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Pros and Cons of Living in Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 05, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Greece include its beautiful Mediterranean climate, its rich cultural heritage, its stunning landscapes, and its delicious cuisine. On the other hand, the cons of living in Greece include its high cost of living, its high unemployment rate, and its frequent political instability.

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What do expats in Greece appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Greece appreciate the hospitality and kindness of the locals, the abundance of delicious, locally sourced produce, the variety of unique historical sites and the relaxed atmosphere and way of living. They also appreciate the vibrant cultural life, with its mix of old traditions and modern touches. The many stunning natural areas, stunning coastlines and stunning Greek islands also attract expats. Additionally, they appreciate the quality of life that Greece offers, the wonderful architecture, the vibrant nightlife and the strong sense of community. Finally, expats appreciate the warm and sunny climate of Greece, with its long, hot summers and mild winters that are ideal for exploring the country," said another person in Greece.

"Oddly the laissez faire attitude is appealing. Less red tape and rules or rather less notice taken of it! Very freeing! Though the same attitude is also frightening in some aspects, like on the roads. Eeek! Not for the less assertive driver! Making small cameos of spaces attractive amongst the greyness of concrete. The most wonderful thing has been seeing children playing without being wrapped in cotton wool and overprotected. A real childhood," remarked another expat in Nafplio.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expats often find adjusting to a new culture and making friends in their new surroundings to be the most challenging, as well as learning a new language and managing homesickness. They also may face financial and administrative challenges associated with relocating, such as finding a place to live, securing employment, obtaining permits and visas, and applying for health insurance. In addition, expats may experience the stress of transitioning from one culture to another, as well as feeling overwhelmed with all that is required to establish a new life abroad," said another expat in Greece.

"The language obviously. The lack of interest in change and thinking ahead, especially in this time of economic hardship. The lack of care for animals. The standard Greek loo paper bins. Shudder," added another person living in Nafplio.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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