Lechovo

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Lechovo
Λέχοβο
Lechovo is located in Greece
Lechovo
Lechovo
Coordinates: 40°35′N 21°30′E / 40.583°N 21.500°E / 40.583; 21.500Coordinates: 40°35′N 21°30′E / 40.583°N 21.500°E / 40.583; 21.500
Country Greece
Administrative region West Macedonia
Regional unit Florina
Municipality Amyntaio
 • Municipal unit 22.8 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Elevation 900 m (3,000 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 1,115
 • Municipal unit density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΡΑ

Lechovo (Greek: Λέχοβο) is a village and a former community in Florina regional unit, West Macedonia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Amyntaio, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 22.844 km2.[3] Population 1,115 (2011). The village is set amongst the mountains of Northern Greece and the main road runs through the town's centre. The town features a museum, a football pitch and an indoor handball stadium. The town has stone architecture common to many northern Greek towns, and has an old upper square (plateia) and church bell tower.

The Tosk Albanian dialect is often spoken by the village elders.[4] After World War II, many people emigrated to Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States to work in the construction industry. Men from Lechovo played a role in the World Wars and they showed great patriotism and heroism against the invaders (the old name of the town was Ηρωικό-Hereoico, means Heroic).[citation needed] Lechovo is known for its constructors and bricklayers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 
  4. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Raymond G. Gordon, Jr., Barbara F. Grimes, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, SIL International, 2005, ISBN 1-55671-159-X, 9781556711596. Online version (http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=als)