Petroupoli

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Petroupoli
Πετρούπολη
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Official seal of Petroupoli
Petroupoli is located in Greece
Petroupoli
Petroupoli
Location within the region
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Coordinates: 38°2′N 23°41′E / 38.033°N 23.683°E / 38.033; 23.683Coordinates: 38°2′N 23°41′E / 38.033°N 23.683°E / 38.033; 23.683
CountryGreece
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitWest Athens
Districts1
Government
 • MayorStefanos-Gabriel Vlachos
Area
 • Municipality6.597 km2 (2.547 sq mi)
Elevation
140 m (460 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Municipality
58,979
 • Municipality density8,900/km2 (23,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
13231
Area code(s)210 50
Vehicle registrationΙΖΧ
Websitewww.petroupoli.gov.gr

Petroupoli (Greek: Πετρούπολη, meaning "City of Peter") is a suburb in the western part of Athens. Petroupoli was part of the community of Nea Liosia until 1946, when it became a separate community. It was elevated to municipality status in 1972.[2]

Geography[edit]

Petroupoli is situated in the eastern foothills of the Egaleo mountain, 7 km northwest of Athens. The municipality has an area of 6.597 km2.[3] Its main streets (25 March Ave., Anatolikis Romylias St. and Perikleous St.) connect the town with Ilion and Peristeri.

ASDA (Association for the Development of Western Athens) regards Petroupoli as the most developed western suburb of the capital.[4]

Culture and education[edit]

The Petra Festival takes place every summer. The area's junior football (soccer) team is named Aris Petroupoli.

Petroupoli today incorporates a number of private and 15 public kindergartens, 12 primary schools (11 public and 1 private), 6 public lower secondary schools (gymnasia), 5 public upper secondary schools (lyceums) and one public Technical Secondary School (EPAL).

Mayors and elections[edit]

In this area there was once a great tradition of mayors supported by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). For many years, the suburb's mayor was Nicolaos Paximadas, supported by the KKE. Following his retirement, another candidate endorsed by KKE, Giorgos Giogos, became mayor of the area for the eight years between 1994 and 2002. In 2002, candidate Stefanos Vlachos was elected, endorsed by both another left party, Synaspismos, and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). In 2006 elections, Vlachos was re-elected, earning more than 42% of the votes. In the 2010 elections, another communist mayor, Thomas Kotsambas was elected after the eight-year Vlachos era, making Petroupoli the only municipality in Greece that has a mayor supported by the Communist Party. In the 2014 elections the people of Petroupoli elected Vangelis Simos who has also the support of the Communist Party.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 27,902
1991 38,278
2001 48,327
2011 58,979

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  4. ^ "ΑΣΔΑ - Δήμος Πετρουπόλεως". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-06-17.

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