Moving to Greece

 

 

With an estimated 25 million tourists in 2015, it is no doubt that the tourism sector is Greece's key economic pillar. While holidaymakers enjoy the beauty of the country, expats seeking a life there should note that it will take years for Greece to recover from the financial slowdown in eurozone. Local wages fall short but the low cost of living helps to offset that a little. There is a lot to love about the welcoming Greeks and their culture - settling down will be a breeze, if you have some command of the modern Greek language.

It’s not a myth that Greece is a paradise for time immemorial. Being home to the first ever Olympics in world history, Greece is proud of its modern sports heritage. Sports like football and basketball are a primary means of recreation in the country. Officially called the Hellenic Republic, Greece is fast becoming a popular expat destination, partly because of its mystic beauty and mostly because it is, after all, a developed European nation, teeming with the promise of better opportunities, and a new life filled with adventure.

Ranked as the second most industrious country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it also has the largest work-hour ration among the European nations. Shipping and Tourism are the two primary industries in Greece. The shipping industry accounts for 4.5% of the country's GDP while tourism makes up 15%. Education starts at the age of six for primary school. At the age of 12, they start gymnasium, the European equivalent of secondary schooling where a pupil is prepared for university academic study.

This so-called ‘cradle of Western civilization' is located in the southeastern portion of Europe. It has three main climates: Mediterranean, which can be mildly cold and wet in winter, and dry during summer, Alpine, which is mostly experienced in the mountains and is primarily consist of harsh cold winds, and Temperate which spells damp winters and hot summers.

Almost 80% of Greece's land area is dotted with hills and mountains, the most famous of which, would be the mythological throne of Zeus, Mount Olympus. The cities of Thessaly, Central Macedonia, and Thrace, however, are mostly composed of vast plains.If you wish to go to Greece and see the country where the ‘myths of the gods' are told, you'd either have to take the road or the railways system, which has been highly modernised since the 1980's. Improvements in the capital, Athens, include the international airport opened in 2001, the suburban motorway Attiki Odos, which was opened in the same year, and the metro system (expanded in the year 2000). 

The majority, 97% of the population, belongs to the Greek Orthodox religion. The immigrant population, on the other hand, has approximately 200,000 Roman Catholic Church members. There are also Muslims, mostly situated in Thrace. The locals are big on celebrations and often host parties with a huge crowd of family and friends. Grecian food is European cuisine at its healthiest. Meals are almost always made with fresh ingredients and in small portions like meze, (an array of appetizers) which is enjoyed with dips like feta cheese or tzatziki (dip made of yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil and other herbs).

Visas and Work Permits 

As with most European nations, members of the European society are not required to secure a visa to enter or do business in Greece for 90 days. Included in this list of exempted countries are U.S citizens, Australians, Canadians, and the Japanese. 

If you wish to do business or stay as a permanent resident of Greece, you would need to secure a separate resident and working visa.  A special written permit must be obtained from the Grecian Ministry of Labor to an immigrant who wishes to gain employment in the country. 

 

 

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