38% compares to €10.5 billions in 2016, which is inline with the 83.33% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.7% to the EU total transactions value.

Credit cards in Greece 2015-2016

As of 2016, Greece has a population of 10.8 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €174.2 billions. This translates into €16.2 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.2% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2016, there are 14,655,200 payment cards issued in Greece(1.36 cards per capita), an increase of 1,087,600 or 8.02% compares to 13,567,600 in 2015. There are 3,005,800 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2016, an increase of 322,000 or 12.00% compares to 2,683,800 in 2015. Debit cards increase by 765,600 or 7.03% to 11,649,400 in 2016, compares to 10,883,800 in 2015.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2016, there are 301.5 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(27.92 transactions per capita), an increase of 157.1 millions or 108.80% compares to 144.4 millions in 2015. Out of these transactions, 78.4 millions or 26.00% is paid by credit cards, an increase of 17.7 millions or 29.16% compares to 60.7 millions in 2015; in accordance to the 12.00% increased in the number of credit cards issued in 2016. The rest of card payment transactions(223.2 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 139.5 millions or 166.67% compares to 83.7 millions in 2015; an excellent growth considering the 7.03% increase in number of debit cards issued in 2016. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.5% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is an increase of €6.5 billions or 73.03% to €15.4 billions(€1.43 thousands per capita) in 2016, compares to €8.9 in 2015. This translates into €51.1 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €61.5 in 2015. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the seventh highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, behind Cyprus(€68.6), Luxembourg(€68.3), Italy(€68.0), Germany(€63.6) Malta with €62.5 and UK with €57.5 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €4.9 billions or 31.82% is paid by credit cards, an increase of €0.7 billions or 16.67% compares to €4.2 billions in 2015. This is influence by the higher transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €10.5 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €5.8 billions or 123.40% compares to €4.7 billions in 2015, which is inline with the 166.67% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.5% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2014-2015

As of 2015, Greece has a population of 10.86 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €176.02 billions. This translates into €16.21 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.20% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2015, there are 13,567,570 payment cards issued in Greece(1.25 cards per capita), an increase of 1,050,820 or 8.40% compares to 12,516,750 in 2014. There are 2,683,760 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2015, a decrease of 74,100 or 2.69% compares to 2,757,860 in 2014. Debit cards increase by 1,124,910 or 11.53% to 10,883,810 in 2015, compares to 9,758,900 in 2014.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2015, there are 144.40 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(13.30 transactions per capita), an increase of 56.35 millions or 64.00% compares to 88.05 millions in 2014. Out of these transactions, 60.72 millions or 42.05% is paid by credit cards, an increase of 7.97 millions or 15.11% compares to 52.75 millions in 2014; an unexpected growth considering the 2.69% decreased in the number of credit cards issued in 2015. The rest of card payment transactions(83.68 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 48.39 millions or 137.12% compares to 35.29 millions in 2014; an excellent growth considering the 11.53% increase in number of debit cards issued in 2015. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.27% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is an increase of €2.82 billions or 46.53% to €8.88 billions(€0.82 thousands per capita) in 2015, compares to €6.06 in 2014. This translates into €61.5 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €68.8 in 2014. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the seventh highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, behind Cyprus(€72.7), Luxembourg(€70.7), Italy(€69.3), Germany(€66.6), Malta(€64.6) and UK with €62.0 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €4.21 billions or 47.41% is paid by credit cards, an increase of €0.18 billions or 4.47% compares to €4.03 billions in 2014. This is influence by the higher transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €4.67 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €2.64 billions or 130.05% compares to €2.03 billions in 2014, which is inline with the 137.12% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.34% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2013-2014

As of 2014, Greece has a population of 10.89 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €177.56 billions. This translates into €16.30 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.27% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2014, there are 12,516,750 payment cards issued in Greece(1.15 cards per capita), a decrease of 1,342,520 or 9.69% compares to 13,859,270 in 2013. There are 2,757,860 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2014, a decrease of 168,630 or 5.76% compares to 2,926,490 in 2013. Debit cards decrease by 1,173,880 or 10.74% to 9,758,900 in 2014, compares to 10,932,780 in 2013.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2014, there are 88.05 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(8.09 transactions per capita), an increase of 10.36 millions or 13.34% compares to 77.69 millions in 2013. Majority of these transactions, 52.75 millions or 59.91% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 0.05 millions or 0.09% compares to 52.80 millions in 2013; a good results considering the 5.76% decreased in the number of credit cards issued in 2014. The rest of card payment transactions(35.29 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 10.39 millions or 41.73% compares to 24.90 millions in 2013; an excellent growth considering the 10.74% decrease in number of debit cards issued in 2014. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.19% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is an increase of €0.30 billions or 5.21% to €6.06 billions(€0.56 thousands per capita) in 2014, compares to €5.76 in 2013. This translates into €68.8 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €74.1 in 2013. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the fifth highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, behind Germany(€77.1), Luxembourg(€72.1), Cyprus(€71.5) and Italy with €70.0 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €4.03 billions or 66.50% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €0.15 billions or 3.59% compares to €4.18 billions in 2013. This is influence by the lower transactions volume and decrease in number of credit cards. The rest of card payments, €2.03 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €0.45 billions or 28.48% compares to €1.58 billions in 2013, which is inline with the 42.37% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.26% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2012-2013

As of 2013, Greece has a population of 11.03 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €182.44 billions. This translates into €16.54 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.35% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2013, there are 13,859,270 payment cards issued in Greece(1.26 cards per capita), a decrease of 469,240 or 3.39% compares to 13,367,310 in 2012. There are 2,926,490 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2013, a decrease of 415,950 or 12.44% compares to 3,342,440 in 2012. Debit cards increase by 907,910 or 9.06% to 10,932,780 in 2013, compares to 10,024,870 in 2012.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2013, there are 77.69 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(7.04 transactions per capita), an increase of 3.70 millions or 5.00% compares to 73.99 millions in 2012. Majority of these transactions, 52.80 millions or 67.96% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 2.04 millions or 3.72% compares to 54.84 millions in 2012; an expected setback considering the 12.44% decreased in the number of credit cards issued in 2013. The rest of card payment transactions(24.90 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 5.75 millions or 30.03% compares to 19.15 millions in 2012; which is inline with the growth in number of debit cards issued in 2013. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.18% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is a decrease of €0.17 billions or 2.87% to €5.76 billions(€0.52 thousands per capita) in 2013, compares to €5.93 in 2012. This translates into €74.1 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €80.1 in 2012. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the third highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, followed by Cyprus(€77.8), Luxembourg(€74.5) and Italy with €71.5 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €4.18 billions or 72.57% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €0.40 billions or 8.73% compares to €4.58 billions in 2012. This is influence by decrease in the number of credit cards issued and lower transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €1.58 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €0.23 billions or 17.04% compares to €1.35 billions in 2012, which is inline with the 30.03% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.27% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2011-2012

As of 2012, Greece has a population of 11.09 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €194.20 billions. This translates into €17.51 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.45% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2012, there are 13,367,310 payment cards issued in Greece(1.21 cards per capita), a decrease of 469,240 or 3.39% compares to 13,836,550 in 2011. There are 3,342,440 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2012, a significant decrease of 787,870 or 19.08% compares to 4,130,310 in 2011. Debit cards increase by 318,630 or 3.28% to 10,024,870 in 2012, compares to 9,706,240 in 2011.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2012, there are 73.99 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(6.67 transactions per capita), a decrease of 0.98 millions or 1.31% compares to 74.97 millions in 2011. Majority of these transactions, 54.84 millions or 74.12% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 5.68 millions or 9.39% compares to 60.52 millions in 2011; an expected setback considering the decrease of 19.08% in the number of credit cards issued in 2012. The rest of card payment transactions(19.15 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 4.73 millions or 32.71% compares to 14.46 millions in 2011; which is inline with the growth in number of debit cards issued in 2012. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.19% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is a decrease of €0.42 billions or 6.61% to €5.93 billions(€0.53 thousands per capita) in 2012, compares to €6.35 in 2011. This translates into €80.1 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €84.7 in 2011. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the second highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, followed by Cyprus(€84.6), Luxembourg(€77.2) and Italy with €76.5 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €4.58 billions or 77.23% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €0.59 billions or 11.41% compares to €5.17 billions in 2011. This is influence by decrease in the number of credit cards issued and lower transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €1.35 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an small increase of €0.18 billions or 15.38% compares to €1.17 billions in 2011, which is inline with the 32.71% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.29% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2010-2011

As of 2011, Greece has a population of 11.12 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €207.75 billions. This translates into €18.68 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.58% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2011, there are 13,836,550 payment cards issued in Greece(1.24 cards per capita), a decrease of 379,840 or 2.67% compares to 14,216,390 in 2010. There are 4,130,310 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2011, a significant decrease of 997,040 or 19.45% compares to 5,127,350 in 2010. Debit cards increase by 617,190 or 6.79% to 9,706,240 in 2011, compares to 9,089,050 in 2010.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2011, there are 74.97 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(6.74 transactions per capita), a decrease of 4.02 millions or 5.09% compares to 78.99 millions in 2010. Majority of these transactions, 60.52 millions or 80.73% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 5.83 millions or 8.79% compares to 66.35 millions in 2010; an expected setback considering the decrease of 19.45% in the number of credit cards issued in 2011. The rest of card payment transactions(14.46 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 1.82 millions or 14.40% compares to 12.64 millions in 2010; which is inline with the growth in number of debit cards issued in 2011. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.20% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is a decrease of €0.89 billions or 12.29% to €6.35 billions(€0.57 thousands per capita) in 2011, compares to €7.24 in 2010. This translates into €84.7 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €91.6 in 2010. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe with Cyprus(€84.7), followed by Luxembourg(€79.4) and Italy with €78.2 average value per card payment transaction. Out of these transactions, €5.17 billions or 81.42% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €0.71 billions or 12.07% compares to €5.88 billions in 2010. This is influence by decrease in the number of credit cards issued and lower transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €1.17 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an small increase of €0.19 billions or 13.97% compares to €1.36 billions in 2010, which is inline with the 14.40% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.33% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2009-2010

As of 2010, Greece has a population of 11.15 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €226.21 billions. This translates into €20.28 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.77% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2010, there are 14,216,390 payment cards issued in Greece(1.28 cards per capita), a decrease of 1,048,360 or 6.87% compares to 15,264,750 in 2009. There are 5,127,350 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2010, a significant decrease of 1,018,400 or 16.57% compares to 6,145,750 in 2009. Debit cards decrease marginally by 29,940 or 0.33% to 9,089,050 in 2010, compares to 9,118,990 in 2009.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2010, there are 78.99 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(7.08 transactions per capita), a decrease of 5.48 millions or 6.49% compares to 84.47 millions in 2009. Majority of these transactions, 66.35 millions or 84% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 6.92 millions or 9.44% compares to 73.27 millions in 2009; an expected setback considering the decrease of 16.57% in the number of credit cards issued in 2010. The rest of card payment transactions(12.64 millions) are paid by debit cards, an increase of 1.44 millions or 12.86% compares to 11.2 millions in 2009; even though the growth in number of debit cards issued in 2010 stagnant. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.23% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is a significant decrease of €1.27 billions or 14.92% to €7.24 billions(€0.65 thousands per capita) in 2010, compares to €8.51 in 2009. This translates into €91.6 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €100.8 in 2009. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, followed by Cyprus(€83.7) and Italy with €79.9 Out of these transactions, €5.88 billions or 81.22% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €1.24 billions or 17.42% compares to €7.12 billions in 2009. This is influence by decrease in the number of credit cards issued and lower transactions volume. The rest of card payments, €1.36 billions in value is paid by debit cards, a decrease of €0.03 billions or 2.16% compares to €1.39 billions in 2009, even though there is 12.86% increase in debit cards transactions volume. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.41% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2008-2009

As of 2009, Greece has a population of 11.28 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €235.02 billions. This translates into €20.83 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 2.00% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2009, there are 15,264,750 payment cards issued in Greece(1.35 cards per capita), an increase of 190,240 or 1.26% compares to 15,074,510 in 2008. There are 6,145,750 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2009, a significant decrease of 768,380 or 11.11% compares to 6,914,130 in 2008. Debit cards increase by 958,610 or 11.75% to 9,118,990 in 2009, compares to 8,160,380 in 2008.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2009, there are 84.47 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(7.49 transactions per capita), a marginal decrease of 0.87 millions or 1.02% compares to 85.34 millions in 2008. Majority of these transactions, 73.27 millions or 86.74% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of 1.99 millions or 2.64% compares to 75.26 millions in 2008; a small setback considering the decrease of 11.11% in the number of credit cards issued in 2009. The rest of card payment transactions(11.2 millions) are paid by debit cards, a significant increase of 1.12 millions or 11.11% compares to 10.08 millions in 2008; which is inline with increase in the number of debit cards in 2009. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.27% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is a decrease of €0.58 billions or 6.38% to €8.51 billions(€0.75 thousands per capita) in 2009, compares to €9.09 in 2008. This translates into €100.8 per card payment transaction, a decrease compares to €106.5 in 2008. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, followed by Cyprus(€87.4) and Italy with €80.4 Out of these transactions, €7.12 billions or 83.67% is paid by credit cards, a decrease of €0.61 billions or 7.89% compares to €7.73 billions in 2008. This is influence by increase on the number of credit cards issued. The rest of card payments, €1.39 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €0.03 billions or 2.16% compares to €1.36 billions in 2008. This is in accordance with the increase in debit cards number of transactions. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.52% to the EU total transactions value.


Credit cards in Greece 2007-2008

As of 2008, Greece has a population of 11.24 millions with a GDP(gross domestic product) of €236.92 billions. This translates into €21.08 thousands of GDP per capita. Greece contributes 1.90% of the EU total GDP.

As at 31st December 2008, there are 15,074,510 payment cards issued in Greece(1.33 cards per capita), an increase of 655,390 or 4.55% compares to 14,419,120 in 2007. There are 6,914,130 credit cards in Greece as at 31st December 2008, an increase of 206,820 or 3.08% compares to 6,707,310 in 2007. Debit cards increase by 448,570 or 5.82% to 8,160,380 in 2008, compares to 7,711,810 in 2007.

Total Card Payments in Volume and Value
For 2008, there are 85.34 millions of card payment transactions in Greece(7.59 transactions per capita), an increase of 7.8 millions or 10.06% compares to 77.54 millions in 2007. Majority of these transactions, 75.26 millions or 88.19% is paid by credit cards, an increase of 5.98 millions or 8.63% compares to 69.28 millions in 2007; which is inline with increase in number of credit cards issued in 2008. The rest of card payment transactions(10.08 millions) are paid by debit cards, a significant increase of 1.82 millions or 22.03% compares to 8.26 millions in 2007. Greece total card payment transactions volume contributes a low 0.29% to the EU total number of transactions.

Greece has a low total card payments in value in Europe, there is an increase of €0.54 billions or 6.32% to €9.09 billions(€0.81 thousands per capita) in 2008, compares to €8.55 in 2007. This translates into €106.5 per card payment transaction, a slight decrease compares to €110.3 in 2007. This figure also meant payment cards are used only for large amount purchases in Greece. Greece has the highest average value per card payment transaction in Europe, followed by Cyprus(€92.8) and Italy with €83.6 Out of these transactions, €7.73 billions or 85.04% is paid by credit cards, an increase of €0.38 billions or 5.17% compares to €7.35 billions in 2007. This is influence by increase on the number of credit cards issued. The rest of card payments, €1.36 billions in value is paid by debit cards, an increase of €0.16 billions or 13.33% compares to €1.2 billions in 2007. This is in accordance with the increase in debit cards number of transactions. Greece total card payment value contributes a mere 0.55% to the EU total transactions value.



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