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Katerini (Greek: Κατερίνη, Kateríni, pronounced [ka̠te̞ˈɾiɲi]) is a city and municipality in northern Greece, the capital city of province of Pieria (regional unit) in Central Macedonia, Greece. It lies on the Pierian plain, between Mt. Olympus and the Thermaikos Gulf, at an altitude of 14 m. The municipal unit of Katerini has a population of 85,851 (according to the 2014 census) and it is the second most populous urban area at the Region of Macedonia after Thessaloniki. The close distance between two cities (68km), has been beneficial for Katerini's development over recent years. Katerini is accessible from the main Thessaloniki–Athens highway GR-1/E75 (with the Katerini's South and North interchanges) and the Egnatia Odos to the north. It is served by Intercity, Proastiakos (Suburban Railway) and local trains on the main railway line from Athens to Thessaloniki and there is a comprehensive regional and national bus service with its hub in the city.


Katerini's town hall
Katerini's town hall
Katerini is located in Greece
Location within the region
2011 Dimos Katerinis.png
Coordinates: 40°16′N 22°30′E / 40.267°N 22.500°E / 40.267; 22.500Coordinates: 40°16′N 22°30′E / 40.267°N 22.500°E / 40.267; 22.500
Administrative regionCentral Macedonia
Regional unitPieria
Municipal unitKaterini
 • MayorKostas Koukodimos (New Democracy)
 • Municipality681.863 km2 (263.269 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit93.659 km2 (36.162 sq mi)
14 m (46 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Population58,309 (2011)
 • Area (km2)63.196
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
60100, 60131, 60132, 60133, 60134
Area code(s)23510
Vehicle registrationKN

A popular tourist destination in northern Greece, Katerini is close to the sea (7 km) and to several archaeological sites of great interest such as the ancient city of Dion (5th century BC, 17 km away), the ancient Leivithra (27 km away) and the Castle of Platamon. The beaches of Korinos, Paralia and Olympiaki Akti (or Katerinoskala) are visited by both Greek and foreign tourists during the Summer. The base of Mount Olympus and the town of Litochoro, are at a distance of around 20 km from the centre of Katerini, whereas there is the Ski center of Elatochori in Mount Pieria at a distance of 33.4 km from the city's centre.

Name and historyEdit

The origin of the name is obscure. Since the 13th century, travellers as well as maps record the existence of a settlement called Hatera (Ἅτηρα), which may have been the origin of the modern name. Thus Felix Beaujour recorded its name as "Katheri", while François Pouqueville gives the name of the settlement as "Kateri Hatera".[2] According to another theory, the city derives its name from the small chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine (Aikaterini in Greek) to the east of the city, dating to at least the early 19th century. The latter hypothesis influenced official usage in Greek, where the city is found as "Aikaterini" or "Agia Aikaterini" until the early 20th century, when the vernacular name Katerini prevailed.[2]

According to the reports of travellers, at the turn of the 19th century, the city had four to five thousand inhabitants, mostly Greeks. In 1806, William Martin Leake recorded 100 hearths, while four years later Daniel recorded 140. For the remainder of the 19th century, the number of homes remained steady at about 300, with a population in 1900 of 2,070 Greek Orthodox mostly Vlach, and 600 Muslims, most of them of Albanian origin.[2]

The city was captured by the Greek 7th Infantry Division on 16 October 1912, during the First Balkan War, and has been part of Greece since then.[2] With the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, the city's Muslims left, and Greek refugees, particularly from Eastern Thrace and Greek Evangelicals from Asia Minor, took their place, almost doubling the city's population from 5,540 in 1920 to 10,138 in 1928.[2]


Administrative divisionEdit

The municipality of Katerini was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 6 former municipalities, that became municipal units of the newly formed Katerini municipality.[3][1]

Municipality of Katerini[3][1] Municipal Unit of Katerini[3][1] Municipal Community of Katerini[3][1][4]
Municipal Units Population Municipal Communities Population Settlements Population
  • 4,313
  • 62,205
  • 5,557
  • 6,803
  • 4,888
  • 2,085
  • 58,309
  • 477
  • 2,175
  • 799
  • 445
  • 1,061
  • 55,997
  • 467
  • 464
  • 320
Total Area Total Population Total Area Total Population Total Area Total Population
  • 681.863 km2
  • 85,851
  • 93.659 km2
  • 62,205
  • 63.196 km2
  • 58,309


Katerini has a Mediterranean climate that is characterised by warm to hot, dry summers and cool and more humid winters (Köppen climate classification: Csa).

Climate data for Katerini
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.9
Average low °C (°F) 0.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 38
Source: [5]

Local delicaciesEdit

Katerini is located near several villages which are renowned for their high quality products. In particular kiwis and cherries are one of the more important productions in the region, as well as strawberries. There is also cultivation of tobacco in the region and lot of people spend considerable resources for its development and for exports of the product.


Local GovernmentEdit

The mayor of Katerini is Konstantinos Koukodimos, a member of the Political Committee of New Democracy, who was elected in the 2019 local elections.

Results of the May 26, 2019 local elections in the Municipality of Katerini
Candidate Supporting Parties Votes %
Konstantinos Koukodimos
New Democracy, Nea Dimokratia


Tsalopoulos mansion
Katerini beach
A park in Katerini.

Katerini is the administrative and economic centre of Pieria. The Chamber of commerce and industry of Pieria is based in Katerini.[6] The same applies for the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Pieria and the Union of hotel owners of Pieria.[7][8]


Katerini lies in the middle of a plain and thus, it is greatly an agricultural city. As of 2000 26,775 people were occupied in agriculture, in Pieria.[9] The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Pieria has 9,000 members, of which 2,000 grow tobacco.[10] Kiwifruit is also produced in Katerini.[10]


Katerini is a popular tourist destination, that attracts tourist both from Greece and abroad. Within the boundaries of the municipality, there are over 230 hotels that can accommodate more that 8,600 people.[11] The vast majority of the tourist infrastructure lie in Paralia and Olympiaki Akti and it also includes tens of tavernas and cafes.[12] Winter tourism has started developing in the area, since the construction of the Elatochori ski resort.[13] Katerini is surrounded by ancient archaeological sites as Dion, Leivithra, Pydna, Louloudies and Platamon Castle which are worth a visit.

Places of interestEdit

The city municipal park of «Chromata» (Greek: Χρώματα), known in Greek colloquially as «Πλατεία Χρωμάτων» (Chromata Square), located on the city center area, and is classified as central recreational park of Katerini City. It contains both a garden of plants with trees covering the parkland, and a small zoo of deer, ducks, peacocks, and a variety of birds. It is popular for walking, jogging, outings, wedding and baptism photography spot. The landscape setting has ornamental rock hill, small lake, water founts with two bridges, pedestrian walkway, and an external concrete amphitheatre for events. It includes the Municipal Culture Centre (former name "Εκάβη") building for public and individual conference, meetings, events, having an event hall auditorium with stage, and also F&B catering service.


Local transportEdit

The Urban KTEL of Katerini serves the connection between Katerini and its nearby settlements.[14] The bus hub is in Katerini and it has lines towards Moschochori, Paralia, Dion, Pieria, Aronas and Nea Trapezounta. These lines serve all the settlements that lie between Katerini and the aforementioned final destinations.[14]

Road transportEdit

Katerini is served by A1 and National Road 1 that run north-south from Evzonoi to Athens. The connection between Katerini and Elassona is served by National Road 13. Single carriageways run from Katerini to every settlement of the Pieria. Bus lines, delivered by the Intercity KTEL of Pieria, connect Katerini directly with Athens, Thessaloniki, Elassona, Alexandreia and all the settlements of Pieria that are not served by the Urban KTEL of Katerini.[15] There are also privately held international bus lines that connect Katerini with several cities in Albania and Bulgaria.

Rail linksEdit

Katerini railway station is located just outside the city centre. The main line of the Greek railway system that connects Athens with Thessaloniki passes through Katerini. As a result, the city is connected directly with Larisa and Thessaloniki via the Proastiakos[16] It is also connected with Athens and all the intermediate stations by Intercity train lines.


Historical populationEdit

Year Community population Municipal unit population Municipality population
2001[2] 53,418 57,098 83,387
2011[2] 58,309 62,205 85,851
2021[2] - - -
2031[2] - - -
2041[2] - - -
Year Community population
1961[2] 28,046
1971[2] 29,046
1981[2] 38,404
1991[2] 42,381
- -
Year Community population
1913[17] 7,393
1920[2] 6,540
1928[2] 10,138
1940[2] 16,938
1951[2] 24,605

Local communitiesEdit

St Fotini Church at the beach
Evangelical church
Street in Katerini

Katerini is home to a significant Aromanian population that exceeds 3,000 people.[18] Aromanians of Katerini mainly descend from nearby Aromanian settlements of Livadi and Kokkinopilos, and in lesser numbers from Samarina, Moscopole, Avdella, Perivoli and Smixi.[18] According to some sources the Aromanians formed a majority amongst the city's Christian population in the beginning of the 20th century.[18]


As of 2001, the Municipal unit of Katerini (then Municipality of Katerini) was home to 2,794 foreign nationals (4.9% of the total population). Amongst them the most populous ethnic group was Albanians (2.5%) followed by Georgians (0.5%), Russians (0.4%) and Bulgarians (0.3%).[19]


The Diocese of Metropolis of Kitros, Katerini and Platamonas has 16 congregations within the city of Katerini.[20] There is also an Old Calendarist church in the city.[21] Katerini has a relatively numerous Protestant community, as a result of the organised settlement of Evangelical Greek refugees from Asia Minor and Pontus (region). [22] Today the Greek Evangelical Church of Katerini has almost 1,100 followers.[22] Other Protestant denominations, that have a church within the city, are the Free Apostolic Church of Pentecost, the Greek Apostolic Church of Pentecost and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. [23][24] The Protestant community is fully integrated in the life of the city, but in the past there were tensions between the Evangelical community and the Greek Orthodox majority. These tensions led to the arson of the Evangelical Church of Katerini from a Greek Orthodox mob in March 1930.[22]

Public educationEdit

The State Education System of Greece, called public, is funded and overseen by government, mandated for and offered to all students without charge. It encompasses the compulsory primary education (kindergarten preschool and primary school first grade to sixth grade), compulsory gymnasium school (seventh grade to ninth grade, lower secondary education) which mark the end of compulsory education, the high school (tenth grade to twelfth grade, in Greece equivalent called lyceum, upper secondary education), the post-secondary adult education, the higher education. Adult education, continuing education or lifelong learning, higher education are offered to all ages.

Public Education ‒ Katerini City Lower Secondary Education
Data retrieved 2019 [25] Katerini City Gymnasium School
The kindergarten (KG) preschool has
same name with the primary school where
is housed and is belonged administratively.
Extra kindergarten preschool housed in the
same primary school is shown in brackets ( ).
The public is a non tuition fee paying education.
Apolytirio awarded upon high school (Greek
equivalent: lyceum) graduation (high school general
certificate, upper secondary leaving certificate or US
equivalent: high school diploma) and is studied for
3 years, from grade 10th to grade 12th (sixth form).
1st 48 Klisouras str, 601 32
2nd 48 Klisouras str, 601 32
3rd 1 Militou str, 601 33
4th 2 Mitropoleos str, 601 31
5th 34 Eirinis str, 601 34
6th 104 Agiou Savva str, 601 33
7th 1, 19th Maiou str, 601 34
Musical 1 Stadiou str, 601 00
Evening 34 Eirinis str, 601 34
Primary Education Unified Special Vocational 150 Terzopoulou str, 601 32
Katerini City Primary School Special Vocational Education and Training (Ε.Ε.Ε.Ε.Κ.) Neo Keramidi (Area), 601 50
1st 3 Ippokratous str, 601 32 Lower Secondary Adult Education
2nd 10 Kioutaxias str, 601 33 Second Chance Evening School, Gymnasium School Equivalent 2 Mitropoleos str, 601 31
3rd 13 Marathonos str, 601 32 Upper Secondary Education
4th 2 Aristotelous str, 601 32 Katerini City High School
5th 30 Filippou str, 601 33 1st 48 Klisouras str, 601 32
6th, (16th KG) 15, 28th October str, 601 34 2nd 10 Ipirou str, 601 32
7th, (20th KG) 8 Mitropolitou Kirillou str, 601 31 3rd 1 Militou str, 601 33
8th 13 Stratigou Roka str, 601 34 4th 2 Mitropoleos str, 601 31
8th KG, (24th KG) A’ Parodos Priamou, 601 34 5th 10 Ipirou str, 601 32
9th 2 Loukianou str, 601 32 Musical 1 Stadiou str, 601 00
10th 16 Tenedou str, 601 33 Evening 34 Eirinis str, 601 34
11th, (23th KG) 1 Fleming str, 601 34 Evening Vocational 150 Terzopoulou str, 601 32
12th 14 Romanou str, 601 31 Vocational (former Tech) 150 Terzopoulou str, 601 32
13th 39 Platonos str, 601 33 Vocational (former Tech) Neo Keramidi (Area), 601 50
14th 6 Kilkis str, 601 34 Unified Special Vocational 150 Terzopoulou str, 601 32
15th 14 Svoronou str, 601 33 Vocationl Training School and Apprenticeship (EPAS)
16th, (25th KG) 1 Agios Christoforos str, 601 33 OAED EPAS (Workforce Employment Organisation) End Terzopoulou str, 601 32
17th 17 Odyssea Elyti str, 601 33 Post Secondary Adult Education
18th 1 Antisthenous str, 601 31 General Hospital Institute of Vocational Training, Assistant Nursing 1 Old Hospital str, 601 31
19th 2 Tyrtaiou str, 601 32 Higher Education
Special Primary Ganochora (Area), 601 50 International Hellenic University, Department of Logistics 2 Kanellopoulou str, 601 00



Katerini is represented by two football teams in the national leagues; Pierikos, a club currently playing in the Football League 2. The women's football club of Pierides Muses plays in the Women's Second National Division.

Other SportsEdit

Pierikos-Archelaos B.C. currently competes in the A2 League, the second tier of Greek basketball. GAS Archelaos plays in the A2 League the second tier of the Greek handball league system.

Sport clubs based in Katerini
Club Founded Sports Achievements
(Former:Megas Alexandros Katerini & Olympos Katerini)
Football , Volleyball Earlier presence in A Ethniki football, finalist Greek cup
GAS Archelaos 1956 Handball, Track and Field and other sports Panhellenic titles in Greek Handball
Ethnikos Katerini 1973 Football Earlier presence in Gamma Ethniki
Vataniakos F.C. 1978 Football Earlier presence in Beta Ethniki
Pierikos-Archelaos B.C. 2008 Basketball Presence in A2 Ethniki

Notable peopleEdit

International relationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b c d Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
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