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Location of Magnesia Prefecture in Greece
|• Total||2,367 km2 (914 sq mi)|
|Area rank||[[List of the prefectures of Greece by area|]]|
|• Rank||[[List of the prefectures of Greece by population|]]|
|• Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
Magnesia Prefecture (Greek: Νομός Μαγνησίας) was one of the prefectures of Greece. Its capital was Volos. It was established in 1899 from the Larissa Prefecture. The prefecture was disbanded on 1 January 2011 by the Kallikratis programme, and split into the regional units of Magnesia and the Sporades.
The toponym is ancient to the region. Ore that attracts iron is common in Magnesia, which is the origin of words such as magnet and magnetism.
- Online Etymology Dictionary, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=magnet
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