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Greek Wikipedia

Greek language edition of Wikipedia
Favicon of Wikipedia Greek Wikipedia
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inGreek
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedDecember 2002
Current statusActive

The Greek Wikipedia (also Hellenic Wikipedia, Elliniki Vikipedia, Greek: Ελληνική Βικιπαίδεια) is the Greek-language edition of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. It was started on December 1, 2002. It surpassed the 10,000 article mark on May 16, 2006 and the 100,000 article mark on April 9, 2014. As of May 23, 2019, it is the 46th largest Wikipedia, behind Belarusian and ahead of Slovene.

Greek Wikipedia is the main free internet encyclopedia written in Greek. Its main competitor, Livepedia, started on 2004, had more than 100.000 articles. Many articles of Livepedia were republished articles from donations of various publishing houses and the site was also a wiki. Approximately 250 articles are coming at least partially from Livepedia, thanks to the Livepedia's use of GFDL until November 1, 2008. As of 2018, Greek Wikipedia's pageviews surpassed the 250 million annually. The daily pageviews of Greek Wikipedia vary within the year; peaking in the winter period (late November to mid March), while the months with the least pageviews are usually June, July and August. The active users are more than 1,000 today (as of May 15, 2019). The highest and lowest active users' numbers are recorded in the same period.

The community of Greek Wikipedia has organized some meetups as well. Since 2011, the Wikimedia User Group Greece has aided in the organization of various promotional activities, as well and some article contests.


Origin of edits (February 2017)
United States
United Kingdom

As of May 2020, the Greek Wikipedia:

As of May 2019, Greek Wikipedia is usually visited by 5,500,000 to 6,500,000 unique devices per month, while the unique devices per day are approximately 440,000.

The origin of pageviews is mainly from Greece. The remainder of the pageviews comes from Cyprus, Germany, United States, United Kingdom and other countries. As of May 2019, Greece is the source for the bulk of the pageviews, being the source for nearly 27,000,000 pageviews out of 32,500,000 on the same month.

As of May 2019, Greek Wikipedia receives approximately 30,000,000 pageviews per month, with a peak at winter months. Together with an increasing number of articles and improvements on quality, the pageviews have improved substantially in the last three years.

Since 2017, the annual article growth amounts to 15,000 articles annually, while the average monthly growth amounts to 1,020-1,300 articles per month.


Early years

Greek Wikipedia was created on 1 December 2002. At the first months of existence, the new articles were very small and a handful of users was contributing, some of them just adding interwikis to other Wikipedias. The first Wikiproject were launched in November 2005.

Article count

The Greek Wikipedia was created on 4 December 2002. On 16 May 2006 it reached 10,000 articles. On 10 October 2006 it reached 15,000 articles, while on 17 March 2007 it reached 20,000 articles. On this period there were 30 new articles being created every day, while there were 50 active users. In December of that year the Greek Wikipedia reached 30,000 articles, while on 14 February 2009 it reached 40,000 articles. Fourteen months later, on 10 April 2010, it reached 50,000 articles; eleven months later, on 8 March 2011 it reached 60,000 articles. In February 2012 it had 70,000 articles, while 252 days later it reached 80,000 articles.

In July 2013, it reached 90,000 articles, while 271 days later it reached 100,000 articles, while 195 days later it reached 110,000 articles. On 11 July 2016, after 629 days, it reached 120,000 articles, due to the general recount of late March 2015 which removed several thousand redirects from the mainspace. As a result, the article count fell to 105,500 articles, while before the recount the article count was 119,500 articles.

Number of articlesDateDays intervening
11 December 2002
10,00016 May 20061262
20,00017 March 2007305
30,00027 December 2007285
40,00014 February 2009415
50,00010 April 2010420
60,0008 March 2011332
70,00022 February 2012351
80,0001 November 2012254
90,00012 July 2013252
100,0009 April 2014271
110,00021 October 2014195
120,00011 July 2016629
130,00018 April 2017281
140,00023 November 2017219
150,0001 August 2018250
160,00017 March 2019227
170,0009 November 2019238

Users and editors

Greek Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accountsNumber of articlesNumber of filesNumber of administrators


In the press

In the press, Wikipedia has been referred as a good source of information; however, periodically it has been criticised for having a non-neutral point of view in politics-related articles. Also, Greek Wikipedia has received extensive coverage from the Greek-language press for some of its actions, such as the anniversary of 10 years since its opening. In addition to, full articles of Greek Wikipedia or parts of them are often included in news articles and other websites in Greek language.


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