|Administrative region||East Macedonia and Thrace|
|• Municipality||1,029.4 km2 (397.5 sq mi)|
|• Municipal unit||788.4 km2 (304.4 sq mi)|
|• Municipality density||3.8/km2 (9.8/sq mi)|
|• Municipal unit||1,096|
|• Municipal unit density||1.4/km2 (3.6/sq mi)|
|• Population||881 (2011)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Paranesti (Greek: Παρανέστι) is a municipality in the Rhodope Mountains of northeastern Drama regional unit, Greece. It consists of two municipal units: Paranesti and Nikoforos. The largest villages of the municipal unit Paranesti are Paranésti (the municipal seat, pop. 625), Mesochório (105), Káto Thólos (123), Χágnanto (43), and Prasináda (32).
The Natural History Museum of Paranesti is located in Paranesti.
The municipality Paranesti was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units (constituent communities in brackets):
- Nikiforos (Adriani, Ano Pyxari, Nikiforos, Platania, Platanovrysi, Ptelea, Ypsili Rachi)
- Paranesti (Paranesti, Sili, Tholos)
The municipality has an area of 1029.392 km2, the municipal unit 788.394 km2.
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
- "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
- Official website (Greek)
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Georgios tou Stavrou Jacovides born in Paranesti Dramas 5th June 1932 once completed education later in his life admitted to the police academy and made liquor license inspector and chief inspector (dikitis) by then he was a martial arts instructor based in vardari and was in charge of controlling Thessalonikis night club and underworld thus making huge arrests. Paranesti was very proud to have such an honest and ruthless commander protecting the civilians. Upon dismantling a large Cartel he was dismissed with honours. Later migrating to Australia early 60's forming a family and 2 sons Stavros and Nikolaos. Georgios became well known in the Melbourne community in the Greek newspaper circles as a writer and journalist. Upon visiting Greece in 2015 he attended Panagia Soumela in Trapezounda with Dr Peter Adamopoulos which was such an amazing experience.