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Preparing Yourself For Culture Shock: Five Cultural Customs You May Not Know About In Greece

Thursday May 14, 2015 (14:43:31)

Expats moving from one European country to another often expect that they won’t have to deal with culture shock, especially if they feel they have a good idea of the country, its history, and its current events. Greece looms rather large in our cultural imagination, at least in most Western countries, and is therefore often approached in this way. However, the way the country works is sufficiently different to require a fair amount of adjustment and in the meanwhile give you a pretty strong case of culture shock. Here are a few Greek customs and traditions that will probably take some getting used to.   more ...

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Ten Top Insider Tips About Greece

Friday March 27, 2015 (01:06:35)

Greece’s pleasant weather and comfortable lifestyle are just a few of the reasons why many expats are drawn to its shores. There is a lot to discover in this land of great culture and heritage and to make it simpler for you, here are ten insider tips that will help you make the most out of your stay in this fascinating country.

Best historical places
Crete is a paradise for history and mythology lovers. According to mythology, Zeus, the towering figure in Greek mythology and the ‘Father of Gods and men’ was hidden in a cave in Crete by his mother and raised there by nymphs. In Minoan times, Crete was the headquarters from which the rest of the island was controlled. The remnants of the Minoans' power bases can be seen at Phaistos and Gournia.   more ...

Greece > Property


A Short Expat Guide To Buying A House In Greece

Friday March 13, 2015 (03:08:59)

Greece, with its place in antiquity as the beacon of enlightenment, culture and civilization, holds a lot of appeal for expats and tourists from around the world. Whether you are drawn to Greece because of its rich history, art and culture or the beautiful beaches and pleasant weather, you will need to do some serious thinking before you actually make that move. On the surface, Greece may seem like the perfect place to relocate to, because it would appear that you can get a lot more property for your money, but appearances can be deceptive. While you might be able to get property in prime locations, possibly with a sea view, for the same price you’d pay for a 2-bedroom apartment in most big cities in the US or UK, there are other factors to consider.   more ...

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5 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To Greece

Friday February 06, 2015 (05:30:12)

Greece is one of those locations that most people would readily move to. The archaeological wonders, culture and abundant natural beauty are just some of the attractions of the country that proudly bears the weighty title of the ‘cradle of western civilization’. Greece or the Hellenic Republic, as it is officially known, offers residents a peaceful lifestyle, excellent weather and interesting job opportunities. All those moving here must browse through the following useful web resources.

Hellenic Republic - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The official website of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a section on visas that will be helpful for expats. Apart from providing detailed information about visas that Greeks travelling overseas would require, it also features information on the visa requirements for foreigners who wish to visit Greece.   more ...

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A Short Expat Guide To Food And Drink In Greece

Wednesday September 24, 2014 (01:03:12)

Greek food and wine is popular the world over. The Greek cuisine is mainly Mediterranean and uses a generous amount of olive oil. Within Greece, there are regions that have their local specialties. There are also many recipes that are prepared the same way across the country. Here is a short guide to food and drink in Greece.


Appetizers or mezedes are served before or as accompaniments to the main dishes. Different varieties of mezedes may also be served throughout an evening along with drinks.   more ...

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Shopping For The First Time In Greece? Here’s What You Need To Know

Tuesday August 05, 2014 (00:58:58)

When you move to Greece, you will soon realize that the country has a lot to offer in terms of good quality products. Expats shopping in Greece for the first time are usually impressed by the variety of locally-made and imported products.

Unlike in the US and the UK, people don’t have the tendency to go to a mall or a supermarket for shopping; neighborhood markets, stores and boutiques are a lot more popular in Greece. You will find hundreds of stores selling clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, toiletries, souvenirs, accessories, shoes and household items at most shopping districts.   more ...

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Could These Be The New Expat Property Hotspots In Greece?

Wednesday March 26, 2014 (15:11:00)

Greece’s economic situation has led to a significant drop in the price of real estate. This is good news for expats who can now buy or rent property at affordable rates. There are variations in property prices from one island to another with factors like weather and accessibility also playing a role. The location and nature of the land also determines how much one pays as property transfer tax. In 2013, the Greek parliament approved a new law that may ease the tax burden for owners of second homes.

Those looking for a piece of Greece to call their own may want to consider the following property hotspots.

Crete   more ...

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Life As An Expat In Greece

Saturday June 08, 2013 (02:07:40)

by Omaira Gill

Greece had never featured particularly high on my radar of places I wanted to visit. I found myself there in August 2004 after successfully applying to volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. But Greece is the home of interfering gods and the Fates, and they had other plans for me. What was to be a one-off two week trip ended up turning into a much longer relationship.

On my first day as a volunteer, I met my husband who was coordinating the centre where I was based. I returned to the UK and we stayed in touch. Our conversations became longer and more frequent, and the rest is history.

We managed a long-distance relationship for several years until it came to the crunch – who was going to move?   more ...

Greece > Financial


Evaluating the Current Financial Situation in Greece

Saturday May 18, 2013 (16:59:49)

It is truly tragic that, in a few short years, Greece has shifted in the public imagination from being the birthplace of democracy and timeless philosophical inquiry to being called a "broke" nation, and being cited as a prime example of the socio-political fractures in the Eurozone. Since the 2010 rise of Greece's national debt to nearly twice the Eurozone average, and the subsequent degradation of Greece's government debt to 'junk bond' status in 2010, things have not been particularly rosy for the country's finances, prompting serious skepticism among foreign investors and potential professional migrants to the area.

In the wake of this crisis, talk about Greece's abandoning the Eurozone eventually became so common that the witty portmanteau "Grexit" [pairing "Greece" and "exit"] was even coined as a shorthand description for this situation (and the mere popularization of the idea prompted many to withdraw their Euro currency from Greek banks). The status of Greece as a continental pariah - just read any of the German Bild Zeitung tabloid's recent editorials for lurid proof of this - has also not helped since other regions seen as being under Greek influence, specifically Cyprus, are seen as repeating many of the same mistakes. As of late 2012, in the wake of the second EU financial 'rescue package', Greece's GDP growth was at negative 1.8%, while the budget balance was at minus 5.4% of the GDP.   more ...

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