Greece pays about 28 euros to feed, house and guard each prison inmate per day, or 10,200 euros per year, according to a Justice Ministry study that was unveiled Thursday.
Greek jails currently house some 9,500 inmates, which puts the annual cost at 97 million euros.
Meanwhile, the daily cost of incarceration in Sweden is 317 euros, in Norway it is 283 euros, and in the Netherlands 273 euros. Cyprus spends 64 euros per inmate per day.
According to the study, Greece spends more than Turkey, Albania and Serbia.
“The study was made to estimate the cost of the prison system to the state budget, i.e. the cost of penalties and of the duration of punishment,” said Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos.