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Welcome to the InterNations Community of Expats in Greece!

Yaku, and welcome to InterNations' expat communities in Greece! Designed to serve expat communities worldwide, InterNations can assist you in getting past the obstacles, challenges, and hassles of relocating to a different nation. Many of those who have made Greece home have made use of our various materials offering support and help while in the process of arriving in a new country with a new culture and different environment. Though your InterNations membership, you'll be able to address any queries or questions making you nervous about moving abroad. Concerns such as, "what is the health system like in Greece", "should I live in Athens or a different city?", or "will transferring my money into euros be easy, and will my savings maintain their value in the process?" can, as well as the countless others that you may also have, be answered by fellow friendly expats who have the knowledge and experience to effectively respond to your queries.

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Living in Greece: Your Questions, Answered

If you're planning a move to Greece as a new or future expat, you may have some questions about what life will be like in this beautiful Mediterranean country. To help you get started, we've compiled answers to seven common questions about living in Greece. For more specific questions or to share your own experiences, consider joining InterNations, a community of expats who enjoy supporting one another.

1. Is it necessary to speak the local language?
While many Greeks speak English, especially in tourist areas and larger cities, learning Greek will greatly enhance your experience in the country. Speaking the local language will help you connect with locals, navigate everyday tasks, and immerse yourself in the Greek culture.

2. What are the average rent prices in popular expat locations?


  • Single-room flat: 300–600 EUR (340–680 USD) per month
  • Three-bedroom flat: 700–1,500 EUR (790–1,700 USD) per month


  • Single-room flat: 250–500 EUR (280–565 USD) per month
  • Three-bedroom flat: 600–1,200 EUR (680–1,360 USD) per month

Crete (Heraklion):

  • Single-room flat: 200–400 EUR (225–450 USD) per month
  • Three-bedroom flat: 500–1,000 EUR (565–1,130 USD) per month

3. How safe is Greece for expats?
Greece is generally a safe country for expats. As with any destination, it's important to practice common-sense precautions, such as avoiding poorly lit areas at night, keeping an eye on your belongings, and staying informed about local security updates.

4. How does the healthcare system work in Greece?
Greece has a public healthcare system called ESY (Ethniko Systima Ygeias), which provides free or low-cost healthcare services to residents. Expats with a residence permit are eligible to access the ESY. Private healthcare is also available, offering shorter wait times and more specialized care. Many expats choose to have private health insurance to access private facilities.

5. How can I open a bank account in Greece?
To open a bank account in Greece, you will typically need to provide identification (such as a passport), proof of address (such as a utility bill), a tax identification number (AFM), and a valid visa or residence permit. Some banks may require additional documentation, so it's a good idea to check with the specific bank you plan to use.

6. What is the cost of living in Greece?
The cost of living in Greece varies depending on the location, with larger cities like Athens being more expensive than smaller towns and rural areas. Housing, food, and transportation are relatively affordable, but imported goods can be more expensive. As an expat, you can expect to live comfortably on a moderate budget.

7. Can I drive with my foreign driver's license in Greece?
Foreigners can drive in Greece using their foreign driver's license for up to six months. After that period, you'll need to obtain a Greek driver's license. This process may require taking a driving test, depending on your nationality and the type of license you hold.

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Attend our many events to get to know like-minded expats, both in Greece and around the world! Our new online events even let you find connection and inspiration without leaving your home.

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Learn More about Being an Expat in Greece

We offer a support network which can help increase your knowledge of the Greek culture, and what to expect when you arrive in the nation of the gods. Greece truly is a sight to behold, with gorgeous landscapes merging with various historical sites of interest. From the Acropolis and Ancient Agora of Athens to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Greek culture is filled with a rich vein of interest which is sure to astound and intrigue. Greece also boasts a wide range of beach resorts, such as the coastal destination of Santorini. If a party atmosphere is what you're looking for, Greece does not disappoint, with the party resorts of Mykonos sure to interest anyone looking for a drink, a dance, and a general good time. Another fantastic location is the medieval village of Lindos on the island of Rhodes, with cobbled streets and a wealth of history really giving a sense of how history and beauty merge into one.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Bahrain or Germany, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Begin Building Your Network of Expats in Greece

InterNations provides a valuable platform for expats to chat in a friendly and enjoyable way online and also meet up in real life offline. Following the rules and ensuring that the environment remains friendly is hugely important in helping make sure InterNations remains the welcoming and nurturing place that it currently is. Ask about any subjects or queries you may have linking to your new life in Greece, from trivia facts to paper-based problems, such as obtaining a visa or permit. You might also want to take part in one of the many real-life events organized regularly in your community. Whether you live in Athens or Thessaloniki and enjoy rock climbing, historical sites, or beaches, there will be a get-together to match your needs.

  • Rajat Bhatnagar

    It is really good to speak and hear Hindi from time to time. With InterNations I got to know compatriots in Athens and Thessaloniki.

  • Amelie Barreau

    InterNations members are really helpful and provided us with valuable tips about the international schools in Athens.

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