Griva, Kilkis

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Village of Griva.
Village of Griva.
Griva is located in Greece
Coordinates: 40°56.16′N 22°24.00′E / 40.93600°N 22.40000°E / 40.93600; 22.40000Coordinates: 40°56.16′N 22°24.00′E / 40.93600°N 22.40000°E / 40.93600; 22.40000
Country Greece
Administrative region Central Macedonia
Regional unit Kilkis
Municipality Paionia
Municipal unit Goumenissa
Lowest elevation 470 m (1,540 ft)
 • Population 770 (2011)
 • Area (km2) 21.357
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code 613 00
Area code(s) 2343
Vehicle registration KI
Website (Greek)

Griva (Greek: Γρίβα, Bulgarian and Macedonian: Крива, Kriva) is a small village located in the Kilkis regional unit in Central Macedonia, Greece. The village hovers on the southeastern portion of Mount Paiko at 470 meters (1541.1 feet) above sea level.

Griva, with a population of 770 people, is the largest village in the municipal unit of Goumenissa besides Goumenissa proper.

Because of the complete destruction of the village by the Ottomans in 1912 during the First Balkan War, there are no structures still existing that were built prior to this period. The village's architecture is the basic standard architecture for nearly all of the towns of the region, with narrow streets, small passageways between the buildings, and cottages fit perfectly into the natural environment of the mountainside. According to a Yugoslav study, in 1961 of a population of 1,280, an estimated 1,180 Macedonia speakers lived in the village alongside 100 Pontic Greeks.[2]


According to the National Statistical Center of Greece, in 1981, 1991 and 2001, the population of Griva is as follows:

Year Population
2011 770
2001 813
1991 779
1981 861
The snow-covered landscape of Griva, including the church of St. Athanasius the Great, located in the center.
View of the town hall.


Griva is located 72 kilometers (45 mi) northwest of Thessaloniki, 542 kilometers (337 mi) north of Athens and is located within the Municipality of Goumenissa.


Local agriculture produces chestnuts, sheep, and timber.


Griva has one Primary school and one Elementary school.


Filmography: In 1981, director Tasos Psaras filmed The Factory (Greek : Το Εργοστάσιο)(French : L 'Ucine) in various places within Griva.



  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Todor Simonovski, The Inhabited Places of Aegean Macedonia, Skopje, 1978, p. 278

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