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Greece - An ancient culture, picture postcard islands and dazzling sunshine typify Greece. Sites steeped in history and mythology cast an enchanting spell and the locals make visitors feel at home. Go island hopping or enjoy a change of pace in Athens.

Greece - An Expatriate Guide

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Rental prices vary enormously. If you rent in a "tourist" area, such as Athens, you could be asked for 700 Euros per week. In other parts of Greece it could be a lot cheaper but you'll probably have to go there and ask. Most renting is done via a friend of a friend of the family. The ability to speak Greek for negotiating would be an advantage. If you go through an English-speaking office, the price could double. ...

Cars - I have spoken to the Greek Embassy in the UK and from what I can gather if you get a Transfer of Residence permit (this is the important part) BEFORE you leave UK, you become exempt from Registration Tax (which is currently 20% of the value of your car when it was brand new!) You will still have to pay for the car inspection and Greek plates and it costs approx 700 euros, however, I have been told from those who managed to do it that it is a lengthy process and very difficult if you don't speak Greek...

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