The Cost Of Living In Greece

Published: 31st May 2007
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The cost of living in Greece is considerable lower than in most other EU countries, but it offers a good standard of living and a wonderful quality of life. Studies indicate that the cost of living in Greece is about 30% lower than Cyprus' and Cyprus' is 30% lower than Spain's and Portugal's. Over and above the lower cost of living, those who purchase property in Greece will be amazed by how inexpensive houses are. In addition Greece has a very low crime rate, low pollution, and plenty of sunshine. All things considered purchaser of holiday homes in Greece have an extremely attractive package.



Annual Income



A couple living permently in Greece can expect to require an annual income of around £10,000 (14,000 Euro). Example;



House running costs + food.................................£4816

Two people eating out twice per week..................£1664

Garden maintenance.......................................... £984

Car insurance................................................... £310

Petrol 5,000 miles per year at £2.25p per Gal...... £360

Return trip to the UK to visit family and friends...£600

Contingency fund.............................................£1266

Total per year................................................£10,000



Food Prices



Prices have risen quite steeply since the introduction of the Euro in 2002. Locally grown produce is cheap when in season. Imported and processed foods are often highly priced.



Furniture/Appliances



To give you an idea of the price of furniture and kitchen appliances, here are some examples for a typical starter package;



Electric cooker.........................................£350 (€500)

Fridge freezer...........................................£350 (€500)

1 x double bed.........................................£275 (€400)

2 x single beds.........................................£350 (€500)

Dinning table & 4 x chairs........................£350 (€500)

Three piece suit (1 x sofa 2 armchairs).......£730 (€1200)

Patio furniture (plastic table & 4 chairs......£90 (€150)

TOTAL COST........................................£2586 (€3750)



Consumers Rights



If you should be unlucky enough to buy a faulty product in Greece you have the same rights of complaint against a Greek retailer as in any other EU country. For further information or advise contact INKA, free tel: 11727 or 210 363 2443.



Car Running Costs



To purchase a small saloon car in Greece (Fiat Panda or similar) would cost around £4,600 (6,700Euro)



Fully comprehensive insurance and road tax is likely to be about £310. (450 Euro)



Petrol is about 65p per litre (0.91Euro)



Car Rental will be £20-£30 per day, depending on size and duration of hire. For 15 days plus, the smallest might cost £18, and a 4WD between £25 and £40



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