by Markus Stolz

Greek authorities can be quite stiff about their regulations. They can also be quite irrational up to the point that it's simply beyond any logical argument to refute them. In 1998 my eldest daughter Sophia was born in London. We got her British birth certificate in the ever so efficient British way – it took all but 10 minutes at the registry office. We also went on to register the birth at the Greek and German embassies, to ensure that the she would obtain both these citizenships. At the Greek ...

There are many good things about having four kids. And there is one good thing in particular, about having four kids in Greece. It gives the family a special status, called polyteknos, which means the equivalent of "with many children". The state offers support to these families in several ways, as a social ...

Birthday parties are a non-event for adult Greeks, as name days are far more important. For children however, birthday parties are imperative, which is of course as it should be. When I was a child, I would invite 5 to 10 friends to my house, and lots of games would be played. In today’s world everything is ...

It is always an experience to travel with Greeks; my personal highlight is to travel with lots of Greeks on a plane. For most people, “chaotic” would be the single best fittingly term to describe this. I just returned from 3-day trip to Hamburg via Zurich. I applaud the airlines that do their best to ensure an efficient boarding by ...