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

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What do I need to know before moving to Chania?

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

"Before moving to Chania, expats should know that the official language is Greek, and while English is widely spoken, learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Chania is generally lower than in many European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Healthcare in Greece is of a good standard, but expats are advised to have comprehensive health insurance. Expats can access public healthcare if they are contributing to the Greek social security system, but many choose private healthcare for more immediate access to specialists. Chania is known for its rich history and culture, with many historical sites, museums, and festivals throughout the year. The local cuisine is a highlight, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and traditional Cretan dishes. The city is generally safe, but like any city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. Public transportation is reliable and affordable, with buses being the most common mode of transport. Expats should also be aware that Greece has strict regulations on property ownership, so it's important to seek legal advice before buying property. Finally, Greece operates on Eastern European Time and uses the Euro as its currency," wrote a member in Chania.

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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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