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Are you seeking a new adventure abroad? Working in Greece could be the opportunity of a lifetime! Imagine living and working in a country that boasts a warm Mediterranean climate, crystal-clear blue waters, and pristine beaches. With a balanced work-life culture, you can enjoy leisure time in a relaxed environment, with ample time for sightseeing and exploring Greece's historical sites, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine. With a balanced work-life culture, you can enjoy leisure time in a relaxed environment, with ample time for sightseeing and exploring Greece's historical sites, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine.

How is it to live in Greece?

One of the most significant benefits of living in Greece is the Mediterranean climate. With warm and sunny weather, Greece is perfect for outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and exploring the stunning coastline. Even in winter, the climate is relatively mild, making it an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors. Greece also has a rich cultural heritage that is visible in its ancient ruins, museums, and art galleries. The country is famous for its archaeological sites, such as the Acropolis in Athens, and Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics. There are numerous festivals and cultural events throughout the year, which provide ample opportunities to experience the local culture and traditions.

Greece is a relaxed and laid-back country, and the work-life balance is essential to the locals. Most shops and businesses close for a few hours in the afternoon, giving people the chance to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a quick nap. Family and social life are also essential, and people tend to spend more time with their loved ones and friends than in many other countries.

Greece is a relatively affordable country to live in, and the cost of living is lower than in many other European countries. Housing and rental costs are relatively low, and food and drink prices are also affordable. The healthcare system is excellent and available to both locals and expats.

In conclusion, living in Greece can be an incredible experience, with its beautiful weather, rich culture, and relaxed way of life. While there may be some challenges, the benefits of living in Greece far outweigh the downsides. Whether you are looking to soak up the sun, explore ancient ruins, or experience the local culture and traditions, Greece has something for everyone.


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How to find accommodation in Greece

  1. In this guide, we'll explore the various methods you can use to find a place to live in Greece, from searching online to using social media and working with real estate agents. We'll also provide tips on determining your budget, researching different neighborhoods, attending open houses, and being prepared to secure your ideal accommodation in Greece.


    1.Determine your budget: Calculate how much you can afford to spend on rent or mortgage payments, factoring in other monthly expenses like utilities and transportation. Consider the average rental costs in different cities or neighborhoods, as prices can vary significantly across Greece.

    2. Research different neighborhoods: Look up the different neighborhoods in the city or town where you plan to live, and consider factors like proximity to public transport, access to amenities, and safety. Check out online reviews or travel guides for more information about the local areas and their unique features.

    3. Search online: Use popular booking websites like Spitogatos.gr, Spiti24.gr, and HousingAnywhere to search for apartments, villas, and other types of short-term or long-term accommodation.

    4. Contact a real estate agent: Look up local real estate agencies in the area where you plan to live and ask for their help in finding accommodation that suits your budget and preferences. Consider working with an agent who specializes in the type of accommodation you're looking for, whether it's a furnished apartment, a villa, or a commercial property.

    5. Use social media: Join local Facebook groups or pages related to housing in Greece, and look out for listings posted by property owners or real estate agents. Use LinkedIn or other professional networks to connect with real estate agents or other professionals in the industry who can help you find accommodation.


    Take note of the property's features, location, and accessibility, and compare it to other properties you've seen to make an informed decision. Prepare a list of necessary documents and information you may need to provide to the landlord or real estate agent, such as proof of income, a copy of your passport or ID, and a security deposit. Finally, research the local rental laws and regulations to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Greece.

What documents do I need to work in Greece?

  1. Greece is a popular destination for EU citizens who are looking for work opportunities in a new country. While the process for finding a job in Greece may seem daunting, understanding the necessary documents and procedures can help make the process smoother. In this guide, we'll outline the essential documents you'll need as an EU citizen to work legally in Greece:

    1. Valid ID or passport: As an EU citizen, you're not required to have a visa to work in Greece. However, you'll need a valid passport or ID to enter the country and register for a tax number.

    2. Tax number (AFM): To work legally in Greece, you must obtain a tax number (AFM) from the tax office (DOY) in your city of residence. You'll need to provide your passport or ID, as well as proof of your address in Greece (e.g., a rental contract or utility bill).

    3. Social security number (AMKA): In addition to the tax number, you'll also need to obtain a social security number (AMKA) from the social security office (IKA). This number is necessary for access to the Greek health care system and social security benefits.

    4. Residence permit: While EU citizens are not required to obtain a residence permit to work in Greece, you'll need to register with the local police department (Aliens Bureau) within three months of your arrival. You'll need to provide proof of employment, a rental contract, and other relevant documents.

    In summary, as an EU citizen, you don't need a visa to work in Greece, but you'll need to obtain a tax number, social security number and register with the local police. It's also important to have a valid ID or passport, and preferably also a work contract and health insurance. With these documents in order, you can begin your job search with confidence and work legally in Greece.

It may seem like a lot of documents are needed, but please be reminded that most companies we recruit for will help you obtain all, or most of, the required documentation.

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Taxes in Greece for expats 

As an EU citizen working in Greece, you'll need to obtain a tax number, file your tax return every year, and pay income tax, social security contributions, property taxes, and VAT if applicable. The tax system is complex, with a progressive income tax rate ranging from9% to 44%. Social security contributions are mandatory, and property taxes are levied on real estate property owners.The standard VAT rate is 24%, with reduced rates for certain goods and services. Keep accurate records of your income and expenses throughout the year, and work with a tax professional to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations.

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