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. They consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.[1] They may also be referred to as the Thessalian Sporades (Θεσσαλικές Σποράδες).

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]

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

The islands are divided between two regions: the majority of them , including the three islands mentioned above are part of the region of Thessaly, while Skyros with a few uninhabited islets of its area are part of Central Greece (region).

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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