Sporades

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Sporades
Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Σποράδων
Regional unit
The Sporades
The Sporades
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
Coordinates: 39°7′N 23°43′E / 39.117°N 23.717°E / 39.117; 23.717Coordinates: 39°7′N 23°43′E / 39.117°N 23.717°E / 39.117; 23.717
CountryGreece
RegionThessaly
Area
 • Total275.7 km2 (106.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total13,798
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The (Northern) Sporades (/ˈspɒrədz/; Greek: Βόρειες Σποράδες) are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea,[1] in the Aegean Sea. They consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.[1] They may also be referred to as the Thessalian Sporades (Θεσσαλικές Σποράδες).

Etymology[edit]

"Sporades" means "those scattered" (compare with "sporadic"). From Classical Antiquity the name has referred to the Aegean island groups outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades.

Geography[edit]

In modern geographical parlance, there are five different Sporades groups:

Administration[edit]

Sporades regional unit

As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Sporades (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Σποράδων) was created out of part of the former Magnesia Prefecture, region of Thessaly. The regional unit is subdivided into 3 municipalities. These are:[2]

The island of Skyros with a few uninhabited islets of its area is part of the regional unit of Euboea and the administrative region of Central Greece.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros notes "including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos."
  2. ^ "Kallikratis reform law text" (PDF).

Sources[edit]

  • "Skyros – Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros.

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