In recent years, Google has made significant strides in supporting and promoting Greece’s culture, tourism, and technological development. During the pandemic, Google supported the Greece From Home initiative, which allowed people from all over the world to explore Greek culture and beauty from the comfort of their homes. The “Be Internet Awesome” program was also launched in Greece to educate people about internet safety, with 15,000 teachers and 230,000 students being trained so far. In 2021, Google piloted the Android Earthquake Alerts in Greece, aiming to provide crucial information in the event of a natural disaster.
The announcement that Google Cloud region is coming to Greece in 2022 was a landmark moment, with the region expected to contribute to a cumulative USD 2.2 billion to Greek GDP, and support the creation of more than 19,400 jobs by 2030. Additionally, the “Athens: The city is the museum” initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Municipality of Athens, aimed to promote Athens as a tourist destination, offering curated audio walks using Google Maps with sound.
In 2022, Google also announced a joint educational program with the Greek Ministry of Tourism to accelerate the sustainable development of small and medium-sized tourism enterprises. The Flood Hub platform was extended to include some of Greece’s areas with the highest percentages of population exposed to flood risk, providing timely data and forecasts for riverine floods. In July 2023, Google’s collaborative AI tool Bard was launched with support for the Greek language, enabling local users to collaborate and create in their native language.
Furthermore, Google Maps introduced an immersive view feature, allowing users to explore Greek landmarks such as the Parthenon, Erechtheion, the Theatre of Dionysus, Hadrian’s Gate, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Overall, Google’s initiatives in Greece have focused on promoting tourism, supporting sustainable development, providing critical technological tools, and bringing the beauty and culture of Greece to people all over the world.