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Kefalonia, 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 Kefalonia, Greece: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kefalonia?

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

"Kefalonia is a beautiful island known for its stunning beaches, charming villages, and rich history. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language is Greek, and while English is widely spoken in tourist areas, it may not be as common in more rural or residential areas. Therefore, learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Kefalonia is generally lower than in many other European countries, but it's important to budget for expenses such as rent, utilities, groceries, and healthcare. The healthcare system in Greece is a mix of public and private providers. Expats are advised to secure comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical needs. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for this, especially if you're coming from a cooler climate. Public transportation on the island is limited, so having a car can be very useful. However, the roads can be narrow and winding, so it's important to be a confident driver. The pace of life in Kefalonia is slower than in many other places, which can be a big adjustment for some people. It's important to embrace this slower pace and the laid-back lifestyle of the island. The Greek people are known for their hospitality, and Kefalonia is no exception. However, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Finally, while Kefalonia is generally a safe place to live, it's always important to take basic safety precautions, such as locking your home and car, and being aware of your surroundings," said one expat in Kefalonia.

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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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