Geographic Regions of Greece
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Geographic Regions of Greece
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The traditional geographic regions of Greece (Greek: ? , literally "geographic departments") are the country's main historical-geographic regions, and were also official administrative regional subdivisions of Greece until the 1987 administrative reform.[1] Despite their replacement as first-level administrative units by the newly defined administrative regions (Greek: ), the nine traditional geographic divisions--six on the mainland and three island groups--are still widely referred to in unofficial contexts and in daily discourse.

As of 2011, the official administrative divisions of Greece consist of 13 regions (Greek: )--nine on the mainland and four island groups--which are further subdivided into 74 regional units and 325 municipalities. Formerly, there were also 54 prefectures or prefectural-level administrations.

See also


  1. ^ ?.?. 51/87 "? ?.?.?. ? " (Determination of the Regions of the Country for the planning etc. of regional development, A 26/06.03.1987
  2. ^ In Macedonia there is one autonomous region, Mount Athos (Ayion Oros, or "Holy Mountain"), a monastic state under Greek sovereignty. It is located on the easternmost of the three large peninsulas jutting into the Aegean from the Macedonian mainland.

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