The shores of Aegean Sea saw the emergence of the first advanced civilizations in Europe whose impact is inseparable from today’s western cultural and political development.
Rooted in the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations of the third millennium BCE, the cultural heritage of Greece has evolved for 25 centuries over the entire Greek peninsula. The Classical Period of Greece History (VI-IV centuries BCE) was an era of great prosperity; Athens was the centre of unparalleled political and cultural accomplishment. The Golden Age came to an end with the Peloponnesian Wars. After, the history of Greece is a succession of invasions and dominations: Alexander the Great; the Roman and the Byzantine Empire which ended with the fall of Constantinople in 1453; the Ottoman Empire, that ruled for over 400 years. For more than a century after independence (1832), nationalist expansionism and extreme political factionalism hindered smooth development and brought frequent intervention by Britain and France.
Progressive regimes were interspersed with heavy international debt, military juntas, struggles between the monarch and elected government officials, and chaotic changes of government. Greece participated in the two world wars, suffering devastating damage from Nazi occupation. Greece emerged from the calamitous 1940s shattered economically, socially, and politically. Recovery was remarkably fast in the economic sphere and to some degree in society, but the political schism that had begun in the early 1900s between royalists and republicans fuelled an equally bitter civil war (1946-1949).
During the 1950s and 1960s, Greece experienced a gradual and consistent economic growth. In 1967, a group of colonels seized power in a coup d’état. The junta suppressed civil liberties, established special military courts, and dissolved political parties. Several thousand political opponents were imprisoned or exiled to remote Greek islands. The Regime toppled in 1974 after conspiring against the President of Cyprus and bringing Greece to the brink of war with Turkey. Tensions with Turkey continued unabated into the mid-1990s. In several instances in the 1980s and the 1990s, the two nations narrowly averted war over control of territory or resources in the Aegean Sea. Relations warmed after both countries suffered earthquakes in 1999 and offered each other practical help. Although the disputes remain unresolved, the Greek government gives strong backing to Turkey’s EU bid. On January 1, 1981 Greece became the 10th member of the European Community.
Economic and political ties with more prosperous European nations grew steadily and greatly benefited Greece. Despite Greece’s enthusiastic support of EU unification goals, the emergence of new independent states from the collapsed Republic of Yugoslavia caused strains in this relationship. In opposition to EC policies, Greece refused to honour the UN embargo on its ally and major trading partner, Serbia, and in the same period, waged a vigorous campaign against recognition of Slavic Macedonia. As a result, in 1993 and 1994 Greece struggled to prevent isolation within the European body. In 1995, agreement came after Macedonia redesigned its flag, modified its Constitution, and agreed to choosing a new name for the republic (FYROM) acceptable to Greece.
For Greece, the twentieth century was a period full of violence and uncertainty. The last years of the century, however, brought the potential for political stability, and economic prosperity.
Dominating the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece is the cradle of western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, the Olympic Games, literature, political science, major scientific principles and drama.
Located in south eastern Europe, Greece combines the towering mountains of the mainland with over 1400 islands. The islands are Greece’s chief morphological trait and an integral part of the country’s civilisation and tradition. They are are generally subdivided into two groups, according to their location: the Ionian islands (including Corfu, Cephalonia, and Leucas) west of the mainland and the Aegean islands (including Euboea, Samos, Chios, Lesbos, and Crete) to the east and south. North central Greece, Epirus, and western Macedonia are all mountainous. The main chain of the Pindus Mountains extends from northwest Greece to the Peloponnese. Mount Olympus, rising to 2917 m., is the highest point in the country. Greece is the only EU country that doesn’t share a land frontier with another member.
Historically poor with inadequate communications, Greece has experienced rapid economic and social change from the mid-20th century on. Today, Greece is a developed country, a member of the European Community since 1981 and a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU since 2001. Greece has become the economic hub of Southeast Europe and offers a stable and healthy economic environment that is supportive to the needs of businesses and investors.
The country is rich in natural resources providing petroleum, magnetite, lignite, bauxite, hydropower and marble. Greece’s most important industries in terms of production and employment are: food processing, tobacco, textiles, chemicals (including refineries), non-metallic minerals (cement), telecommunication equipment, metallurgy, aerospace, military equipment, pharmaceuticals and shipbuilding.
Services make up the largest and fastest-growing sector of the Greek economy. Traditionally a seafaring nation, the country’s merchant ship fleet is one of the largest in the world. The tourism industry is a vital economic sector and occupies a dominant position in the Greek economy. Greece has established itself over the last three decades, as a popular destination for leisure tourism and ranks in the top 15 destinations.
In Greece, there are thousands of islands to choose from, miles of glimmering coastline, dramatic mountains for excursions or paragliding like Icarus, riding the rapids of Achelos, or sailing to Mykonos for the weekend. Ancient sites, museums, and performances are all part of Greece’s cultural heritage. The sea is never more than 80 kilometres from any point on the mainland.
Athens enjoys a new modern airport, and numerous airlines connect Athens with major destinations. As a maritime nation, Greece has extensive inter-island ferry and hydrofoil service; the main ports serving Athens are Piraeus and Rafina. Greece has relatively little crime, even in the major centres. The country offers a great variety of cultural opportunities, including world-class classical music, opera, dance and theatre. Athens has a vibrant nightlife, with clubs catering to all kinds of musical tastes, including jazz and Latin venues as well as traditional bouzoukia with live Greek folk music. With various international schools, foreign institutes, clubs and associations, Greece is a perfect destination for both singles and families.
Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.
Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.
Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.
City by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.
International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.
Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.
Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.
Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.
Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.
Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.
Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.
Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.
Ongoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.
Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.
Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.
Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.
• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration
• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country
• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures
• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign
• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised
• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination
• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application
• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city
• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service
For more info about our immigration services in Greece please contact our marketing department at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens, as a landlocked location was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus.
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, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC in later centuries on the rest of the then known European continent.
Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world’s 32nd richest city by purchasing power and the 25th most expensive in a UBS study.
Stratoni is a beautiful Macedonian seaside village, built in front of the “Ierissos” bay, at the foot of the Aristotelian Mountain. It has more than 1.200 residents (according to the 2011 census) and is situated on the north-eastern coast of the Halkidiki peninsula, in Northern Greece; 100 km east from Thessaloniki and 17 km north from Ierissos, which is the administrative centre of its municipality. It is part of the Aristotle municipality and the municipal unit Stagira-Akanthos.
In 1932 the village suffered great damages from the earthquake in the nearby village Ierissos. Stratoni was totally reconstructed in the next few years with the financial support of the mining company. Nowadays, the mining activity continues to be the main occupation of the residents.
Thessaloniki (520 km. north of Athens) is the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf ), it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.
The central part, corresponding to the region that is inside the the Byzantine walls, forms the oldest part of the city and is divided in two parts, the central commercial and historic city center, were most tourist sites and interests, entertainment and educational facilities are located; and Ano Poli (also called Old Town and literally the Upper Town), the heritage listed district north of Thessaloniki’s city center that was not engulfed by the city’s great fire of 1917 and was declared a UNESCO heritage site.
The high standard properties newly constructed on average have an oven/stove and basic electro –domestics as well as kitchen furniture.
These will include basic electrical appliances and kitchen furniture as well as basic furniture required for bedrooms and living room, soft furnishings such as curtains are also included. Furnishings can be negotiated with the owner.
Fully furnished property:
This includes all that is in a semi furnished property as well as soft furnishings and linen (sheets, towels, table clothes, etc.) Sometimes garden or veranda furniture.
Please note: The standard of furniture in semi or furnished properties is not always that of expatriate standard but can however be negotiated with the landlord.
There is some flexibility but usually the landlord will ask for an increase in the rental fee if specific works are requested in the property or specific furnishings.
This depends on the Relocation Package you have; HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.
It is not common practice to pay a down payment to hold a property during negotiation but this could be asked for on occasion. It depends on the individual landlord.
Initial rental payment : this is usually one months rent but sometimes landlords ask for an initial payment of several months in advance , 6 months or even one year ( a tenant that is prepared to make such payment will have priority in obtaining the property ).
Security deposit: this is usually 2 months of the rental value.
Real Estate Agency fee: this is 2 months of the rental value – one month is to be paid by the tenant and one by the landlord .
If the property is located in a building with other neighbours, common expenses are shared accordingly to the square meters of the property and the floor where the property is located. The lower the floor and the smaller the property, the less is paid . These condominium charges are usually made monthly.
Once a suitable property is identified, the lease is negotiated until agreement is reached by both parties , then payment is made and lease signed.
Provided the property is left in good condition and in the same condition as when consigned ( apart from usual wear and tear ) the deposit should be returned. Landlords will often try to find reasons to hold on to the security deposit, so it is essential that a detailed check in inventory is taken at the time of moving in.
The tenant is responsible for all minor maintenance of the property, this will be clearly specified in the lease contract.
Only with written permission granted by the landlord.
The standard lease period is 3 years, negociable up to 2 years. The lease text is standard and clauses cannot be changed. Break clause practically does not exist.
The tenant has to pay for water, electricity and sometimes gas ( very few properties have gas) Also telephone if there is a landline to the property.
Electricity, water and gas contracts remain in the name of the landlord , normally the landlord asks the tenant to change the telephone contract into his/her own name.
All bills are delivered by mail to the address of the property.
Electricity bills : Every two months.
Water bills : Every three months.
Gas bills: Every month. (Not many houses or apartments have this service)
Payment can be made directly to the utility company concerned ( by Bank transfer or credit card or directly at the representative office ) , at the local post-office or at any place selling ‘ lotto’.
Yes, this is available.
An ID document, a Residency document and proof of address.
Usually one month, depending on the service provider selected.
Telephone bills arrive to the property address According to the company providing the service. (Every month or every two months).
EU citizens of the European Union can use their own licenses for driving in Greece. Other nationals should obtain an International driving license.
You can bring a car to Greece assuming you have owned it for six months or more. If you’re planning on keeping it in Greece (after the first six months) you’ll need to get an export certificate from the DVLA and if you take up residency you’ll have to register the car in Greece and get Greek number plates.
Tourists from other EU Member States, whose cars are registered in that EU State, are free to circulate in Greece for a period of six months without customs control. The car registration document and proof of ownership of a caravan or boat is required. Travellers should at all times be able to prove to the authorities when the car was brought into Greece.
To qualify for a second period of tax free circulation: either both the car and the owner should be out of Greece for at least 185 days or while the owner is away, the vehicle can remain at a special Customs compound in Greece for the period stated. Greek road tax is payable for all additional periods of circulation. The entitlement to circulate on foreign plates is strictly personal, consequently only the wife/husband or children may use the car in addition to the owner.
A foreigner can purchase a car but once purchased it must be registered and residency status is required in order to register a vehicle in Greece.
Registering a car in Greece
Once you have purchased your car, you must register it. In order to do that, you will have to show proof of insurance. If you plan to drive the car into other EU countries, you should get International Motor Insurance, also called “Green Card” insurance.
EU citizens do not need a Work Permit, but must register only if their stay is for longer than 90 days.
Non-EU workers require a Work Visa and a Work and Residence Permit.
If you are applying for a Work Permit as a manager or executive position, your family members can obtain an entry visa and a Residence Permit for the same length of your permit.
The whole process can take several months.
– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Netowork’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.
During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.
Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.
HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of a document proving position within the Company.
The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of EMC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.
Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.
For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.
To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.
HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.
We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.
Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.
All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.
All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.
All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.
All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.
In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.
Area: 131,940 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+2
Capital city: Athens
Bordering countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Macedonia
Climate: temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers.
Stateform: parliamentary republic
Legislative Branch: unicameral Parliament
National Holiday: 25 March
Currency: euro (EUR)
Population: 10.7 million
Ethnic groups: Greek majority with a small Turkish community
Religion: Greek Orthodox majority and Muslim