Living in Greece

A practical guide to moving, living, working & traveling in Greece, plus musing and misadventures from an American in Athens

Circulation tax

Circulation tax or τέλη κυκλοφορίας (teli kykloforias) applies to all vehicles with Greek license plates, which are registered at the tax office as active. It is a road tax paid to use a vehicle on a public road, known in other countries as a registration fee, motor tax or excise duty.

In a bid to cut approximately 80 million euros in costs, no printed tax invoices are sent by mail and no stickers are issued as proof of payment from November 2012.

*Article last updated on January 6, 2015.


The article covers:

  • How circulation tax is calculated and when it’s due
  • How to access and print a bill
  • Payment options
  • How to withdraw a vehicle from circulation.

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New Year’s in Greece

A pomegranate, an onion and a Vassilopita

New Year’s Day or Protochronia/Πρωτοχρονιά in Greece is midway through the 12 Days of Greek Christmas or Dodekaimero, which started December 25 when Christ was born and culminates January 6 on Epiphany, the day of His baptism.

Traditions are based on Greek Orthodox Christian faith, although adopting multicultural ideas and modern-day commercialism have watered down customs and left many without a sense of why holidays are celebrated or how they originated.

This article does not discuss traditions unique to certain regions or islands of Greece, but provides a general overview in hopes we might recapture to the true meaning of New Year’s and its rich customs.

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Archaeological sites & museums in Greece open late from April to October


Greece welcomes visitors from morning ’til evening at 33 of its 117 archaeological sites and museums from April 1-October 31.

Stats show that 95 percent of 12 million visitors frequent these tourist sites, making them the most popular and most obvious choice for extended hours in spring and summer.

Post covers:

  • Dates in effect
  • Opening hours
  • List of 33 sites and links

*Article last updated on August 5, 2014

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Watch NFL football outside the USA

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American football fans can follow their favorite team, keep to Thanksgiving Day tradition and see Super Bowl Sunday from the comfort of their living room or via mobile device.

NFL Game Pass is a subscription that allows everyone outside the United States, Mexico, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and U.S. territories to watch games in high-definition, both live and on demand.

Depending on what you prefer, you can follow only your team, all teams, the off-season, regular season and/or the playoffs. There’s also an option to watch up to four games in multiple windows and 30-minute condensed games, with no commercials, huddles or time outs.

If you miss a game because you were busy having a life or the time-zone difference made it impractical, no problem. Replay the game at your convenience and watch as many times as you like, including archived Super Bowl games.

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