Consulate of Greece

Consulate of Greece

Salisbury (Harare)

 

Currently there are about 2,500 people of Greek origin, almost half of them from the island of Cyprus. Zimbabwe currently hosts eleven Greek Orthodox churches and fifteen Greek associations and humanitarian organizations. The origins of Greeks with Zimbabwe can be traced back to the Ndebele and Matabele wars and were considered the pioneers of Rhodesian tobacco.

During the period of Unilateral Declaration of Independence, Greece’s embassy remained opened while others were closed and their representative stayed in Salisbury (Harare).

 

 

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. The country’s highest-scoring flying ace of World War II, John Plagis, was the son of Greek immigrants from the island of Lemnos.

The local Greek community and Greece itself are active in the field of humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe. Apart from a few landowners and business people, the majority of Greeks in the country are occupied in trade and other activities that contribute considerably to the country’s economy. There are Greek communities in various cities in the country including Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Harare where the local community has been operating a Greek school since 1954.

The Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria.

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  • James Gavin