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Day to Day Living in Greece


Day to Day Living in Greece

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Day-to-day Living in Greece


Greece has the second worst road safety in Europe as driving is often fast and aggressive and cities are congested, especially Athens. The land is very mountainous therefore it is very hard to drive cross-country. Driving licenses issued in an EU country are valid in Greece.

Buses are widely used all over Greece as there is a good network of bus services that can cross the mainland and islands. The bus services are very efficient and are used in most cities and for long distance travel through the mountainous countryside.

Ferries also transport people and goods from the mainland and between the islands. Getting to and from islands requires a short flight or a ferry side. There are plenty of airports that provide flights to the different islands.

Social Security

IKA is the largest social security organisation in Greece. For employees, the amount of contribution is a percentage of their gross income which is deducted at source from the salary and is paid to the National Insurance organisation. The employer also makes a contribution. Insurance covers pension, unemployment and care insurance. You are entitled to a health book for free medical treatment within the relevant National Insurance scheme the year after you have started contributions.

Cost of living

The cost of living is higher in suburban and tourist areas of the country and prices have risen in recent years.

Imported and processed foods are often highly priced, however, locally grown produce is cheap when it is in season.

Public Holidays

  • January 1st:New Years' Day
  • January 6th:Epiphany
  • March 25th:Greek National Holiday
  • April/MayEaster
  • May 1st:Labour Day
  • May/JuneAscension Day
  • August 15th:Assumption Day
  • October 28th:War memorial Day
  • December 25th:Christmas day
  • December 26th:St. Stephen's Day


A tax number (AFM) is mandatory for all individuals who wish to rent or buy a property in Greece.

Property to rent

The price on long-term rentals depends on the area. Rental properties are more expensive in the city centres and surrounding areas.

The best place to search for homes for rent in athens or elsewhere across Greece is in the local newspapers and on the internet. A deposit on a rental property is usually one-three months rent in advance. Rent increases of 5-10 % after one year are very common.

Property to buy

EU citizens may purchase property anywhere in Greece with the exception of a few designated areas near borders. According to Greek law, you will need to appoint a lawyer to make a property purchase.


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