Smila, Greece

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This article is about a village in Greece. For a city in the central Ukraine, see Smila.
Smila is located in Greece
Coordinates: 37°41′N 21°33′E / 37.683°N 21.550°E / 37.683; 21.550Coordinates: 37°41′N 21°33′E / 37.683°N 21.550°E / 37.683; 21.550
Country Greece
Administrative region West Greece
Regional unit Elis
Municipality Archaia Olympia
Municipal unit Archaia Olympia
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Rural 341
 • Population 390 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Smila (Greek: Σμίλα) is a village in the municipality of Olympia, Elis, Greece. It is situated in the plains north of the river Alfeios, 1 km north of Strefi, 3 km west of Pelopio, 7 km northwest of Olympia and 10 km east of Pyrgos. In 2011 its population was 341 for the village and 390 for the municipal district, which includes the small village Karoutes.

The myth says that the village was called Smila because Praxiteles (the artist who made the famous statue of Hermes), lost his chisel (Greek: σμίλη) here. Many ancient artifacts have been found in this village, especially in the northern part. They are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. A great cheesemaking tradition has been established in Smila over the past few years, and several well known cheesemakers have been born in Smila, some of whom have found extensive occupation as ship chefs. Smila suffered damage from the 2007 Greek forest fires.


Year Village population Community population
1981 484 -
1991 528 -
2001 453 522
2011 341 390

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