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

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.

West Crete

Cretan International Community (C.I.C)
Chania & Rethymnon
CIC Website details and membership
The CIC produce a monthly newsletter with articles, local  events, classified ads etc.  and is
available to buy from:
Chania: "To Pazari' secondhand shop, Daskalogianni St, Splantzia, Chania.
Rethymnon: News Stand, Agnostou Square, Rethymnon.

The International Society of Kissamos Area (ISKA)
Kastelli Kissamos
ISKA website details and membership
ISKA  is a group set up to help and support expats living in the Kissamos area.

East Crete

Agios Nikolaos
The Cultural Organisation of the Foreign Residents of  Aghios Nikolaos - International
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:

Other Groups

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.  
Helpline Crete and

Churches and Christian groups on Crete
Christians in Crete is a community hub for all the churches and
Christian groups based in Crete.

Copyright 2004-2014  Carol Palioudaki.  Expats in Crete International Community.
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