Western Greece Region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Ελλάδας, romanized: Periféria Dhitikís Elládhas, [periˈferia ðitiˈkis eˈlaðas]) is one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece. It comprises the western part of continental Greece and the northwestern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. It occupies an area of 11,336 sq. Km. and its population is, according to the 2011 census, at 679,796 inhabitants. The capital of the Western Greece is Patras, the third-largest-city in the country with a population of about 280,000 inhabitants. The NUTS 2 code for the region of Western Greece is EL63.
Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Ελλάδας
|Decentralized Administration||Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian|
|Capital and largest city||Patras|
|• Regional governor||Nektarios Farmakis (New Democracy)|
|• Total||11,350.18 km2 (4,382.33 sq mi)|
|• Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||GR-G|
The region of Western Greece was established in the 1987 administrative reform. With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands regions, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands based at Patras. The region is based at Patras and is divided into three regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Aetolia-Acarnania in Central Greece and Achaea and Elis in Peloponnese, which are further subdivided into 19 municipalities.
The region has hot summers and mild winters. Sunny days dominate during the summer months in areas within the beaches and partially cloudy and rainy in the mountains. Snow is very common during the winter in the mountains of Erymanthus, Panachaiko and Aroania. Winter high temperatures are around the 10 °C mark throughout the low-lying areas.
The Gross domestic product (GDP) of the region was 8.3 billion € in 2018, accounting for 4.5% of Greek economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 15,200 € or 50% of the EU27 average in the same year. The GDP per employee was 65% of the EU average.
- "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.
- Tourism ad about Western Greece in Youtube (2019)
- Region of Western Greece, European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Balkan-Mediterranean programme
- Regions in the European Union, Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - NUTS 2016/EU-28, 2018 Edition (pdf in English)
- Π.Δ. 51/87 «Καθορισμός των Περιφερειών της Χώρας για το σχεδιασμό, προγραμματισμό και συντονισμό της Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης», (Official Government Gazette of Greece, no. 26A'/06-03-1987)
- "Regional GDP per capita ranged from 30% to 263% of the EU average in 2018". Eurostat.
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- Official website (in Greek)