Administrative regions of Greece

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Not to be confused with the traditional geographic regions of Greece.
Administrative regions of Greece
Διοικητικές περιφέρειες της Ελλάδας  (Greek)
Category Unitary state
Location Hellenic Republic
Number 13 Regions
1 Autonomous Region
Populations (All Regions): 10,815,197
Areas (All Regions): 131,957 km2 (50,949 sq mi)
Government Central government
Regional governments
Theocratic government (Athos)
Subdivisions municipality, community
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The administrative regions of Greece (Greek: περιφέρειες, peripheries) are the country's first-level administrative entities, each comprising several second-level units, originally prefectures and, since 2011, regional units.


The current regions were established in 1987, replacing the traditional division into broad historical–geographical regions (γεωγραφικά διαμερίσματα), which are still often used in popular discourse and in statistics. Although the post-1987 regions were mostly based on the earlier divisions, they are usually smaller and, in a few cases, do not overlap with the traditional definitions: for instance, the region of Western Greece, which had no previous analogue, comprises territory belonging to the Peloponnese peninsula and the traditional region of Central Greece.

The first seven peripheries were established by the then-ruling military regime in 1971. They were abolished after the fall of Georgios Papadopoulos in November 1973. The current regions were created by Law 1622/1986 and Presidential Decree 51/1987, and were conceived as an auxiliary regional level of the central government.

As part of Greece's EU-mandated decentralization process, they were accorded more powers in the 1997 Kapodistrias reform of local and regional government. They were transformed into fully separate entities by the 2010 Kallikratis Plan (Law 3852/2010), which entered into effect on 1 January 2011. In the 2011 changes, the government-appointed general secretary (γενικός γραμματέας) was replaced with a popularly elected regional governor (περιφερειάρχης) and a regional council (περιφερειακό συμβούλιο) with 5-year terms. Many powers of the prefectures, which were also abolished or reformed into regional units, were transferred to the region level. The regional organs of the central government were in turn replaced by seven decentralized administrations, which group from one to three regions under a government-appointed general secretary.

List of Administrative Regions[edit]

Map showing modern regions of Greece

  1. Attica / Αττική
  2. Central Greece / Στερεά Ελλάδα
  3. Central Macedonia / Κεντρική Μακεδονία
  4. Crete / Κρήτη
  5. Eastern Macedonia and Thrace / Ανατολική Μακεδονία και Θράκη
  6. Epirus / Ήπειρος
  7. Ionian Islands / Ιόνια νησιά
  8. North Aegean / Βόρειο Αιγαίο
  9. Peloponnese / Πελοπόννησος
  10. South Aegean / Νότιο Αιγαίο
  11. Thessaly / Θεσσαλία
  12. Western Greece / Δυτική Ελλάδα
  13. Western Macedonia / Δυτική Μακεδονία
Map showing modern regions of Greece

Bordering the region of Central Macedonia there is one autonomous region, Mount Athos (Agion Oros, or "Holy Mountain"), a monastic community under Greek sovereignty. It is located on the easternmost of the three large peninsulas jutting into the Aegean from the Chalcidice Peninsula.

A/A Administrative Region Seat Area
Population Density
Gross domestic product
(million €)
Per capita gross domestic product
1 Attica Athens 3.808 3,812.330 1001,11 110.546 26.968
2 Central Greece Lamia 15.549 546.870 35,17 10.537 19.007
3 Central Macedonia Thessalonica 18.811 1,874.590 99,66 32.285 16.559
4 Crete Heraklion 8.336 621.340 74,54 11.243 18.421
5 Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Komotini 14.157 606.170 42,82 9.265 15.272
6 Epirus Ioannina 9.203 336.650 36,58 5.079 14.221
7 Ionian Islands Corfu 2.307 206.470 89,50 4.130 17.726
8 North Aegean Mytilene 3.836 197.810 51,57 3.330 16.638
9 Peloponnese Tripolis 15.490 581.980 37,57 9.809 16.580
10 South Aegean Ermoupolis 5.286 308.610 58,38 7.646 24.828
11 Thessaly Larissa 14.037 730.730 52,06 11.608 15.772
12 Western Greece Patras 11.350 680.190 59,93 10.659 14.332
13 Western Macedonia Kozani 9.451 282.120 29,85 5.506 18.786

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