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Flórina
Φλώρινα
View of the plain and the town of Florina
View of the plain and the town of Florina
Location
Coordinates 40°47′N 21°24′E / 40.783, 21.4Coordinates: 40°47′N 21°24′E / 40.783, 21.4
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 663 m (2,175 ft)
Government
Country: Greece
Periphery: West Macedonia
Prefecture: Florina
Mayor: Stephanos Papanastasiou
Population statistics (as of 2001[1])
City Proper
 - Population: 16,771
 - Area:[2] 150.6 km² (58 sq mi)
 - Density: 111 /km² (288 /sq mi)
Codes
Postal: 531 00
Area: 23850
Auto: ΡΑ
Website
www.cityoflorina.gr

Flórina (Greek: Φλώρινα), is a town in mountainous northwestern Macedonia, Greece and its motto is, 'Where Greece begins'[3]. It lies in the central part of Florina Prefecture, of which it is the capital. Florina belongs to the periphery of West Macedonia. The town's population is estimated as some 12,622 people (1991 census). It is in a wooded valley about 13 km south of the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Florina can refer to: Florina, a city in Greece, Florina Prefecture, the administrative unit where said city is located, Florina, a planet in Isaac Asimovs Foundation universe. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixels, file size: 301 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 685 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (800 × 700 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/png) Other versions Adapted from Image:Greece outline map. ... Image File history File links Red_pog. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries not observing daylight saving Eastern European Time (EET) is one of the names of UTC+2 time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) is one of the names of UTC+3 time zone, 3 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Eastern European Time Central Africa Time Israel Standard Time South Africa Standard Time Central European Summer Time West Africa Summer Time Category: ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... The peripheries (περιφέρειες) are the subnational divisions of Greece. ... West Macedonia is one of the thirteen peripheries of Greece, consisting of the western part of Greek Macedonia. ... Greece consists of 13 administrative regions known as Peripheries of Greece, which are further subdivided into 51 prefectures (nomoi, singular - nomos, Greek: νομοί, νομός)): See also List of the prefectures of Greece by area List of the prefectures of Greece by population density List of the prefectures of Greece by population External... Florina (Greek Φλώρινα) ( Macedonian / Slavonic Лерин / Lerin) is one of the fifty-one prefectures of Greece. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This is an alphabetical list of municipalities and communities in Greece. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Here are list of postal codes in Greece. ... This is a list of dialing codes in Greece. ... Greek car number plates are composed of three letters and four digits per plate (e. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Florina (Greek Φλώρινα) ( Macedonian / Slavonic Лерин / Lerin) is one of the fifty-one prefectures of Greece. ... The peripheries (περιφέρειες) are the subnational divisions of Greece. ... West Macedonia is one of the thirteen peripheries of Greece, consisting of the western part of Greek Macedonia. ...

Contents

Geography

Florina town hall.
Florina town hall.

It is located east of Korçë, Albania and Lake Prespa, south of Bitola, FYR Macedonia, west of Edessa, northwest of Kozani, and northeast of Ioannina and Kastoria. The nearest airport is situated to the east. The mountains of Verno is to the southwest and Varnous to the northwest. Image File history File links Florina1. ... Image File history File links Florina1. ... Korçë (Albanian: Korçë or Korça, Greek: Κορυτσά Koritsá , Italian: Corizza, South Slavic: Корча, Korcha or Корче, Korče, Aromanian: Curceaua, Turkish: Görice) is a major city in south-eastern Albania, located at near the border with Greece. ... Map Satellite image Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. ... Nickname: Motto: Bitolia, babam Bitolia Location of the city of Bitola (red) within the Republic of Macedonia Coordinates: , Government  - Mayor Vladimir Taleski Area  - City 422. ... National motto: None Official languages Macedonian2 Capital Skopje President Branko Crvenkovski Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 145th 25,713 km² 1. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Kozani (Greek: ), is a city in northern Greece, capital of Kozani Prefecture and of West Macedonia periphery. ... This article is about the Greek city. ... Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the periphery of West Macedonia. ... Verno (Greek: Βέρνο), older form: Vernon is a mountain range covering the northeastern Kastoria and southwestern Florina prefectures in Greece. ...


Florina is passed by GR-2 (Lake Prespa - Edessa) and GR-3/E65 (Kozani - Florina - Niki - Bitola). The historic Via Egnatia is situated to the east. The new GR-3 superhighway will run east of Florina. Ancient Via Egnatia route Via Egnatia (Greek: Εγνατία Οδός) was a road constructed by the Romans around 146 BC. It was named after Gnaeus Egnatius, proconsul of Macedonia, who ordered its construction. ... Map Satellite image Prespa is the name of two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe, shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia. ... Localization of Edessa Edessa (Greek: ) is an ancient town of 25,000 inhabitants in Central part of Macedonia, in Greece, and the capital of the Pella prefecture and is also the provincial capital of the province of the same name. ... Greece National Road 3 is a highway that is the old national road from Eleusis to Larissa, and near Tyrnavos to Elassonas and the new national road up to the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Niki and links with the M3. ... E65 is a name of a BMW car platform: BMW E65/E66 a European road: European route E65 This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Ancient Via Egnatia route Via Egnatia (Greek: Εγνατία Οδός) was a road constructed by the Romans around 146 BC. It was named after Gnaeus Egnatius, proconsul of Macedonia, who ordered its construction. ...


Name

The city's original Byzantine name, Χλέρινον (Chlerinon, "full of green vegetation"), derives from the Greek word χλωρός (chlorós, "fresh" or "green vegetation"). The name was sometimes latinicized as Florinon (from latin Flora, "vegetation"), and this form became the Turkish standard after the 17th century. The Slavic name for the city (Lerin, Лерин) is a bastardization of the word Chlerinon with loss of inintial /h/ in the local dialect (compare with Slavic Macedonian leb "bread" vs. Serbian hleb). Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Slavic (Greek: σλάβικα slávika, also referred to as εντόπια entópia (meaning local), reported self-identifying names: makedonski, slavomakedonski (Macedonian), pomashki, bugarski, balgarski (Bulgarian) [1]) are terms sometimes used to designate the dialects spoken by the Slavophone (i. ... A corruption of a word is the change of its spelling through errors and gradual changes in comprehension, transcription, hearing, etc. ... This article is about the Slavic language. ... Serbian (; ) is one of the standard versions of the Shtokavian dialect, used primarily in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and by Serbs in the Serbian diaspora. ...


History

Sakoulevas river in the town of Florina.
Sakoulevas river in the town of Florina.

Founded during the Byzantine period, Florina fell to the Ottoman Empire in the late 14th century. The demographic composition of the area the 19th and early 20th centuries is unclear as many factors contributed to the ethnic orientation of the people; out of these religion was particularly important thus giving rise to a proselytism struggle between the Greek Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Bulgarian Exarchate (established in 1870). In 1886, 78.4% of the Christian population of the Florina kaza (province) was aligned with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and 21.6% with the Bulgarian Exarchate, however by 1900 the Patriarchatists had dropped to 50.9% and Exarchatists had risen to 49.1%.[4] The actual Greek-speaking element in this area was concentrated in urban centres where it participated in the religious, administrative, social, and educational sectors of life, this presenting to the outside world a "Greek-like" picture of the area.[4] Image File history File links Sakoulevas. ... Image File history File links Sakoulevas. ... Byzantine redirects here. ... Motto دولت ابد مدت Devlet-i Ebed-müddet (The Eternal State) Anthem Ottoman imperial anthem Borders in 1683, see: list of territories Capital Söğüt (1299–1326) Bursa (1326–1365) Edirne (1365–1453) Ä°stanbul (1453–1922) Government Monarchy Sultans  - 1281–1326 (first) Osman I  - 1918–22 (last) Mehmed VI Grand Viziers  - 1320... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... The Patriarch of Constantinople is the Ecumenical Patriarch, the first among equals in the Eastern Orthodox communion. ... An early 20th century postcard depicting the Bulgarian St Stephen Church in Istanbul The Bulgarian Exarchate (Bulgarian: ) was the official name of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church before its autocephaly was recognized by the other Orthodox churches in the 1950s. ...


In the late 19th century, it became a major centre of Slavic agitation for independence from the Ottoman Empire, but in 1912 it became part of Greece following the First Balkan War. Before Greek administration, it was part of Manastır vilayet in Ottoman Empire. The town was contested again during the Second Balkan War, World War I, and World War II, during each of which it was occupied by Bulgaria. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Belligerents Ottoman Empire Balkan League: Bulgaria Greece Montenegro Serbia Commanders Nazim Pasha, Zekki Pasha, Essad Pasha, Abdullah Pasha, Ali Rizah Pasha Ivan Fichev, Vasil Kutinchev, Nikola Ivanov, Radko Dimitriev, Georgi Todorov Crown Prince Constantine, Panagiotis Danglis, Pavlos Kountouriotis King Nicholas I, Prince Danilo Petrović, Mitar Martinović, Janko Vukotić Radomir Putnik... Nickname: Motto: Bitolia, babam Bitolia Location of the city of Bitola (red) within the Republic of Macedonia Coordinates: , Government  - Mayor Vladimir Taleski Area  - City 422. ... Combatants Bulgaria Greece Serbia Montenegro Romania Ottoman Empire Commanders Mihail Savov, Nikola Ivanov, Vasil Kutinchev, Radko Dimitriev King Constantine, Radomir Putnik, Crown Prince Ferdinand, Alexandru Averescu Strength 500,000 men Serbia 220,000 men, Romania 300,000 men, Greece 150,000 men, Montenegro 12,000 men The Second Balkan War... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Economy

Florina is a market town with an economy dominated by cross-border trading and the sale of local produce (especially grain, grapes, and vegetables). It also has textile mills and is known for locally manufactured leather handicrafts. It also has a University that has recently changed from being a branch of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, to a part of the University of Western Macedonia. The word grain has several meanings, most being descriptive of a small piece or particle. ... Species Vitis acerifolia Vitis aestivalis Vitis amurensis Vitis arizonica Vitis x bourquina Vitis californica Vitis x champinii Vitis cinerea Vitis x doaniana Vitis girdiana Vitis labrusca Vitis x labruscana Vitis monticola Vitis mustangensis Vitis x novae-angliae Vitis palmata Vitis riparia Vitis rotundifolia Vitis rupestris Vitis shuttleworthii Vitis tiliifolia Vitis... For other uses, see Leather (disambiguation). ... The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (often referred to in English as Aristotelian University), named after the philosopher Aristotle, is the largest university of Greece. ...


Landmarks

  • Florina Archaeological Museum, [1]
  • Florina Byzantine Museum, [2]
  • Florina Museum of Modern Art, [3]

Communications

Radio

  • ERA Florinas - an ERA affiliate,
  • website
  • http://www.kanali3.gr/
  • http://www.radioflorina.gr/
  • http://www.e-radio.gr/

Villages and Subdivisions

  • Nymfaio (Νυμφαίο)
  • Drosopigi, Florina (Δροσοπηγή)
  • Armenochori (Αρμενοχώρι)
  • Koryfi (Κορυφή)
  • Mesonissi (Μεσονήσι)
  • Proti (Πρώτη)
  • Skopia (Σκοπιά)
  • Trivouni (Τρίβουνο, 2005 pop: 10)
    • village (2001 pop: 5)
    • Kalogeritsa (Καλογερίτσα, 2001 pop: 5)
  • Kratero (Κρατερό, 1991 pop: 208)

Nymfaio (also spelled Nimfeo or Nymphaio, Greek: ) is a community in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... http://dim-drosop. ... Proti is a small village located approximately 5 kilometers from Florina. ...

Notable persons

  • Augoustinos Kantiotes - Metropolitan of Florina.
  • Necati Cumalı - Turkish novelist, short-story writer and poet

Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes (1907 - ) is a defender of traditional Greek Orthodox beliefs. ... Necati Cumalı Necati Cumalı is a Turkish novelist, short-story writer and poet born in Florina, in Greece, in 1921 and whose family had settled in Urla near İzmir in the framework of the 1923 agreement for Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations. ...

Historical population

Year Population Change Municipal population Change Density
1981 12,573 - - - -
1991 12,355 -218/-1,73% 14,873 - 98.76/km²
2003 - - 14,318 - 95.07/km²

References

  • The Columbia Encyclopedia, 2004
  • Encyclopædia Britannica, 2005
  • The Penguin Encyclopedia of Places, 1999
  • Rough Guide to Greece, Mark Ellingham et al, 2000
  1. ^ PDF (875 KB) 2001 Census (Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΣΥΕ). www.statistics.gr. Retrieved on 2007-10-30.
  2. ^ (Greek) Basic Characteristics. Ministry of the Interior. www.ypes.gr. Retrieved on 2007-08-07.
  3. ^ Florina official website.
  4. ^ a b Richard Clogg, Minorities in Greece: Aspects of a Plural Society, pp 123-124

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External links

  • City of Florina
  • Florina Prefecture
  • Presentation of Florina - TEI of Pireas
Florina (Greek Φλώρινα) ( Macedonian / Slavonic Лерин / Lerin) is one of the fifty-one prefectures of Greece. ... Aetos (Αετός) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Amyntaio (Αμύνταιο) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Filotas (Φιλώτας) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Kato Kleines (Κάτω Κλεινές) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Meliti (Μελίτη) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Perasma (Πέρασμα) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Prespes (Πρέσπες) is a municipality in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Krystallopigi (Greek: ) is a community in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Lechovo (Greek: ) is a community in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Nymfaio (also spelled Nimfeo or Nymphaio, Greek: ) is a community in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... Variko (Βαρικό) is a community in the Florina Prefecture, Greece. ... 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