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Information about KOS Kos lies very close to Asia Minor and 201 nautical miles from Piraeus. It has an area of 290 sq. km., a coastline of 112 km. and a population of 20,000. Kos can be reached by air from Athens and Rhodes or by ferry from Piraeus, Rafina, the Cyclades, the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean, Kavala, Crete, Rhodes and the other islands of the Dodecanese. Alexander the Great conquered Kos in 336 BC and was succeeded on his death by the Ptolemies. During the Byzantine period it was again prosperous, but was subject to constant raids by enemies, of whom the most dangerous were the Saracens. In 1315, the Knights of St. John of Rhodes became masters of the island, and, about a century later, began to build the great fortress and other fortifications which today stand at the entrance to the harbour. In 1522, the Turks conquered the island and they held it for almost four centuries until 1912, when the Italians took the island. Finally, Kos was incorporated into Greece in 1948. Today, Kos is one of the most places most visited by tourists in Greece. One of the reasons is its climate, which is mild most of the year. In addition, there are long hours of sunshine, vast beaches, many sites of historical interest, and plenty of nightlife, all of which add to the appeal of the city of Kos and make it an international centre of tourism.
 
Available Trades in KOS BARS - RESTAURANTS - CAFES - CLUBS & CATERING
BUSINESS SERVICES
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ELECTRONICS & ELECTROTHECHNICS
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MOTORING
SALES & SERVICES - MAIL ORDER & E-SHOPPING
 


GREECE

General Information
Capital: Athens
Area: 131,990 km2
Population: 11,257,285 (January 1, 2009).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used
IDD: +30
Emergency number: 100
Timezone: GMT +2 Hrs (+3 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Greek

Government
Government: Parliamentary Republic

Religion
Religion: 98% Greek Orthodox, other religious denominations.

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 CHF = 66.1543

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,5

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 110 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right .The minimum age for driving is 18.

Driving License
Driving License: A national driving licence is acceptable for EU nationals. Nationals of non-EU countries may need an International Driving Permit and should contact ELPA.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany; Shrove Monday (variable), Mar 25 Feast of the Annunciation/Independence Day, May 1 Labor Day; Orthodox Good Friday (variable), Aug 15 Assumption Day, Oct 28 National Day, Dec 25 Christmas Day, Dec 26 St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A91011152025282724191511
P6237372323146715515671
S456891112129754
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 & 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 38 00 N, 23 43 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat: 8.00-14.00/Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.00-14.00 and
17.30-20.30. Most holiday resort shops stay open late in the evening.


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