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Crowded Market in Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

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

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What are the pros and cons of living in Athens?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Athens responded:

"I love the area where I live and honestly I wish there was more incentives for homeowners / landlords to rent out their place to locals rather than use them for Airbnb. It is nearly impossible to find a nice modern place for a decent rate in the area. and I understand why they do it because owners pay a much lower tax rate to rent out to tourists vs locals. They should do something about that because it's a big problem," said another in Athens.

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What advice to expats in Athens have about housing?

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"It is overpriced honestly and it should cost less. It's also hard to find good availability," explained one expat living in Athens.

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

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"Greeks are assertive, have a culture of education so can speak lots of languages, and have the highest number of university degrees in the population. They are a useful sort to your company, business and governmental liaison. Loads of languages and having global languages and some may have spent a lot of years in England, either at university or university and work for a while. Even more useful," remarked another expat in Athens.

"Friends and family are not casual relationships here. They will bend over backward to help and support you in whatever way they can. One just has to learn to ask and accept that help," explained one expat living in Athens.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"The politics, sense of righteousness, lawlessness, outright hostility to anything foreign, unmistakably corrupt system, terrible driving and parking culture that goes completely unchallenged. It's the wild west when they think they belong to civilization," said another person in Athens.

"The whole body language, facial gesture, hand stuff that is entirely unknown in the more restrained, reserved English cultural ways," remarked another expat in Athens.

"Realizing that the sense of humor and level of tolerance for foreign ideas of many of the locals is very different from mine," explained one expat living in Athens.

What are the schools in Athens like?

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"I would recommend it without any hesitation. My child loved this school and the staff, as did we," commented one expat when asked about Cottage in Athens.

"If you are looking for a small caring English language pre-school in Athens, then this is it! We loved it and miss it very much," explained one expat in Athens, Greece with kids at Kifissia Montessori School.

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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