Greece is one of the few countries that has an entire strike calendar. And they are here all the time. Tram and trolleybus drivers, subway and electric train drivers, air traffic controllers, trade unions, and hospital employees are on strike. All this affects the plans of ordinary residents of Greece, who cannot leave somewhere or are forced to soar in traffic jams in the same Athens, whose center is blocked by standing trolleybuses.
4. High taxes
Residents of the post-Soviet space, emigrating to other countries, are not too fond of places where high taxes are taken. Our compatriots do not particularly like Greece in this respect. Income tax here can reach 43%, VAT – 24%. In addition, there is a tax on the rental of real estate and cars – up to 45%, and hotel owners, taking into account all taxes, can give more than half of their profits to the state treasury.
Life in Greece, like in Spain, is unimaginable without a siesta. Every day at 12:00-14:00, Greek cities and villages plunge into a sweet slumber. Shops, cafes, restaurants and even museums close for three hours (although in large tourist centers in the high season, many neglect the siesta in order not to miss customers). Those who move to Greece for permanent residence have to quickly get used to this tradition, which the indigenous people cherish terribly. Weekends in many places turn into one continuous siesta. Pharmacies, banks, post offices and even grocery stores in small towns may be completely closed on Saturday and Sunday.
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6. The mentality of the locals
The Greeks are an open and friendly people, ready to set the table for almost the first person they meet. But they also have another feature that is also characteristic of other residents of warm coastal countries: they really do not like to rush somewhere, therefore they are completely optional and unreliable. Their favorite phrase is σιγά σιγά, meaning “slowly”. So they all do: go to an appointment, drink coffee, do work. By the way, at first glance, the Greeks may seem bullying and brawlers – they are so emotional in their statements. But this is just the cost of temperament: in fact, the locals are very, very good-natured.