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Ioannina, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Ioannina, Greece: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Ioannina?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ioannina, they said:

"Ioannina, is a city rich in history and culture, located in the northwestern part of the country. It is known for its beautiful lake, ancient castle, and vibrant nightlife. Before moving to Ioannina, expats should be aware of several things. Firstly, the official language is Greek, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it might be beneficial to learn some basic Greek phrases. The cost of living in Ioannina is generally lower than in larger Greek cities like Athens or Thessaloniki. This includes rent, groceries, and dining out. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It can get quite cold in the winter, especially at night, so warm clothing is necessary. Public transportation in Ioannina is reliable, with a network of buses serving the city. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding regions. The healthcare system in Greece is generally good, but it's recommended for expats to have comprehensive health insurance. There are several hospitals and clinics in Ioannina, providing a range of medical services. Ioannina has a range of housing options, from modern apartments in the city center to more traditional houses in the outskirts. Renting is a common option, but it's also possible to buy property. The city is known for its high-quality education, with the University of Ioannina being one of the leading institutions in Greece. There are also several international schools, making it a suitable place for expats with children. Greek cuisine is a highlight of living in Ioannina. The city is particularly known for its pies, trout, and frog legs. Finally, Greeks are known for their hospitality and friendliness, so expats can expect a warm welcome. However, it's important to respect local customs and traditions," wrote a member in Ioannina.

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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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