Western Greece

Western Greece Region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Ελλάδας) is one of the thirteen regions of Greece. It comprises the western part of continental Greece and the northwestern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. The capital of the Western Greece is Patras, the third-largest-city in the country with a population of about 280,000 inhabitants

Western Greece

Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Ελλάδας

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Coordinates: 38.2°N 21.4°E / 38.2; 21.4
Country Greece
Decentralized AdministrationPeloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian
CapitalPatras
Regional units
Government
  Regional governorNektarios Farmakis (New Democracy)
Area
  Total11,350.18 km2 (4,382.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
  Total679,796
  Density60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeGR-G
Websitewww.pde.gov.gr

Administration

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 the Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands regions, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of the 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 the Peloponnese, which are further subdivided into 19 municipalities.

Climate

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, Panachaicus and Aroania. Winter high temperatures are around the 10 °C mark throughout the low-lying areas.

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