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Today’s bank rates:
1 €UR = £0.9062 GBP
1 €UR = $1.1230 USD
£1 GBP = 1.1035 €UR
$1 USD = 0.8905 €UR

Based on Alpha Bank exchange rates, these are widely used by exchange agencies in Greece.
Other banks likely to offer a different rate which may be marginally higher or lower.
Banks and foreign exchange offices normally charge standard 2% commission.
You may get a better rate changing your holiday money in advance at e.g the Post Office.
NB: some f-ex agencies advertise "No Commission".
Invariably, they deduct commission before they (don't) advertise the rate.
Foreign exchange offices are businesses, not charities.

Ten day weather forecast for Kefalonia:
This is an overall forecast, due to the mountainous terrain the weather can be very localised.
Updated forecast @

Day, Date   Hi°/Lo°   Wind sp   Wet   Forecast
Tue 31/01   12°/07°   26 km/h   80%   Showers probable, winds possible
Wed 01/02   12°/09°   12 km/h   01%   Sunny
Thu 02/02   14°/09°   09 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud
Fri 03/02   14°/07°   26 km/h   59%   Light rain probable
Sat 04/02   13°/08°   29 km/h   22%   Mostly sunny, winds possible
Sun 05/02   13°/08°   19 km/h   01%   Sunny
Mon 06/02   13°/08°   16 km/h   49%   Showers possible
Tue 07/02   11°/07°   17 km/h   63%   Showers probable
Wed 08/02   11°/07°   18 km/h   18%   Sun & cloud
Thu 09/02   12°/08°   18 km/h   24%   Sun & cloud


--- Quote ---Below freezing temperatures in many parts of Greece on Monday

Frost was recorded in central and northern Greece on Monday morning with temperatures reaching -7 Celsius.
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--- Quote ---Government to present application to help farmers protect crops against freezing conditions

A new application developed by the rural development and foods ministry to give farmers early warning of oncoming frost is to be unveiled next week. Its aim is to restrict crop losses due to frost each year, as well as the amounts paid in compensation, which have reached an estimated 1.25 billion euros in the last 23 years.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Deputy Rural Development and Foods Minister Giorgos Georgantas said the application will "free farmers' hands" and was simple to use.

Initially it will be available online via the digital governance ministry (, while a mobile app will be available by the end of the month.
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--- Quote ---UK firefighters vote to strike in row over pay
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--- Quote ---Teachers' strike set to go ahead with more than 23,000 schools expected to be affected

The latest wave of strikes is beginning to qualify, if not as a general strike, then certainly another winter of discontent. ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
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--- Quote ---New powers to curb strike disruption approved by MPs

MPs have backed plans aimed at enforcing minimum service levels for some sectors during strikes.

Under the bill, some employees, including in the rail industry and emergency services, would be required to work during industrial action - and could be sacked if they refuse.

The bill passed by 315 votes to 246 but will face further scrutiny in the House of Lords before it becomes law.

Labour said the proposals ripped up protections against unfair dismissal.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also raised concerns about the bill, saying it was "badly written" and vague.

The former business minister said he supported the aims of the legislation and would not vote against it but hoped it would be amended in the House of Lords.

He criticised a so-called "Henry VIII clause" in the bill, which would allow ministers to amend the legislation after it has become law without full parliamentary scrutiny.

"On what basis can any government claim to have the power to amend legislation that has not yet been passed? The only argument for doing it, which no government would wish to advance, could be incompetence," he said.
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