Nikos Dendias

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Nikolaos Dendias
Νικόλαος Δένδιας
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
July 9, 2019
Prime MinisterKyriakos Mitsotakis
Preceded byGeorgios Katrougalos
Minister for Justice
In office
January 8, 2009 – October 7, 2009
Preceded bySotirios Hatzigakis
Succeeded byHaris Kastanidis
Minister for Public Order and Citizen Protection
In office
June 21, 2012 – June 10, 2014
Preceded byEleftherios Oikonomou
Succeeded byVassilis Kikilias
Minister for Development and Competitiveness
In office
June 10, 2014 – November 3, 2014
Preceded byKostis Chatzidakis
Succeeded byKonstantinos Skrekas
Minister for National Defence
In office
November 3, 2014 – January 27, 2015
Preceded byDimitris Avramopoulos
Succeeded byPanos Kammenos
Personal details
Born (1959-10-07) 7 October 1959 (age 59)
Corfu, Greece
Political partyNew Democracy
Alma materNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens
University College London
London School of Economics

Nikolaos (Nikos) Dendias (Greek: Νικόλαος Δένδιας; born 7 October 1959 in Corfu) is a Greek lawyer and politician of the conservative New Democracy party. He is a Member of the Hellenic Parliament for Corfu, and was Minister for National Defence from November 2014 to January 2015. As of 2019, he is the current Foreign Minister of Greece.


Nikos Dendias was born in Corfu in 1959, but his family hails from the island group of Paxoi.[1] He went to school in the Athens College, received a degree in law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Master of Laws in Maritime and Insurance Law from the University College London and in Criminology from the London School of Economics.[1]

A practising lawyer, he has been active in New Democracy since 1978, first as a member of ND's student wing, DAP-NDFK and later as a party functionary in the Youth Organisation of New Democracy.[1] He was elected as an MP for Corfu in the Greek parliament in the 2004, 2007, 2009 and June 2012 elections.[1]

On 8 January 2009, he was named as Minister for Justice in the second cabinet of Kostas Karamanlis, serving until the cabinet's resignation on 7 October 2009, following ND's defeat in the elections of 4 October.[1][2] In the coalition cabinet of Antonis Samaras, formed after the June 2012 elections, he has held the posts of Minister for Public Order and Citizen Protection (21 June 2012 – 10 June 2014), Minister for Development and Competitiveness (10 June – 3 November 2014), from 3 November 2014 to 27 January 2015, Minister for National Defence.[1][3] From 9 July 2019 he is the Foreign Minister of Greece in Kyriakos Mitsotakis's New Democracy-led government[4] which won the 2019 Greek legislative election.



  1. ^ a b c d e f Βιογραφικό (in Greek). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ Κυβέρνησις ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥ Α. ΚΑΡΑΜΑΝΛΗ - Από 19.9.2007 έως 7.10.2009 (in Greek). General Secretariat of the Greek Government. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Κυβέρνησις ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ Κ. ΣΑΜΑΡΑ - Από 21.06.2012 έως 26.01.2015 (in Greek). General Secretariat of the Greek Government. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Νέο υπουργικό συμβούλιο: Αυτός είναι ο νέος υπουργός Εξωτερικών Νίκος Δένδιας" (in Greek). CNN. Retrieved 8 July 2019.