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Central Greece

Continental / Central Greece
Στερεά / Κεντρική Ελλάδα (Στερεά Ελλάδα)
Traditional region of Greece
Continental Greece (blue) within Greece
Continental Greece (blue) within Greece
Capital Athens
Subdivisions
Area
 • Total 24,818.3 km2 (9,582.4 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 4,591,568 (2,001 census)
 • Density 185/km2 (480/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Stereoelladites, Roumeliotes

Continental Greece (Greek: Στερεά Ελλάδα, Stereá Elláda; formerly Χέρσος Ἑλλάς, Chérsos Ellás), colloquially known as Roúmeli (Ρούμελη), is a traditional geographic region of Greece. In English the area is usually called Central Greece, but the equivalent Greek term (Κεντρική Ελλάδα, Kentrikí Elláda) is more rarely used.

Since 1987, its territory has been divided among the administrative regions of Central Greece and Attica, and the regional unit of Aetolia-Acarnania in the administrative region of West Greece.

The region has traditionally been known as Roúmeli (Ρούμελη), a name deriving from the Turkish word Rumelia or Rumeli, meaning "the land of the Rûm [the Romans, i.e. the Byzantine Greeks]" and originally encompassing all of the Ottoman Empire's European possessions. The official name Stereá Elláda ("Continental" or "Mainland" Greece), derives from the juxtaposition with the Peloponnese peninsula across the Corinthian Gulf, and the fact that these two territories formed the independent Greek state after the Greek War of Independence.

Central Greece is the most populous geographical region of Greece, with a population of 4,591,568 people, and covers an area of 24,818.3 km², making it the second largest of the country. It is located to the north of the Peloponnese and to the south of Thessaly and Epirus, bordering the Aegean Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Corinthian Gulf to the south. Its climate is temperate along its coastlines, and dry in the interior.


Number Mountain Height (m) Placed
in Greece
Regional unit
1 Giona
2,510
5th
Phocis
2 Vardousia
2,495
7th
Phocis
3 Parnassus
2,457
9th
Phocis, Boeotia
4 Tymfristos
2,315
16th
Evrytania, Phthiotis
5 Oeta
2,152
22nd
Phthiotis
Number Lake Area (km²) Placed
in Greece
Regional unit
1 Trichonida
96,513
1st
Aetolia-Acarnania
2 Yliki
22,731
9th
Boeotia
3 Amvrakia
13,619
13th
Aetolia-Acarnania
4 Lysimachia
13,200
14th
Aetolia-Acarnania
5 Ozeros
10,013
16th
Aetolia-Acarnania

3,130,841 (Athens metropolitan area)
3,761,810)
3,761,810)
58,601
57,147
53,584
21,211
20,061
  • Athens
    3,130,841 (Athens metropolitan area)
    • including all the towns around Athens urban area
    3,761,810)
  • Lamia
  • including all the towns around Athens urban area
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