Sporades

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Sporades
Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Σποράδων
Regional unit
The Sporades
The Sporades
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
Coordinates: 39°7′N 23°43′E / 39.117°N 23.717°E / 39.117; 23.717Coordinates: 39°7′N 23°43′E / 39.117°N 23.717°E / 39.117; 23.717
Country Greece
Region Thessaly
Area
 • Total 275.7 km2 (106.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 13,798
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)

The (Northern) Sporades (/ˈspɒrədz/; Greek: Βόρειες Σποράδες) are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea,[1] in the Aegean Sea. It consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.[1]

Etymology[edit]

"Sporades" means "those scattered" (compare with "sporadic"), and was used from Classical Antiquity to refer to the Aegean island groups outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades. In modern geographical parlance, there are five different Sporades groups:

Administration[edit]

The Sporades islands are divided over two regions: Thessaly (most islands) and Central Greece (Skyros and a few uninhabited islets). The Thessalian Sporades are organised in the regional unit of Sporades (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Σποράδων).

As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Sporades was created out of part of the former Magnesia Prefecture. It is subdivided into 3 municipalities. These are:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros notes "including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos."
  2. ^ Kallikratis reform law text PDF

Notes[edit]

  • "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros.

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