Holidays are very important to them, but organizing these is a different matter all together. The consequences are, that during the two weeks around Christmas, the Easter holidays, the Bank holidays and the two weeks around the 15th of August, the country comes to an almost standstill. Also private matters are important. Don’t be at all surprised that, when in need of a certain civil- official (of whom no replacement ofcourse is available) in the beginning of December, his colleagues will tell you with pokerfaces, that the man is not there, because he is picking his olives!
If you were to count all the Greek men in the coffee corners (kafenio’s) during the day and evening, you could be asking yourself if anyone is working at all in this country.
Furthermore the Greeks don’t need a lot of income, because many of them own a house, often have two cars and seem to have everything they really need.
Greece is without a doubt one of the poorest countries in Europe, but can also count more millionaires among its inhabitants than any other country, which ofcourse makes us wonder about things.