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Karpenisi (Greek: Καρπενήσι, Greek pronunciation: [karpeˈnisi]) is a town in central Greece. It is the capital of the regional unit of Evrytania. Karpenisi is situated in the valley of the river Karpenisiotis (Καρπενησιώτης), a tributary of the Megdovas, in the southern part of the Pindus Mountains. Mount Tymfristos (2,315 m elevation) lies directly to the north of the town, and the foothills of mount Kaliakouda are in the south. Karpenisi has a ski resort and is a popular destination, especially during winter. It is called Switzerland of Greece for the resemblance with the mountainous country and its beauty, atypical for a Mediterranean place.[2]


Part of the town
Part of the town
Karpenisi is located in Greece
Location within the region
2011 Dimos Karpenisiou.png
Coordinates: 38°55′N 21°47′E / 38.917°N 21.783°E / 38.917; 21.783Coordinates: 38°55′N 21°47′E / 38.917°N 21.783°E / 38.917; 21.783
Administrative regionCentral Greece
Regional unitEvrytania
 • MayorNikos Souliotis(New Democracy)
 • Municipality948.6 km2 (366.3 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit250.9 km2 (96.9 sq mi)
960 m (3,150 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density34/km2 (89/sq mi)
 • Population7,348 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
361 00
Area code(s)22370
Vehicle registrationΚΗ


The name Karpenisi derives from the Aromanian word kárpinu[3] (Carpinus betulus) + the ending -iş. The Greek spelling "Καρπενήσι" is influenced by folk etymology, the second combining form appearing to be "νησί" (island, pronounced [niˈsi]).


A view
The high school

The municipality Karpenisi was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 6 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[4]

  • Domnista (Ampliani, Domnista, Krikello, Mesokomi, Psiana, Roska, Stavloi)
  • Fourna (Fourna, Kleisto, Vracha)
  • Karpenisi (Agia Vlacherna, Agios Andreas, Agios Nikolaos, Fidakia, Kalesmeno, Karpenisi, Koryschades, Myriki, Papparousi, Pavlopoulo, Sella, Stefani, Stenoma, Voutyro)
  • Ktimenia (Agia Triada, Agios Charalampos, Chochlia, Domianoi, Petralona)
  • Potamia (Aniada, Chelidonas, Dermati, Karitsa, Klafsi, Megalo Chorio, Mikro Chorio, Mouzilo, Nostimo, Sygkrellos)
  • Prousos (Alestia, Aspropyrgos, Esochoria, Kastania, Katavothra, Prodromos, Prousos, Sarkini, Stavrochori, Tornos, Velota)

The municipality has an area of 948.570 km2, the municipal unit 250.887 km2.[5]

Mayor of KarpenisiEdit

  • Kostas Bakoyannis, 1 January 2011 – 31 August 2014
  • Nikos Souliotis, since 1 September 2014

Historical populationEdit

Year Municipal unit Municipality
1981 5,230
1991 8,185
2001 9,390
2011 8,575 13,105

Sister citiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

Facts in KarpenisiEdit


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Dana Facaros; Linda Theodorou (2003). Greece. New Holland Publishers. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-86011-898-2.
  3. ^ Oikonomou Konstantinos, Zagori toponym, Doctoral thesis, Ioannina 1986, p. 752-753.
  4. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  5. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Karpenisi, Greece". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.

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