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Central Macedonia (Greek: Κεντρική Μακεδονία, translit. Kentrikí Makedonía, pronounced [cʲe̞n.dɾiˈcʲi ma̠.cʲe̞.ðo̞.ni.a̠], is one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece, consisting of the central part of the geographical and historical region of Macedonia. With a population of almost 1.9 million, it is the second most populous in Greece after Attica.

Central Macedonia

Κεντρική Μακεδονία
Flag of Central Macedonia
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Location of Central Macedonia
Coordinates: 40°42′N 23°00′E / 40.7°N 23.0°E / 40.7; 23.0Coordinates: 40°42′N 23°00′E / 40.7°N 23.0°E / 40.7; 23.0
Country Greece
Decentralized AdministrationMacedonia and Thrace
CapitalThessaloniki
Regional units
Government
 • Regional GovernorApostolos Tzitzikostas (Nea Dimokratia)
Area
 • Total18,810.52 km2 (7,262.78 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total1,882,108
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeGR-B
GDP (2011)[2] 
 • nominal28.1 billion EUR (2nd)
 • per capita14,400 EUR (9th)
HDI (2017)0.860[3]
very high · 7th
Websitewww.pkm.gov.gr

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AdministrationEdit

The region was established in the 1987 administrative reform as the Central Macedonia Region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας, translit. Periféria Kentrikís Makedonías). With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with East Macedonia and Thrace, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, based in Thessaloniki. The region is based at its capital city of Thessaloniki and is divided into seven regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Serres and Thessaloniki. These are further subdivided into 38 municipalities.

Although geographically part of central Macedonia, Mount Athos is not administratively part of the region, but an autonomous self-governing state under the sovereignty of Greece.

EconomyEdit

Central Macedonia is Greece's most visited region and accounts for 18.2% of the total tourist flow in the country, with 3.21 million tourists in 2008.[4] In 2011, the GDP per capita of Central Macedonia was 14,400, marking a 9th place of the 13 regions of Greece, well below the national average of 18,500.[2]

Major cities and townsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Demographic and social characteristics of the Resident Population of Greece according to the 2011 Population - Housing Census revision of 20/3/2014" (PDF). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 12 September 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  2. ^ a b "Gross domestic product (GDP) at current market prices at NUTS level 2". Eurostat regional yearbook. Eurostat. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ Eurostat (2010). "Tourism" (PDF). Eurostat regional yearbook 2010. www.eurosta.eu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Central Macedonia at Wikimedia Commons