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Emergency Services

The Police At any given time, policemen abound in Greece. Whether they are taking care of illegal entrants, chasing wild goats, rounding up sheep, directing traffic or offering help to stranded tourists, the Greek policeman is a courteous fellow offering help to anyone who needs it.

As a tourist, a policeman is your first stop towards getting information.

Most policemen speak English, unless you are up in the Mountains in which case, gesture-speak will certainly get your message home.

In the old days, there were 'astinomikós' which meant policeman and 'horofílakas' which translated as 'guardian of place' but they have been assimilated together.

Everywhere in Greece, the telephone number for the police is 100. Pick up a phone anywhere (if you find one that hasn't been vandalised - yes Greece suffers from that as well) and you dial 100.

In villages and small towns, the police station is normally found in the central square, just behind the typical white and blue squad car.

Dont be afraid of the Greek police. In contrast with many places the 'astinomikos' is the fellow who will join you at an eatery; who will give you some local color and who will guide you towards your next place.

Emergency = 100

Ambulance and fire are also found on this number.

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