Panorama of Zakynthos
|Administrative region:||Ionian Islands|
|Population statistics (as of 2001)|
|- Area:||45.788 km2 (18 sq mi)|
|- Density:||367 /km2 (951 /sq mi)|
|Time zone:||EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)|
|Elevation (min-max):||0–10 m (0–33 ft)|
|Postal code:||291 00|
Zakynthos (Greek: Ζάκυνθος, also named in Italian language Zante or Zacinto) is a city and a former municipality on the island of Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zakynthos, of which it is a municipal unit. It is the capital of the island of Zakynthos. Apart from the official name Zakynthos, it is also called Chora (i.e. the Town), a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town.
The municipal unit of Zákynthos lies in the easternmost part of the island and has a land area of 45.788 square kilometres (17.679 square miles) and a population of 16,810 at the 2011 census. It is subivided into the communities Zakynthos (pop. 9,773), Ampelokipoi (1,930), Argasi (1,266), Vasilikos (799), Gaitani (1,899) and Bochali (1,143). The municipal unit also includes the Strofades islands, which lie about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Zákynthos Island.
Zakynthos has a varied terrain, with fertile plains in the southeastern part and mountainous terrain with steep cliffs along the coasts on the west. The mild, Mediterranean climate and the plentiful winter rainfall endow the island with dense vegetation. The principal products are olive oil, currants, grapes and citrus fruit.
- Dionysios (16th century), patron saint of Zakynthos
- Pavlos Carrer (1829–1896), composer
- Ugo Foscolo (1778–1827), writer, revolutionary and poet
- Andreas Kalvos (1792–1869), poet
- Dionysios Solomos (1798–1857), poet
Twin towns – Sister cities
Zakynthos is twinned with:
- De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.
- Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
- "Twinnings". Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- "Limassol Twinned Cities". Limassol (Lemesos) Municipality. Archived from the original on 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
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