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Greeks in Zimbabwe

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Greeks in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Greeks
اΈλληνες της Ζιμπάμπουε
Regions with significant populations
English, Greek
Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Zimbabweans ([2]


The Greek community in Zimbabwe numbered between 13,000 and 15,000 people in 1972 but following the deterioration of Zimbabwe's domestic and financial situation has been reduced to a fraction of its former size.[1] The country's highest-scoring flying ace of World War II, John Plagis, was the son of Greek immigrants from the island of Lemnos.[3]

Present situation

The local Greek community and Greece itself are active in the field of humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.[4] Apart from a few landowners and businesspeople the majority of Greeks in the country are occupied in trade and other activities that contribute considerably to the country's economy.[1] There are Greek communities in various cities in the country,[2] including Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Harare where the local community has been operating a Greek school since 1954.[1] The Holy Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa is under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.[2]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c d Hellenic Republic: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Zimbabwe: The Greek Community
  2. ^ a b c Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa Holy Archbishopric of Zimbabwe
  3. ^ Shores, Christopher F; Williams, Clive (1966). Aces High: the Fighter Aces of the British and Commonwealth Air Forces in World War II. London: Neville Spearman Publishing. p. 73.  
  4. ^ Greeks 'strongly behind' Zimbabwe
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