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UPDATE Court finds ex National Theater director Dimitris Lignadis guilty in 2 of 4 rape cases

The Mixed Jury Court in Athens found the former director of National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, guilty for two of four rape cases on Wednesday. The ruling was decided with a majority of votes. The defendant was in trial for the sexual abuse of three minors and one young adult man. …

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Easter 2022: Greeks return home after loads of lamb and booze

With their cholesterol at the usual Easter-high levels thousands of Greeks returned home after a long an relaxing weekend in the countryside or the islands a mass exodus after two years of lockdown and movement restrictions. Ferries and ships docked at full capacity at the ports, intercity buses, airplanes and …

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Cannabis use in Athens “among highest in Europe”; pandemic increased use of antidepressants, cocaine

Cannabis use in Attica is among the highest in Europe and Athens ranks fifth or sixth in Europe, said professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Athens, Nikos Thomaidis. Increase is also the us of antidepressants, anti=psychotic drugs and of cocaine, especially in the winter months during the pandemic …

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Ice skating rink opens at Kotzias Square in central Athens on Dec 14

The City of Athens opens an ice skating rink to the public on Tuesday, December 14 at Kotzias Square, where City Hall is located. The 400sqm rink will be open from 10:00 to 22:00 daily until Thursday, January 6, 2022. Online reservations are necessary, and skaters can book appointments at …

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Experience Park opens at old Athens airport Hellinikon Project on Dec 20

Lamda Development is opening the Experience Park, part of the Metropolitan Park of the Hellinikon project, on December 20, six months earlier than scheduled. It is the first part of a multi-million project that Lamda delivers. The Experience Park covers an area of more than 70 stremma (7 hectares) in …

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Christmas season: Extended opening hours for shopping Dec 12- Jan 2

The retail sector in Athens announced on Wednesday the extended opening hours in the Greek capital for the holiday season. The new scedule includes two Sundays before Christmas where the shops will be open. The Athens Trade Association says the suggested opening hours will apply from December 12, 2021 are: …

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Christmas Tree illuminated in downtown Athens earlier this year

Holiday season came to Greek capital Athens earlier this year as the Mayor decided to illuminate the Christmas tree still in the month of November. The tree was illuminated up late Tuesday afternoon, without previous announcement and without music performance or any event in order to avoid crowding of people …

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UNESCO designates Thessaloniki as a City of Gastronomy

The UNESCO has designated Thessaloniki as a City of Gastronomy. It is the first Greek city to receive this title which is part of the Creative Cities Network. On 8 November, UNESCO unveiled the newest members of its Creative Cities Network. Created in 2004, this network seeks to promote the …

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The Japanese Garden: Tranquility of the Far-East in the “heart” of Athens

The city of Athens got its first-ever Japanese garden, which is located in Nereidon Park on Michalakopoulou Street, near the National Gallery. A ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the project, which is part of the Athens Municipality’s “Adopt Your City” programme, was held on Wednesday. The Athens Japanese …

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Written exams for foreigners to obtain Greek citizenship

Written exams for the naturalization of foreign residents started on Sunday with a total of 2,465 people to have registered for the first exams to obtain the Certificate of Knowledge Adequacy for Naturalization (PEGP). Most of the candidates are of Albanian descent, there are also candidates from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, …

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