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Greece

Entered market 1978

Following the board meeting of Barclays Bank International in 1976, in which it was decided to apply for a banking licence for Greece as part of a wider strategy to have a banking presence within every EEC country. The first branch was opened in Athens in 1978, authorised by the Currency Committee of Greece. This first branch, located in Voukourestiou, was primarily focused on corporate clients, although a full banking service was offered. Another branch was opened in 1982 in Piraeus, Athens' port. The branch network expanded with the opening of branches in Rhodes (1987), Corfu (1988), and Thessalonika (1990). Two exclusively retail branches were opened in 1990 in Athens, located at Nea Smyrni and Maroussi. The branch at Piraeus was later sold to Midland Bank in 1997, with all remaining branches sold to HSBC. Currently, Barclays offers Barclaycard (introduced in 1999) as well as investment banking services within the country. All information is correct as of August 2015.

Greece