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Expats in Crete
International Community - Making Friends, Community Support
There is a large international community living in Crete which has grown fairly rapidly in recent years. Since Greece opened up its
laws to allow foreigners to purchase property there has been a steady influx of people moving to Crete permanently, for retirement or
to work and settle, as well as those purchasing holiday homes and spending some extended time in Crete.
Brits make up the majority of 'expats' in Crete, but there are many other nationalities including German, French, Dutch, Swedish,
Finnish, Italian, American and Australian amongst others.
The major towns and most populated areas of Crete are all located along the North coast, from Kissamos and Chania in the west to
Agios Nikolaos and Sitia in the east. The majority live in or near the major north coast towns and villages, but ex-pats can be found in
every corner of Crete.
There are a number of international organisations in Crete which arrange walks, social evenings, get-togethers and charity events.
Those of all nationalities are welcome to join.
These groups also offer support to newcomers to Crete and can help with easing the transition into Crete living.
The CIC (Cretan International Community) is a group of people, mainly from all over Northern Europe who either live in Crete
permanently or spend a considerable amount of on the island. Based in Rethymno, they meet for coffee the first Monday of every
month and organize many social events including meals out, games and social evenings, bus excursions etc. .They also support local
good causes. Full details can be found on their web-site www.thecic.eu and Facebook page.
The International Society of Kissamos Area (ISKA)
ISKA website details and membership www.iska.gr
ISKA is a group set up to help and support expats living in the Kissamos area.
The Cultural Organisation of the Foreign Residents of Aghios Nikolaos - International Committee.
INCO was formed in 1998 to represent the interests of all of the foreign residents in the town and the surrounding villages.
See their website for more information: www.inconews.com
There are also Associations for German, French, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Italian and Dutch citizens, some of which run associated
part time language schools for bi-lingual children who attend main stream Greek school.
Helpline Crete - Cancer Support Crete
Bringing together those in need in Crete with those who can offer help. Wondering how to cope with cancer or bereavement and how
to find your way through the system in Greece? Cancer Support Crete is a support group for people who have been through or who
are undergoing treatment for cancer in Crete.
Websites: Helpline Crete and www.cancersupportcrete.com
Churches and Christian groups on Crete
Christians in Crete http://christiansincrete.org is a community hub for all the churches and Christian groups based in Crete.