Visiting

Business hours

Depending on the industry from 8.00am-3.00pm for factories and 9.00am-4.00/5.00pm for companies. Business hours may vary.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 6 – Epiphany
March 25 – Independence Day
April 6 – Good Friday
April 9 – Easter Monday
May 1 – May Day
May 24 – Orthodox Whit Monday
August 15 – Feast of the Assumption
October 28 – Okhi Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St Stephen’s Day

Climate

Greece has a typical Mediterranean climate. Summer is very hot, often 35°C or higher and dry inland and humid on the coast. Usually, the weather heats up in early May, peaks in August, and cools down again in early October. Winters can be quite mild, drab and wet, with January and February the coolest months. Spring and autumn are both long and very pleasant.

Due to a combination of weather and vacation patterns, the periods to avoid for business are the Christmas-New Year week, a week each side of Easter and, unless urgent, mid-summer.

For weather details in Greece, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The Euro (€) is the official currency for all transactions. One Euro is made up of 100 cents. Euro notes are common to all Euro zone countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain), while the coins are customised with the national symbol. Both Euro notes and coins can be spent in any Euro zone country.

Time zones and time differences

Greece is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time. Greece observes daylight savings time from the end of March to the end of September.

To find out the current time in Athens, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Greece's country code is 30.

For calls to Greece from Australia dial: 0011 + 30 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Greece to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Greece’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The two round-pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Greece – www.visitgreece.gr
GoGreece.com – www.gogreece.com

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