Imathia

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Imathia
Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Ημαθίας
Regional unit
Municipalities of Imathia
Municipalities of Imathia
Imathia within Greece
Imathia within Greece
Coordinates: 40°35′N 22°15′E / 40.583°N 22.250°E / 40.583; 22.250Coordinates: 40°35′N 22°15′E / 40.583°N 22.250°E / 40.583; 22.250
Country Greece
Region Central Macedonia
Capital Veroia
Government
 • Vice Governor Kostas Karapanagiotidis
Area
 • Total 1,701 km2 (657 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 140,611
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)
Postal codes 59x xx
Area codes 233x0
Car plates HM
Website www.imathia.gr

Imathia (Greek: Ημαθία [imaˈθia]) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia. The capital of Imathia is the city of Veroia.

Administration[edit]

The regional unit Imathia is subdivided into 3 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):[1]

Prefecture[edit]

As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Imathia was created out of the former prefecture Imathia (Greek: Νομός Ημαθίας). The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below.[1]

New municipality Old municipalities Seat
Alexandreia Alexandreia Alexandreia
Antigonides
Meliki
Platy
Naousa Naousa Naousa
Anthemia
Eirinoupoli
Veroia Veroia Veroia
Apostolos Pavlos
Vergina
Dovras
Makedonida

Provinces[edit]

Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece since 2006.

Geography[edit]

The northeastern part of Imathia, along the lower course of the river Aliakmonas, is a vast agricultural plain known as Kampania or Roumlouki. The area is known for the production of fruit crops such as peach and strawberry. Much of the population lives in this plain, where the towns Alexandreia and Veroia are situated. Imathia has a short shoreline on the Thermaic Gulf around the mouth of the Aliakmonas. The mountainous western part of Imathia is covered by the Vermio Mountains, reaching 2,052 m near Naousa. The Pierian Mountains reach into the southern part of Imathia, south of the Aliakmonas. The regional unit borders on Pieria to the south, Kozani to the west, Pella to the north and Thessaloniki to the east. Imathia has a mainly Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Transport[edit]

The railway from Thessaloniki to Florina and the important railway from Thessaloniki to Athens pass through Imathia, with main stations at Platy, Veroia and Alexandreia. The motorways A2 (Egnatia Odos) (Igoumenitsa - Ioannina - Veroia - Thessaloniki) and A1 (Athens - Lamia - Larissa - Thessaloniki) and the Greek National Roads EO1, EO4 and EO4a pass through Imathia. The Alexandreia Airport is a military airport.

History[edit]

The entrance to the "Great Tumulus" at Vergina.

Imathia was named after the historic region Emathia, which was used by several classical authors as a synonym for Bottiaea or even all of Macedon. Important ancient towns in the area of present Imathia were Aegae and Beroea. As a part of the Macedonia region, it was ruled by the kingdom of Macedonia, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and from early 15th century by the Ottoman Empire. In 1913, as a result of the Second Balkan War, it became part of Greece. During and after the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), several refugees from Turkey settled in Imathia. Initially part of the prefecture of Thessaloniki, Imathia became a prefecture in 1946, and Veroia was selected as its capital.[2]

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