Hairdressers and TV presenters can retire with full benefits at 50 in Greece.
The Greek government has identified at least 580 job categories deemed to be hazardous enough to merit retiring early — at age 50 for women and 55 for men.
Greece has promised early retirement to about 700,000 employees, or 14 percent of its work force, giving it an average retirement age of 61, one of the lowest in Europe.
The law includes dangerous jobs like coal mining and bomb disposal. But it also covers radio and television presenters, who are thought to be at risk from the bacteria on their microphones, and musicians playing wind instruments, who must contend with gastric reflux as they puff and blow.
Generous promises and unfunded pension liabilities far outweigh the stated debt that governments owe creditors, which have already caught Greece and several other weak European nations in a borrowing vise.