Itea, Florina

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Itea is located in Greece
Coordinates: 40°50.1′N 21°30.8′E / 40.8350°N 21.5133°E / 40.8350; 21.5133Coordinates: 40°50.1′N 21°30.8′E / 40.8350°N 21.5133°E / 40.8350; 21.5133
Country Greece
Administrative region West Macedonia
Regional unit Florina
Municipality Florina
Municipal unit Meliti
Elevation 615 m (2,018 ft)
 • Population 542 (2011)
 • Area (km2) 9.799
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 531 00
Area code(s) +30-2385-xxx-xxx
Vehicle registration ΡΑx-xxxx

Itea (Greek: Ιτέα, old name Βύρμπενη/Vyrbeni, Macedonian: Врбени, Vrbeni; Bulgarian: Върбени or Долно Върбени, Varbeni or Dolno Vrbeni, known before 1926 as Verbeni), is a village and a community of the Florina municipality.[1] Before the 2011 local government reform it was a part of the municipality of Meliti, of which it was a municipal district.[2] The 2011 census recorded 542 residents in the village.[1] The community of Itea covers an area of 9.799 km2.[3]


In 1845 the Russian slavist Victor Grigorovich recorded Verbini as Bulgarian village.[4] Johann Georg von Hahn in his map from 1861 marked the village as Bulgarian, too.[5]

In the book “Ethnographie des Vilayets d'Adrianople, de Monastir et de Salonique”, published in Constantinople in 1878, that reflects the statistics of the male population in 1873, Dolno Vrbeni was noted as a village with 200 households and 615 Bulgarian inhabitants.[6] In 1886 al of its inhabitants were Greek Orthodox. In 1900 there was a Bulgarian school and church.[7] According to Vasil Kanchov’s statistics, in 1900, Varbeni had 690 Bulgarian inhabitants.[8] In 1903 all of its inhabitants were part of the Bulgarian Exarchate.[7] The whole population of the village was under the supremacy of the Bulgarian Exarchate in the early 20th century. According to the evidences of Dimitar Mishev, the secretary of the Exarchate, there were 624 Bulgarians in Varbeni in 1905.[9] In 1910 Vyrbeni had 455 inhabitants.[7] In 1925, 50 inhabitants of the village were arrested by Greek authorities for collaborating with VMRO in the November bombing incident in Florina.


As of 2001, a survey on the usage of languages in the villages of Florina and Aridea showed that, along with the Greek language, the Macedonian language is spoken, mostly by elderly people and in private.[10] According to the 2011 census, the population of Itea was 542 people, a decrease of 14% compared to the previous census of 2001.[1][3]

Year Population
1913 677
1920 548
1928 677
1940 891
1951 960
1961 927
1971 733
1981 713
2001[3] 633
2011[1] 542

Notable persons[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ a b c "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21. 
  4. ^ Григорович, В. Очеркъ путешествiя по Европейской Турцiи, Москва, 1877
  5. ^ Croquis der westlischen Zurflüsse des oberen Wardar von J.G. von Hahn. Deukschriften der k Akad. d wissenseh. philos. histor. CIX1Bd, 1861.
  6. ^ „Македония и Одринско. Статистика на населението от 1873 г.“ Македонски научен институт, София, 1995. стр. 82-83.
  7. ^ a b c Georgios Lithoxoou, Florina villages
  8. ^ Кънчов, Васил. „Македония. Етнография и статистика“. София, 1900. с.249. (Macedonia — ethnography and statistics, Sofia, 1900, p. 249.)
  9. ^ Brancoff, D.M. "La Macédoine et sa Population Chrétienne". Paris, 1905, р. 176-177.
  10. ^