The traditional geographic divisions of Greece (Greek: γεωγραφικά διαμερίσματα, lit. geographic departments) were also the official administrative subdivisions (or regions) of Greece until the 1987 administrative reform ). Despite their replacement as first-level administrative units by the newly defined regions (Greek: περιφέρειες), the nine traditional geographic divisions - six on the mainland and three island groups - are still widely referred to in non-official contexts and in daily discourse.
The current (as of 2011) official administrative divisions of Greece are 13 regions (Greek: περιφέρειες) - nine on the mainland and four island groups - which are further subdivided into 325 municipalities. Formerly, there were also 54 prefectures or prefectural-level administrations.
- ^ Π.Δ. 51/87 “Καθορισμός των Περιφερειών της Χώρας για το σχεδιασμό κ.λ.π. της Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης” (Determination of the Regions of the Country for the planning etc. of regional development, Efimeris tis Kyverniseos ΦΕΚ A 26/06.03.1987
- ^ See the map of the National Statistical Service of Greece / NSSG (Εθνική Στατιστική Υπηρεσία Ελλάδος / ΕΣΥΕ). ()
- ^ In Macedonia there is one autonomous region, Mount Athos (Ayion Oros, or "Holy Mountain"), a monastic state under Greek sovereignty. It is located on the easternmost of the three large peninsulas jutting into the Aegean from the Macedonian mainland.