Lechaina

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Lechaina
Λεχαινά
Location
Lechaina is located in Greece
Lechaina
Lechaina
Coordinates 37°56′N 21°16′E / 37.933°N 21.267°E / 37.933; 21.267Coordinates: 37°56′N 21°16′E / 37.933°N 21.267°E / 37.933; 21.267
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Greece
Regional unit: Elis
Municipality: Andravida-Kyllini
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 6,334
 - Area: 60.411 km2 (23 sq mi)
 - Density: 105 /km2 (272 /sq mi)
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 5 m (16 ft)
Postal code: 270 53
Telephone: 26230
Auto: ΗΑ

Lechaina (Greek: Λεχαινά) is a town and a former municipality in Elis, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Andravida-Kyllini, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[2] It is situated 39 km north of the city of Pyrgos, and 60 km southwest of Patras. In 2001, its population was around 6,300.

Geography[edit]

The area of the municipal unit Lechaina stretches from the flatlands on the Ionian Sea coast to the hills around the Pineios reservoir in the east. The main land use is agriculture. The lagoon Kotychi, connected with the Ionian Sea, is located in the northern part of Lechaina. Lechaina has a railway station on the line Patras-Kalamata. The principal streams are Andravida Creek and Melissos. The Greek National Road 9 Patras-Pylos runs through Lechaina.

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit Lechaina is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Community Population (2001 census) Elevation (m) Coordinates
Lechaina (incl. Agioi Theodoroi, Agios Panteleimonas and Katarrachi) 3,837 5 37°56′17″N 21°15′47″E / 37.938°N 21.263°E / 37.938; 21.263
Agios Charalampos 93 120 37°56′28″N 21°24′07″E / 37.941°N 21.402°E / 37.941; 21.402
Areti 499 5 37°58′30″N 21°18′11″E / 37.975°N 21.303°E / 37.975; 21.303
Borsi 381 165 37°55′37″N 21°26′17″E / 37.927°N 21.438°E / 37.927; 21.438
Melissa 328 100 37°57′00″N 21°22′23″E / 37.950°N 21.373°E / 37.950; 21.373
Myrsini 1,196 3 37°55′19″N 21°14′13″E / 37.922°N 21.237°E / 37.922; 21.237

History[edit]

Mid 20th century, an irrigation project increased agricultural production of Lechaina. Forest fires have caused damage in Lechaina, especially in 1993 and 2001. The 2008 Peloponnese earthquake also caused damage in Lechaina.

Population history[edit]

Year Town population Municipality population
1981 3,200 -
1991 3,137 5,625
2001 3,837 6,334

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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)