Living in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece, established 2300 years ago. A significant historical and multicultural city, with a population of 1,1 million, located in the north of the country and capital of the Region of Central Macedonia. It is the administrative, cultural and business centre of northern Greece.

The coast at the Aegean Sea is one of the largest urban seafronts of Europe and has an excellent view of the famous Mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is well known for its 30 museums, 15 UNESCO monuments, the delicious food and the nearby beaches of Halkidiki and Pieria. It has historical landmarks, such as the Byzantine walls, the arch of Galerius and the Rotunda, the White Tower and Aristotelous Square. One can enjoy its annual festivities such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film and Documentary Festival. The variety of bars and coffeeplaces all over the city are only some of the aspects of this vibrant modern city.

Apart from the cultural and historical elements, the city of Thessaloniki is also known for its scientific contribution. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, one of the main universities of the city, is the largest university in Greece and the Balkans. Being a young student in Thessaloniki is the best choice in scientific and financial terms. Contemporary yet affordable, Thessaloniki is a modern European city. However, it has a relatively low cost of living and can satisfy the needs of the students’ budget.

Moreover, Thessaloniki is among the 100 safest cities of European Union according to Eurostat and the average of 7,1 hours of sunshine per day is one of the highest in Europe (Europe’s average is 5,45 h/d).

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