Moving to Greece

An island offering extensive white-sand beaches, sparkling crystal waters and Mediterranean temperatures, Greece is a potential haven for British ex-pats. Surrounded by Italy and the Ionian sea with Turkey and Aegean Sea to the East it is a great location for tourists. Known for its relaxed lifestyle, year-round sunshine and natural beauty, Greece has long been a favourite for expats.

Before relocating to Greece, you should decide on the kind of lifestyle you want to achieve. The large cities of Thessaloniki, in Central Macedonia, and Athens attract a large amount of expats who move there for the high-tech and finance career opportunities. Athens is the best city to move to if you are in search of Greece’s rich history and culture with a plethora of world-class museums and historic sites including; National Archaeological Museum, the ancient ruins in the Agora, and The Acropolis.

Expats looking for a more relaxed lifestyle often choose to live on one of Greece’s many islands and villages. Mykonos is a popular island amongst tourists well-known for its incredible views and vibrant nightlife. Whilst the island of Mani, is slightly more removed from the limelight and is great for hiking and outdoors activities.

Many people moving to Greece to work already have a job lined up before they move, however even if this is the case finding a competitive salary is tough. When looking for work in Greece, expats should be mindful that speaking the language is a huge bonus. In fact, it will be very hard to obtain paid work if you are unable to speak the native language.

For expats employed by a Greek company, health insurance schemes will often be provided. However, if you are unemployed or your place of work doesn’t offer a healthcare scheme then you should look at purchasing your own health insurance. Expat health insurance schemes are available and although they are slightly more expensive they give you access to private healthcare which is a better option than the state-run healthcare options.

Once you have moved to Greece you will find there are many nuances of society that you will need to adapt to. Greece is a highly religious country and Greeks are also very superstitious so by being aware of the customs you will avoid inadvertently insulting or upsetting your new acquaintances. The most common superstition within Greek culture is the Evil Eye which stems from Ancient Greek and Roman texts. Full lists of Greek superstitions- both bad and good! – can be found online.

If you’re relocating to Greece, a professional removals company (like us!) can help you navigate the process-making moving aboard easy and stress-free. For more information, simply get in touch – we’re here to help! E: T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.

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