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Living in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city with a population of about one million inhabitants. It is located in the northern part of Greece, in the region of Macedonia, 550 Km. north of Athens. Thessaloniki is also the second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center of Greece and a major transportation hub of southeastern Europe. Its commercial port is of great importance for Greece and its southeast European hinterland.

A relaxed lifestyle and a great variety of delicious food can be experienced in the restaurants and ouzeries, being among the best in Greece. At the welcoming Cafés, one can not only enjoy local specialties but also adore the view of Mount Olympus. Thessaloniki is home to a number of festivals and events, including the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has been established as one of the most important film festivals in Southeastern Europe. The “Demitria” festival has focused on a wide range of events including music, theater, dance and art exhibitions. The “International Festival of Photography” takes place every year and exhibitions for the event are sited at various places such as museums, heritage landmarks and galleries.

Ancient ruins are to be found in the city, Roman and Byzantine sites, several museums and of course the ruins of Vergina, at car distance from Thessaloniki, which include the tomb of Phillip, father of Alexander the Great, attract the interest of thousands of visitors every year. For the sun-lovers, the best beaches and one of the most beautiful natures of Greece are to be found in Chalkidiki and other nearby areas. Two of Greece’s largest and one International University, as well as a U.S-affiliated private College established in the city attract students from throughout Greece and the southern Balkans. Also, many countries have established representation through consulates, cultural centres or honorary consuls in Thessaloniki.