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Zakynthos, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 15, 2023

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

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What do I need to know about living in Zakynthos?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Zakynthos, should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, the cost of living is generally lower than in many Western countries, but it's important to budget carefully as imported goods can be expensive. Healthcare in Greece is of a good standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The official language is Greek, and while English is widely spoken in tourist areas, learning some basic Greek will be beneficial. The climate in Zakynthos is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change for those from cooler climates. The island is known for its relaxed pace of life, which can be a major draw for retirees, but it's important to note that this can also mean that services and processes may take longer than expected. Greek culture is very social and family-oriented, and integrating into the local community can greatly enhance your experience. The cuisine is a highlight, with a focus on fresh, local produce and traditional recipes. As for housing, there's a range of options available, from renting an apartment to buying a villa. It's advisable to rent first to get a feel for different areas. Finally, it's important to understand the Greek tax system, as Greece has tax treaties with many countries that can affect how your income is taxed. It's recommended to seek advice from a financial advisor before making the move," commented one expat who made the move to Zakynthos.

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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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