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