Central Macedonia

Central Macedonia (Greek: Κεντρική Μακεδονία, romanized: Kentrikí Makedonía, Greek pronunciation: [ce̞n.dɾiˈci mɐ.ce̞.ðo̞ˈni.ɐ]) 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
Coordinates: 40.7°N 23.0°E / 40.7; 23.0
Country Greece
Region Macedonia
Decentralized administrationMacedonia and Thrace
CapitalThessaloniki
Regional units
Government
  Regional GovernorApostolos Tzitzikostas (New Democracy)
Area
  Total18,810.52 km2 (7,262.78 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total1,882,108
  Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Macedonian
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

Administration

The region was established in the 1987 administrative reform as the Central Macedonia Region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας, romanized: 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.

Economy

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 towns

References

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