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    brian c
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        Hi folks …this is info which i gathered earlier in the year, with some help from the folks in here, the post seems to have been a victim of our sites recent problems, so I’ve reposted it as quite a few people found it of some help

        feb 2009
        Thought you may find this of some interest
        I plan to move to Crete over the next 2 to 3 years ( to retire a little young).
        I have scoured the net for all the available “cost of living” sites and haven’t seen any numbers change for at least 2 years, and even they may be a few years out of date, so with the help of a number of good people that live on the Greek islands(both brits and cretians) I put together this ..updated cost of living for a brit moving to Geece, your comments would be appreciated.
        Note that this is aimed at a “modest” standard of living for 2 adults for 1 whole year, and not just ..how much do I need to survive?, as we know Greeks and brits that have been in Greece for a few years, know the best places to shop etc and can “survive” on less.

        Also in your first year you will have set up costs i.e phone line, garden furniture, satellite dish, etc

        euro .. euro
        1. RENT/MORTGAGE …………………… € 3,600 to € 7,000 VARIES FROM 2 BED FLAT TO 3 BED HOUSE
        2. FOOD FOR A YEAR……………….…. € 4,000 to € 7,500 depends on your diet, do you grow food etc
        3. RATES………………………………….….. € 80 .. ……… CURRENTLY 80 EURO BUT MAY GO UP TO 200 OVER NEXT YEAR
        4. WATER…………………………………….… € 150
        5. ELECTRICITY…………….……………… € 550 .. PLUS
        6. OIL/WOOD/HEATING/………………. € 500 .. 2/3 BED HOUSE WOULD BE NEARER 750-1000 EURO
        7. TV LICENCE …………………… € 51 .. ……… WHETHER YOU HAVE A TV OR NOT
        8. INTERNET&PHONE…….…………….. € 600 .. PHONE AND INTERNET OFTEN COME AS A PACKAGE DEAL
        9. CLOTHING………………………………… € 560 .. ……… I WISH MY WIFE WOULD READ THIS
        10. EMERGENCY /MAINTENANCE… € 550
                                                  € 10,641 TOTAL OF ITEMS 1 TO 10 THAT ARE PRIORITIES
        EXTRAS
        ENTERTAINMENT(i.e.eating out) € 3,200 ..   EATING OUT TWICE A WEEK AT 15 EURO A HEAD
        CAR COST/REPAYMENTS YEARLY .. € 1,600 .. ………. DEPENDS ON CAR OF COURSE
        One CAR FUEL FOR A YEAR…………. € 1,100 .. ………. DEPENDS ON MILAGE
        CAR INSURANCE & road tax……….. € 650 to € 1,150   DEPENDANT ON CAR SIZE
        INSURANCE LIFE……………………………. € 700
        INSURANCE BUILDING………………..… € 300
        INSURANCE CONTENTS……………..…. € 170
        INSURANCE HEALTH…………………..…. € 1,800 … FOR 2 PEOPLE, ..or do you qualify for nat health/ika
        SKY TELEVISION…………………….…….…. € 400 .. not sure on this price for sky?
        HOLIDAYS/FLIGHTS TO BRITAIN.…. € 2,200
          GRAND TOTAL FOR EVERYTHING € 22,761 .. PLUS ONE OF SET UP COSTS OF AT LEAST €3000

        A number of folks were good enough to pass comment, that I was a little heavy or a little light on the odd item, but its all in the right general area …   any comments would be welcomed as these figures were put together over 8 months ago.

        brian

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        #17203
        eleni
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            There was an interesting article on yesterdays evening news saying that 25% of Greeks are still earning less than 700 Euro per month, – Yes its election time, but I can confirm in this area I know quite a lot of locals in what you would think were "good" jobs (offices and the like) on this sort of wage.
            Btw looking at the above list I estimate that our outgoings ( 2 people ) are at least 12k Euro less than the above so it really depends very much on your lifestyle :)

            #17435
            .:Bill:.
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                Yes a lot of local govt jobs are badly paid, the benefits are ika contributions for pension and such like. The real benefits are the networking opertunities. I know some people who are earning as little as 350 a month, but they seem to think it’s worth it.

                #17601
                brian c
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                    Eleni
                    your comment about being 12k under the total amount above is very reassuring, as my pension fund is not looking as healthy as it did 2 years ago. ;D

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                    MartinP
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                        any comments would be welcomed

                        Sucking out the septic tank.
                        Mobile phone ownership & usage.

                        #17801
                        skaletaguy
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                            wow yeah, i can cut that down to about 6000 euros a year, ok thats for one person, it really depends on your lifestyle.

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