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Is Athens, Attica a good place to live? How is the quality of life?

five local experts

While quality of life is something of an elusive or ill-defined concept, it can be boiled down to "Is Athens a good place to live?" or "Is Athens a bad place to live?" Here's what five local experts had to say about quality of life and overall happiness in Athens, Attica.

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Athens is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe combining many various aspects (tradition, history, culture, entertainment-among others) and covering all ‘tastes’. It can be visited all over the year, without the need of spending much money for exploring it adequately. I would be more than happy to provide more specific details and personalized information upon your request.

Theodoros, says: 2020

Athens is what you would normally consider a typical Greek city: it has a vibrant culture; is filled with rich historical value and embodies the comforts ascribed to Greeks all over the world. There are, however, more than a few people who are unhappy with the number of immigrants that crosses into their borders and frequently acts out against them. Athens at night is a sight to behold, but one should be careful walking the back streets and alleys all by yourself. It’s not to say something bad will ever happen – it is just better to be safe rather than sorry.

Konstantinos, says: 2020

A person moving to Athens, Greece, should be mainly aware of how people drive. They would see anything from drivers ignoring “STOP” signs, to honking the nanosecond the light turns green. It seems as though everyone is on such a rush when behind the wheel. On the other hand, even on the most stressful situations, you will find Greek folks to be rather relaxed and carefree.

Aikaterini, says: 2020

I did not realise that long distances and commutes time were part of everyday life here. When selecting an area of residence, it is best to avoid the centre, if possible, due to higher crime rates, and try to find an apartment in the suburbs. Though, again, one should be cautious and look into the transportation options available in each area. On the whole, while Athens may not be a pretty city, it has a character that reflects centuries of history and I would unreservedly recommend visiting the museum of the City of Athens, a hidden gem within the city’s heart, that informs visitors of the Athens’ modern age.

Someone moving to Athens should take into consideration the differences between a small town and a capital city. In particular, Athens is a crowded city with high levels of pollution. The situation is exacerbated by traffic congestion and high crime rates. However, there are certain benefits such as greater employment prospects and a greater variety of recreational activities. This person should consider whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and make a proper decision. This decision will highly determine the level of well-being of that particular individual, therefore it ought to be considered thoroughly.

Gregory, says: 2020
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