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The pros and cons of living in Greece!

Last update: 29 February, 2024  ◦  2 November, 2023 by Photo from Emily Emily  ◦  4 minutes reading time
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Are you considering moving to Greece? Whether you're drawn to its rich history, stunning landscapes, or vibrant culture, living in Greece can be an exciting adventure. 🀩 In this blog we talk about the pros and cons as well as address some frequently asked questions to provide you with a well-rounded understanding of what to expect on your Greek journey! πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·

Pros of living in Greece

1. Breathtaking natural beauty
Greece is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, with its picturesque islands, crystal-clear waters, and stunning landscapes. From the iconic Santorini sunsets to the pristine beaches of Crete, Greece offers a paradise-like environment that can enhance your quality of life. β›°οΈβœ¨

 

2. Community life

Greece has a strong sense of community. People are often friendly, hospitable, and family-oriented. Enjoy regular festivals, celebrations, and events that revolve around community life as you form lasting connections with friendly locals. πŸ‘«

 

3. Affordable cost of living
Compared to many other European countries, Greece offers a relatively affordable cost of living. Housing, transportation, and daily expenses can be more budget-friendly, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. πŸ’Έ

 

4. Delicious mediterranean cuisine

Greece is a culinary paradise, celebrated for its mouthwatering dishes. The Greek diet revolves around wholesome ingredients like olive oil, fresh vegetables, and an abundance of fish and seafood. Indulge in traditional delicacies such as Moussaka, Souvlaki or Tzatziki, which can be savored at the charming taverns and restaurants scattered throughout the country. πŸ«’πŸ½οΈ

 

5. Mild climate
Greece enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, characterized by long summers and mild winters. With over 250 days of sunshine per year, you'll have ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, explore the Greek islands, and soak up the sun. β˜€οΈ

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Cons of living in Greece

1. Economic challenges
Greece has faced economic challenges in recent years, resulting in a high unemployment rate and limited job opportunities. Economic uncertainty can have a negative impact on quality of life. πŸ“‰ Yobbers assists you in finding a job and accommodation in Greece, so you don't have to worry about these matters. 

 

2. Infrastructure

The infrastructure in Greece can be outdated or inadequate in some areas. There are challenges related to power supply, and road quality. The public transportation system is not always reliable, especially in rural areas, and often experiences chaotic conditions. Luckily, this is not a problem in Athens, where Yobbers has most of our Greece vacancies! 🚌

 

3. Language barrier
While English is widely spoken in tourist areas, the Greek language remains the primary language in everyday life. Overcoming the language barrier can be a challenge, especially because of the different alphabet. Some of our vacancies offer a free language course to help you overcome this barrier. πŸ—£οΈ

 

4. Bureaucracy

Navigating the Greek bureaucracy can be a frustrating experience, particularly for expats. Obtaining permits, and understanding the legal requirements can be time-consuming and complex. Luckily, if you've applied through Yobbers, your employer will help you with all the necessary paperwork. πŸ“‘

Conclusion

Moving to Greece is an exciting adventure, but it's good to keep in mind the challenges you might face. Luckily, Yobbers is your travel partner along the way and will help you overcome any obstacles coming your way. πŸ€Take a look at our Greek vacancies and start packing your bags for your next adventure! If you're left longing for more information, you should check out our blog about the minimum wage in Greece. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·

FAQ’s

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Greece?

The prices for rent in Greece can vary a lot depending on where you live. In general, you can say that they are more affordable than living in other European countries. For further information check out our blog on finding accommodation in Athens

 

Are there any visa requirements for living in Greece?

If you are an EU citizen, you do not need a visa for your stay in Greece. Otherwise, you need to obtain one if you are staying longer than three months. 

 

Can I live in Greece if I don't speak Greek?

Living in Greece can be a great opportunity to learn the language. In bigger cities and touristic areas you will be fine speaking English. However, if you are going to a more rural area it might be difficult to communicate with the locals. For tips and tricks on how to come around in a foreign country without speaking the language read this blog

 

Is something still unclear? Feel free to leave a comment below or get in contact with our recruiters! We'll help you on your way to an exciting journey abroad. πŸ§‘


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