Greece a unique location to live
Greece, a full EU Member State, scores high on all major factors taken into consideration when choosing a new country for relocating, such as quality of life, regulated environment, secure living conditions in urban and rural areas, access to efficient services, residence privileges for family members, freedom to travel, among others. Despite its small size, Greece features a particularly diverse natural environment, providing many recreational opportunities. This, combined with a spirited lifestyle blending both ancient and modern Mediterranean culture makes Greece a simply extraordinary place to be – and a wonderful place to call home.
History & Culture
As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece’s cultural legacy lives on in modern Greek society. While countless archaeological sites and museums offer visitors and residents a chance to experience Greek history in person, the country’s deep heritage is also felt in the spectacular concert halls, the summer open-air theaters, and the bustling neighborhood art galleries found throughout Athens and other cities. Greece is today, as it has been for thousands of years, an inspiring place to be.
With 300+ days of sunshine per year, the climate in Greece makes living in this Mediterranean destination a year-round joy. The country’s stunning topography and existing facilities offer countless options for recreation and relaxation, such as swimming, sailing, kite surfing, rafting, biking, rock climbing, skiing, golf, spas – just to name a few. For after-hours entertainment, restaurants, bars, clubs, and cultural venues all contribute to a vibrant nightlife. Modern tourism infrastructure is at your disposal for weekend getaways to the world’s most beautiful locales. Whatever you choose to do, healthy and joyful living is part of the Greek lifestyle.
The Mediterranean diet is a global brand that needs no introduction. There is nowhere on earth better suited for healthy, wholesome eating than Greece, with a rich variety of ingredients and traditional products, such as seafood, olive oil, cheeses and other dairy products, tempting pastries and specialty wines that will satisfy every foodie and thrill every cook.
Greece offers a wide variety of international educational options for expatriates, from pre-schools to universities – especially for students seeking studies in English, French, and German. Many high schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and have a good track record in placing students at prestigious universities, both in Greece and abroad. At the same time, many international universities offer unique educational programs in Greece for undergraduates and graduates alike.
Greece offers a modern healthcare infrastructure and highly skilled physicians and specialists who have been trained in the world’s finest medical facilities. Healthcare in Greece is provided by the National Health Service and by the private sector. Employees in Greece must be insured through the National Social Security System and can also choose complementary private coverage.
Greece ranks favorably in the EU for its number of speakers of a second language. English is the most widely spoken second language in Greece and is often the language of business used on a daily basis, especially in foreign companies. In addition, there are speakers of most European and non-European languages.
Education has long been recognized as the most valuable asset to advancement and many students achieve high academic and professional success in Greece as well as abroad in various sectors, including medicine, science, new technologies, economics and law. Greece’s “intellectual capital” will continue to be a strong national asset and investors who are seeking special skills will have a host of competitive advantages when choosing Greece as an investment location.