Only 13% of Greeks Trust their Government, Says OECD Report

Friday, July 14th, 2017
Last Update: 13:04

An OECD report finds that Greece is one of the four countries worldwide that the citizens’ confidence in governments has plummeted.

The other three are Chile, Finland and Slovenia.

According to the report that assesses and compares citizens’ attitude toward national institutions worldwide, only 13% of Greeks trust their government.

Overall, in OECD member states, citizens’ confidence in their governments declined from 45% in 2007 to 42% in 2016.

According to the same report, Greeks have extremely low confidence in the public health service, as only 31% trust it compared with an average of 70% among other OECD member states.

Greeks trust in the judicial system stands at 42%, in the police at 69%, and in the public education system at 44%.

The OECD report says that government employment has decreased substantially since the crisis erupted in Greece in 2007.

Although employment reduction started slowly, as between 2007 and 2009 government employment fell by close to 1%,annually between 2011 and 2012 government employment fell by 7%.

In contrast, government employment grew by 0.6% between 2007 and 2009 annually on average across all OECD countries, and decreased by 0.4% on average between 2011 and 2012 when the sovereign debt crisis occurred.

From 2014 to 2015 there has been no change in government employment in Greece while on average in the OECD government employment increased by 0.5%.

The OECD Report

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