Living in Greece

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

Winter and summer sales in Greece

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There are two official sales per year in Greece. This summer, they start July 14 and run through August 30. In winter, sales typically begin January 15 and end February 28.

However, with the debt crisis and austerity forcing households to cut back, retailers offer ongoing discounts, interest-free payment programs and VAT-free purchases.

By law, an establishment must display two signs: One showing the original price and another showing the sale price. Retailers not displaying both signs are subject to fines ranging from 1,000 to 100,000 euros, and repeat offenses are calculated as a percentage of total sales or an amount determined by the secretary general, plus imprisonment.

Sale prices are valid until closing time of the last day, according to law 3769/2009.

Value-added tax (VAT) was raised to 23 percent on July 1, 2010 and remains at this rate, contradicting promises to lower sales tax and stimulate the economy.

*Article last updated July 7, 2014.

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Archaeological sites & museums in Greece open late from April 1


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

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 June 5, 2014

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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 February 8, 2014.


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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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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