Living in Greece

Living in Thessaloniki (

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, with over one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. It is the capital of Macedonia.

The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. It was an important metropolis of the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430 and passed from the Ottoman Empire to Greece on 8 November 1912.

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre;it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Events, such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually. Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.

Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination. In 2013, National Geographic Maga¬zine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) magazine declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle. The center of Thessaloniki is also considered the most popular destination for street photography in Greece.

Living in Athens (

Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece. It dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BCE. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BCE incorporation with Athens. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Athens is also home to several museums and cultural institu¬tions, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. 

Greece is one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe, for both tourists and international students alike. On average, you would need around 450-700 EUR/month for all expenditure, including accommodation, which is reasonable, compared to other European destinations(Spain, Germany, or Italy) where average monthly living costs are between 800 and 1,000 EUR.

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