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Crete
Περιφέρεια Κρήτης
Region o Greece
Coordinates: 35°13′N 24°55′E / 35.21°N 24.91°E / 35.21; 24.91
Kintra Banner o Greece Greece
Capital Heraklion
Regional units
Government
 • Regional govrenor Stavros Arnaoutakis (PASOK)
Area
 • Total 8,336 km2 (3,219 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,456 m (8,058 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 621,340
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code GR-M
Website www.crete-region.gr

Crete (Greek: Κρήτη; [kriti]) is the laurgest an maist populous o the Greek islands, the fift lairgest island in the Mediterranean Sea, an ane o the thirteen admeenistrative regions o Greece. It forms a significant pairt o the economy an cultural heritage o Greece while retainin its awn local cultural traits (such as its awn dialect, poetry, an music). Crete wis the centre o the Minoan ceevilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), the earliest "heich cultur" ceevilization in Europe, which built the first palaces in Europe.[1]

Human geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Crete is the maist populous island in Greece wi a population o mair than 600,000 fowk. Approximately 42% live in Crete's main ceeties an touns whilst 45% live in rural auries.[2]

Admeenistration[eedit | eedit soorce]

Crete wi its nearbi islands form the Crete Region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Κρήτης), ane o the 13 regions o Greece which wur established in the 1987 admeenistrative reform.[3] Wi the 2010 Kallikratis plan, the pouers an authority o the regions wur redefinit an extendit. The region is based at Heraklion an is dividit intae fower regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefecturs). Frae wast tae east these are: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion an Lasithi. These are further subdividit intae 24 municipalities.

The region's govrenor is, syne 1 Januar 2011, Stavros Arnaoutakis, who wis electit in the November 2010 local admeenistration elections for the Panhellenic Socialist Muivement.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Ancient Crete Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics
  2. Crete, p.44, by Victoria Kyriakopoulos.
  3. Π.Δ. 51/87 "Καθορισμός των Περιφερειών της Χώρας για το σχεδιασμό κ.λ.π. της Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης" (Determination of the Regions of the Country for the planning etc. of the development of the Region, ΦΕΚ A 26/06.03.1987

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Crete The Official website of the Greek National Tourism Organisation