Central Macedonia, Greece

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Central Macedonia, Greece

The Region of the Central Macedonia is the second larger Greek region in extension (18.811 sq. km) and in population (1.874.590 inhabitants, Census of 2011). It is one of the thirteen administrative districts of Greece and it is situated in central Northern Greece. The borders of the Region of Central Macedonia are the Region of Western Macedonia in the west, the Region of Eastern Macedonia in the east and the Aegean Sea in the south and FYROM Republic and Bulgaria in the north.

It consists of seven regional entities (Kilkis, Imathias, Serres, Thessaloniki, Pellas, Pierias, Chalkidiki) after the administrative reformation of "Kallikratis" project in 2010 (L. 3852/2010). Thessaloniki is the capital of the region, the greatest city of the region and the second large Greek city. Thessaloniki is promoted as the gate to the European Union and the Balkan countries. It is a strong political, industrial, and economic centre of Northern Greece. Its freight port is significant for the area's and the country's in a general point of view, socioeconomic development.

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