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Ermoupoli port
Ermoupoli port
Seal of Ermoupoli
Ermoupoli is located in Greece
Coordinates 37°26′N 24°55′E / 37.433°N 24.917°E / 37.433; 24.917Coordinates: 37°26′N 24°55′E / 37.433°N 24.917°E / 37.433; 24.917
Country: Greece
Administrative region: South Aegean
Regional unit: Syros
Municipality: Syros-Ermoupoli
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 13,400
 - Area: 11.325 km2 (4 sq mi)
 - Density: 1,183 /km2 (3,065 /sq mi)
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 0–10 m ­(0–33 ft)
Postal code: 841 00
Telephone: 22810
Auto: ΕΜ

Ermoupoli (Greek: Ερμούπολη), also known by the formal older name Ermoupolis or Hermoupolis (Greek: Ἑρμούπολις < Ἑρμοῦ πόλις "Town of Hermes"), is a town and former municipality on the island of Syros, in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Syros-Ermoupoli, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] It is also the capital of the South Aegean region.


Ermoupoli was founded during the Greek Revolution in the 1820s, as an extension to the existing Ano Syros township. It soon became the leading commercial and industrial center of Greece, as well as its main port. The renowned Greek Steamship Company was founded in the city in 1856. Thousands of ships were built in the various Syros shipyards.

Eventually Ermoupoli was eclipsed by Piraeus in the late 19th century. In the following decades the city declined. Recently, its economy has greatly improved, based on the service industry.

Panoramic view of the harbour.
The Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of the city.

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Ermoupoli is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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