After several beautiful holidays, and some occasional plans and explorations, you fell in love with Greece. So it came to you, and got under your skin. The summer, sea, great food, and friendly people you’ve met. Some of them your best friends, told you several times, that they count you as their „Home team“. Your visits now consider as a regular part of life in Greece with those people. You started liking them, liking Greece. Then it just came like a thunderstruck. You could move to live in Greece. How great that would be?
After several days/weeks/months of thinking, and thinking, you made your mind. You’re going to do it. You decided to move to Greece.
Congratulations on the decision, it will surely change your life a hundred percent. This is not a small thing to do, and when you bring the big decision, the excitement and joy of this great new idea made you feel more alive, and happy.
So, after the decision is final you now must see how you’re need to do it, and what are duties you must do and preform to get to the life in Greece. If you have your place already picked out, than you don’t need to worry, but if not, you should consider exploring the land a bit more, and looking where would be the perfect place to start your new life.
You must consider several factors during this period; will it be a big city, or a smaller one, will it be on the some of the islands or mainland? How well is area developed and does it suits your needs? What institutions (schools, public services, governmental buildings) and services are close, and how does life goes on in the area? If you have made several visits (some of them longer than standard holidays) you should already be familiar with this.
First, you need to research about Visas involved in your settling in to Greece, take a look here.
Language, Demographic and Schools
Official language is Greek, and there are about 7 different accents that you may meet (Cappadocian, Cretan, Cypriot, Maniot, Pontic, Tsakonian & Yevanic). Modern Greek language is spoken in 99% of population, and tourism developed areas are well developed with several world languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian) English is taught as a foreign language in all schools. And, like in any other country, the more you move from the urban areas and cities the language spoken is strictly Greek.
Demographic of Greece is well explained and demonstrated here.
Cities in Greece are well developed, urban and large. About two thirds of Greek people live in those areas. There are many cities with over a 100 000 people, and five largest are: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larissa.
If you’re coming to Greece with children, you should research the area of possible settlement for schools, and the requirements that you (your child) needs to fulfill. The papers and permits are different from your home country, so you must add that to research list, and get familiar with everything. Schools apply foreign students with a slightly different conditions than domestic ones, but it should not be an issue.
Accommodation & Lodging
Greece is a touristic country. So finding a hotel rooms should not be a problem during any time of a year. Many of them have their own websites, where you can book your room in advance, and their sites have English option for language setting, so you’ll manage it fine. Countless hotels are scattered on the Greek islands, as well on the mainland, near the sea, where you can find some accommodation on every 200 meters. Here is a good site for properties in Greece which can help you out. Also, keep in mind that research is your best friend.
Greece is the place where many important people in world history are born. The birth location of philosophers, mathematics, and great minds. The democracy is born in Greece. Western culture has to thank Greece for that. The ancient Greeks pioneered in many fields that rely on systematic thought, including biology, geometry, history, philosophy, and physics. Poetry and written word in general had many history-defining artworks from Greece. Wikipedia gives great page about Greek culture. Greece is also place of birth of the Olympic games.
The Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens is one of the best known symbols of classical Greece.
Today’s Greek people are relaxed, tourism oriented, friendly and hospitality driven. They enjoy good meal (Olive oil and Feta cheese are a-must) and music. Traditional Greek dance is also one of the main characteristics. Greeks are in love with sport, so their football and basketball leagues are well developed, and lots of teams have thousands of cheering fans.
Quick Tips and advice
- Don’t forget paperwork and vet records from your pet, if you have any. It can be forgotten easily.
- Consult a Tax officer or adviser who will check up your financial situation, and give you statement of clarification.
- If you’re from non-EU territories, make sure to exchange some of your money to Euros-official European Union money.
- Have some photos of yourself and family members for immigration office paperwork.
- If you have some furniture or belongings to bring, contact a moving company from Greece to help you transport it to your new location.
- The Electric Current in Greece is 230V AC (50Hz). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor. Think about this to prevent issues.
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