In today’s article we will see why Greece is a place chosen by so many travellers not only as a tourist destination, but also as a place to reside. Here are the pros and cons of living in Greece.
One of the things that strikes one the most about this country is the way of being of its inhabitants. Greeks have a positive and relaxed attitude to all conflicts that arise. They are aware of the delicate economic situation that the country is going through, however they do not despair in the face of these problems, but rather try to relax and think in a more positive way than most would.
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Advantages of living in Greece
One of the most important things in assessing a place as good or bad to live in is security, and Greece meets this requirement. Here you can go out at any time of the day with complete peace of mind, since the risks of suffering a robbery or any other altercation are minimal.
Another advantage of living in Greece is being able to eat healthier and more balanced without losing the flavour. Everyone knows that the Mediterranean diet is great, and the Hellenic country could not be an exception. Here the fruits and vegetables taste like fruits and vegetables, not like in other countries that they do not taste like anything. In addition, filling the shopping cart is much cheaper than in other places.
In Greece you can enjoy summer like never before, as it has the best beaches in the entire European continent. And I’m not just saying it because of the three or four that all the tourists go to; in Greece you can find virgin beaches of white sand and crystal clear water in places you would never have imagined.
In Europe, supermarkets and other places usually close their doors at 10 or 11 at night; however, many places remain open 24 hours a day.
Compared to other European countries, Greece has cheaper prices when it comes to renting houses, public transport or food from supermarkets.
But perhaps the most important thing is to have the experience of living in a country that has gone through so many historical eras. You can find everything from Roman aqueducts and churches from the Byzantine era to buildings built under the Ottoman occupation.
Disadvantages of living in Greece
The first barrier that we are going to encounter is language. If you come without knowing a word of Greek, you are going to have a pretty difficult time, especially in your first months. Furthermore, learning Greek is not easy at all, since it is quite a complicated language. If you intend to move, I advise you to do an online or face-to-face course beforehand to at least have some basic knowledge of the language.
As you may already know, the country has been going through a serious economic crisis since 2008, from which it has not been able to fully recover. This has as a direct consequence a lack of employment, and more so for foreigners. If you are not a member of the European Union, you will also have the problem that you will need a special work visa, which is not given to everyone.
When you are driving or as a passenger you will be surprised to notice how badly some people drive in Greece. They do not respect the traffic lights and other road signs, they circulate on the sidewalks to overtake, and they go at full speed to brake at the last minute… All this makes going on the road, whether at the wheel or as a pedestrian, a risky sport.
Bureaucracy is another of the country’s problems, since everything that would be done elsewhere in 2 steps, in Greece it’s done in 6, which implies an unnecessary waste of time every time something has to be formalized. For example when you’re preparing your papers in order to apply for citizenship, you’re in for a headache unless you seek the help of golden visa lawyers who know the process well and can trivialize it for you.
And to finish I warn you that the big cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra) can be very dirty.
Despite all this, our conclusion is that it’s worth moving to Greece and there’s a lot to look forward to if you decide to do so. However, in the end it’s up to you to decide. It would be wise to visit first before making the big move.