Of 100 Cities for Job Prospects, Athens Dead Last

November 22, 2018

ATHENS – With scores of thousands, including many of the country’s best and brightest, having moved to other countries in search of work and a better life during a more than 8 1/2-year-long economic crisis, almost nobody wants to come from abroad to work in Greece’s capital city.

Athens ranked last of 100 cities in a list drafted by German company Movinga concerning the best destinations for finding a job. Using data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Movinga gave Greece a grade of just 3.79 points out of 10, said Kathimerini.

Each city’s final grade is based on three main criteria: the economic health of businesses, living standards, and opportunities for young people, women and foreigners.

Athens got less than 1 point (0.94) in terms of employment opportunities for young people, and 3.76 regarding new startups. Figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority show Athens was the Greek region with the highest rate of unemployment (19.7 percent) after Epirus in August.

In jobs for foreigners, Athens got a mark of just 1.93 points, the same as its score for businesses’ economic standing.

Living standards would have scored higher than 4.56 points were it not for the low mark for Greek government efficiency – just 0.34 points. In opportunities for women, Athens received a respectable grade of 5.90 points, but in terms of women’s chances of rising to senior positions, it got just 3.25 points with a clientelist system favoring political hires instead of those on merit.


ATHENS - The politically volatile European Parliament elections, a time during which no candidate wants to make waves, has led to Greece temporarily setting aside development of wind farm projects that had been viewed as essential to developing sustainable sources.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


If an uninformed person had attended the Mitsotakis-Erdogan press conference a few days ago in Ankara, s/he could have come to the conclusion that the meeting was planned in order to discuss whether Hamas is a terrorist or a patriotic organization.

As part of a club documentary offering an inside view of his final days at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp was asked by the filmmakers to stand alone on The Kop one afternoon and gaze out around Anfield.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In 2018, Chad McGehee opened Side Hustle Brews and Spirits, an Abu Dhabi-branded brewery and distillery with funky camels on its cans and playful names familiar to anyone living in the United Arab Emirates.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Israel strongly denied charges of genocide on Friday, telling the United Nations’ top court it was doing everything it could to protect the civilian population during its military operation in Gaza.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.