Greece tops EU list for self-employment with 31.9% of Greeks working for themselves

Greece has by far the highest rate of self-employed people in its labor force, with almost one in three Greeks working for themselves, according to Eurostat figures published on Friday.

The European Union’s statistical agency said that 31.9 percent of Greeks are self-employed against an EU average of 15 percent.

A total of 32.8 million people were self-employed in the EU last year, Eurostat said.

Greece is followed by Italy, where 23.4 percent of workers are self-employed. Portugal has a rate of 21.1 percent.

The smallest proportion of self-employed are found in Estonia, Luxembourg and Denmark, where less than 9 percent of people work for themselves.

Eurostat said that Greece, Portugal, Poland and Romania, the high rate of self-employment is affected by people working for themselves in the agriculture sector.