Krya Vrysi, Pella
|Administrative region||Central Macedonia|
|Elevation||7 m (23 ft)|
|• Municipal unit||10,977|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Postal code||583 00|
|Area code(s)||23820 - 6|
Krya Vrysi (Greek: Κρύα Βρύση is a town and a former municipality in Pella regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pella, of which it is a municipal unit. It is 75 km from Thessaloniki.
The town of Krya Vrysi was founded in the 1930s when the settlements of Plasna. After the lake that covered the place was drained, the people had trouble finding drinkable water. When they found a source of cold, clear water, they called it "water from the Krya Vrysi (Cold Spring)", thus giving the town its name. It was declared a Municipality in 1990 and, according to the 2001 census, Krya Vrysi had 10,977 inhabitants. The economy in the area is primarily based on agriculture with the farmers mainly growing corn and asparagus. They were also growing a great amount of Berley tobacco, until 2005 when the production was stopped in the region due to European Union's economical issues.
Krya Vrysi, being the centre for many smaller villages, is the host of various annual events. The Krya Vrysi carnival used to be the biggest annual event. Taking place each February (on the three-day holiday of Monday), the carnival started in 1988 and had become an important tourist attraction for the town, until 2009 when it was cancelled due to economic reasons. The Agrotechnical Expo is also a major event that happens in September and combines a small amount of agricultural-related exhibits with a funfair (called Panigiri).
Krya Vrysi is home to the sport club Apollon Kryas Vrysis that was founded in 1960. It currently competes in the 4th national division but has notably risen to the 2nd in the past.
- De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.
- Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
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