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Village of Griva.
|Administrative region||Central Macedonia|
|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|
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.
According to the National Statistical Center of Greece, in 1981, 1991 and 2001, the population of Griva is as follows:
Local agriculture produces chestnuts, sheep, and timber.
Griva has one Primary school and one Elementary school.
- Church of St. Athanasius the Great
- Monastery of St. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene at Griva (established 1992).
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- Todor Simonovski, The Inhabited Places of Aegean Macedonia, Skopje, 1978, p. 278