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Doing Business in Greece

The Greek Language

The Greek language is of ancient Greek origin. The ancient Greek alphabet, which is the same as the one used in Modern Greek, is one of the oldest in Europe and consists of 24 letters.

Α,α[=alien] Β,β[=video] Γ,γ[=yellow] Δ,δ[=there]Ε,ε[=Ellen] Ζ,ζ[=Zeus] Η,η[=idiot] Θ,θ[=thorn] Ι,ι[=idiosyncratic] Κ,κ[=Kent] Λ,λ[=lemon] Μ,μ[=morning] Ν,ν[=nature] Ξ,ξ[=x] Ο,ο[=olive] Π,π[partner] Ρ,ρ[=real] Σ,σ[=storm] Τ,τ[=treasure] Υ,υ[=if] Φ,φ[=federal]Χ,χ[=heel] Ψ,ψ[=psychology] Ω,ω[=open].

However, you should keep in mind that, apart from the regular alphabet letters, people in Greece also use combinations of these letters, so they also have: αι, as in helicopter, ει, οι, υι, also as in idiot, ου for unisex, μπ for business, ντ for donuts, τς for children, and finally γγand γκas in Greece. You may have realized by now that the Greek language is extremely complicated both in terms of spelling and pronunciation, although it is worth mentioning that all grammar and spelling rules are totally justified by definitions and ancient origins of the words. 

 Traveling Around Greece for Business

There is an extensive public transportation system in Greece. Within Athens, there is a brand new metro, tram and bus network, which became available after the Olympic Games in 2004. This system of transportation covers all Attica, i.e. Athens, Piraeus [Athens’ closest port just 15 min away] and also all of the surrounding areas.

There is also a very extensive network of buses, trains and airplanes connecting the mainland of Greece, in addition to one of the best boat and ferry networks in Europe, connecting the mainland of Greece to Italy, Turkey etc. Timetables for buses, trains and ferries can be found on the internet, where an extensive list of hotels can also be found. If you wish to drive in Greece, you should keep in mind the following points:

 Important Business Tips

  Investing in Greece

Investing in property is rather a good option in Greece. There are lots of real estate agencies and you will find a lot of advertisements in the local newspapers. Make sure that you find yourself a good lawyer before taking any action towards the property that interests you. He or she will be able to help you with everything you might need to ask, and in addition, he or she will be able to do all the paperwork that is needed. You should also ask for Ministry approvals, and make sure you check tax rates, capital gains tax laws and any other relevant laws.

Health Care in Greece

In case you need a doctor or a dentist while you are doing business in Greece, you will be able to address a specialist in your area that will offer a very good-quality treatment. In case of emergency you can use the emergency hospitals in your area, which will treat you immediately and often for free. The most convenient way to arrange this would be through your hosts/partner/hotel.

In case you need a specific medicine, you should have in mind that there will always be at least one pharmacy open in your area even at nighttime. The list of those pharmacies that change their time schedule every day will be posted in all pharmacies’ windows. However, keep in mind that you will need a prescription for most antibiotics.

Wining and Dining


If you wish to do some sightseeing while you are doing business in Greece you really have lots of options. If you are in Athens, don’t forget to visit the “Acropolis” right in the heart of the city where you will see the well-known Parthenon, ancient temple of Athena, as well as well the Erechthium and the museum. Herodes ancient theater is also on the same location. The ancient “Agora” in Theseum is also a popular sight. The National Archeological Musem is located in Patision road, also in central Athens. The temple of Poseidon in cape Sounio also worth seeing where you will admire one of the best sunsets in Europe. If you are located in Thessalonica, the Vergina’s museum - that hosts a large amount of findings that are associated with Alexander the Great - is definitely a must.

Other popular sights are the Knossos and Festus palaces in Crete, the Mycenaean palace in Peloponnesus, the “Manteo” in Delphi, the ancient monuments of secret Delos, etc.

However, combining business with vacation in Greece, if possible, is highly recommended. Travel around the Aegean or the Ionian, enjoy the Greek sun, the dream beaches, and you will simply love doing business in Greece.


Athens by night is probably the liveliest city in Europe. It literally never sleeps. So if you are doing business in Athens [or any other big city in Greece] and want to go out, you will have hundreds of different options. There are different magazines that include all these options, such as “Exodos”, “Athenorama” etc., and can enlighten you about restaurants, theaters, cinemas, bars, clubs, concerts, special events etc.

 Superstition and Customs

 Body Language


Shopping is very popular in Greece, and so is exchanging presents. If you want to impress your partners, offer them a present that represents somehow your country or your business, or your relationship, or even something that can’t be found in their country. This gesture will be highly appreciated. 

There are a lot of different shopping centers in Greece, such as THE MALL, ATTICA, in Athens, as well as hundreds of individual stores that are usually open from 9.00 till 20.30 or 21.00 on week days, and 9.00-15.00 on Saturdays. On Sundays, all stores and businesses are closed.


Useful Numbers[when calling from a local telephone]

Police: 100

Medical emergency-ambulance: 166

Fire department: 199

Yellow pages service: 118 88 [you will be able to find contact details of hotels, restaurants, companies, people, everything.]

AthensAirportEl.Venizelos: 210-9666666

Hellasflying dolphins [Ferries Company] 210-4199000

Ticket Hellas [theater bookings]:210-6789300

Useful Vocabulary

Καλημέρα[calimera]:good morning

Καληνύχτα[calinihta]:good night

Καλησπέρα[calispera]:good evening


Εις υγείαν[iss egean]:cheers

Χαίρω πολύ[hero poly]:nice to meet you

Ευχαριστώ[eyharisto]:thank you




Ευθεία[eythia]:straight forward






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