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Greece, Europe
Latitude: 38.15, Longitude: 24.99
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Greece is a country in Europe at latitude 38° 9′ 0″ North, longitude 24° 59′ 24″ East.

This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to Greece.



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Administrative divisions of Greece

As of 2011, Greece is divided into:

  • 7 Decentralized Administrations (Αποκεντρωμένες Διοικήσεις)
  • 13 Regions (Περιφέρειες)
  • 325 Municipalities (Δήμοι)
Admin level Administrative division NUTS level
3 Autonomous Monastic State
Αυτόνομη Μοναστική Πολιτεία
4 Decentralized Administration
Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση
5 Region
6 Regional Unit/former prefecture
Περιφερειακή Ενότητα/πρώην νομός
7 Municipality
8 Municipal Unit/former municipality
Δημοτική Ενότητα/πρώην δήμος
9 Community/former municipal district
Κοινότητα/πρώην δημοτικό διαμέρισμα
10 Settlement

Attica Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Αττικής)
Relation: Relation 4477553 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Aegean Sea Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Αιγαίου)
Relation: Relation 4496067 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Macedonia - Thrace Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Μακεδονίας - Θράκης)
Relation: Relation 5208399 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Epirus - West Macedonia Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Ηπείρου - Δυτικής Μακεδονίας)
Relation: Relation 4458374 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Thessaly - Central Greece Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Θεσσαλίας - Στερεάς Ελλάδας)
Relation: Relation 4495677 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Peloponnese, West Greece and Ionian Sea Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου)
Relation: Relation 4495892 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Crete Administration (Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Κρήτης)
Relation: Relation 4496068 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Roads in Greece

  • officially there are 3 types of roads in Greece: motorways, national highways and provincial roads


  • dual-carriageways with 2 or more lanes per direction, limited access through grade separated intersections
  • speeds up to 130km/h
  • odd motorway numbers are assigned to vertical routes, and even numbers to horizontal ones
  • major motorways are numbered A1 to A8, their branches have 2-digit numbers
  • minor spurs have 3-digit numbers, specific for major cities (Thessaloniki A121-129, Larisa 141-149 etc)

National Highways

  • 1 or 2-digit numbers defined by a government decision published in 1963, revised in 1998
  • number signs appear randomly and a lot of them are wrong

Provincial Roads

  • 1 or 2-digit numbers defined by a government decision published in 1956
  • each prefecture has separate numbering


tag type description
motorway Motorways


  • dual carriageways with 2 or more lanes per direction, limited access through grade separated intersections.
  • They usually allow speeds up to 130km/h
trunk road National Highways/Avenues

(Εθνικές Οδοί/Λεωφόροι)

  • major national highways connecting major cities
  • large urban avenues
primary road National Highways

(Εθνικές Οδοί)

  • minor/old National Highways connecting minor cities (population over 10000), former prefecture capitals and major points of interest (national airports, archeological sites, seaports, border crossings)
  • primary urban roads
secondary road Provincial Roads

(Επαρχιακές Οδοί)

  • numbered provincial roads
  • unnumbered roads connecting towns (population over 2000), municipality seats and minor points of interest
  • secondary urban roads
tertiary road
  • minor roads connecting villages
  • tertiary urban roads
residential road
  • streets only serving local residents
minor road
  • paved/unpaved rural streets serving factories, farms etc

Possible new classification and numbering
by JayCBR

E-road network in Greece

E55 Igoumenitsa - Preveza - Amfilochia - Agrinio - Antirrio - Rio - Patra - Pyrgos - Kyparissia - Tsakona - Kalamata
E65 Niki (border with Skopje) - Florina - Kozani - Larisa - Farsala - Lamia - Amfissa - Itea - Antirrio - Rio - Korinthos - Tripoli - Kalamata - - - Kissamos - Chania
E75 Evzonoi (border with Skopje) - Katerini - Larisa - Lamia - Athens - Piraeus - - - Chania - Irakleio - Siteia
E85 Ormenio - Orestiada - Alexandroupoli
E90 Igoumenitsa - Ioannina - Kozani - Veroia - Thessaloniki - Kavala - Alexandroupoli - Kipoi (border with Turkey)
E79 Promachonas (border with Bulgaria) - Serres - Thessaloniki
E86 Krystallopigi (border with Albania) - Florina - Edessa - Gefira
E92 Igoumenitsa - Ioannina - Trikala - Larisa - Volos
E94 Korinthos - Elefsina - Metamorfosi - Markopoulo
E853 Ioannina - Kalpaki - Kakavia
E951 Ioannina - Arta - Amfilochia
E952 Agrinio - Karpenisi - Lamia
E961 Tripoli - Sparti - Gytheio
E962 Elefsina - Thiva

Names language

  • Greek is the official language of Greece, written in the Greek alphabet
  • most signs are also written in the Latin alphabet through transliteration (
  • street names are written with "Οδός"(street) or "Λεωφόρος"(avenue) prefix, followed by the name in genitive case (e.g. Οδός Δημοκρατίας/Λεωφόρος Δημοκρατίας)
tag name description example notes
name=* default name in local language Δημοκρατίας "οδός" and "λεωφόρος" are omitted
name:el=* name in Greek Δημοκρατίας "οδός" and "λεωφόρος" are omitted
name:en=* name in English Democracy street/avenue
int_name=* transcribed name Dimokratias "οδός" and "λεωφόρος" are omitted
old_name=* old Greek Name "οδός" and "λεωφόρος" are omitted

see Multilingual names or you can join the discussion here

Tags that are used in Greece

Keys and Values specific to Greece



In most of Greece, Bing satellite imagery is acceptable detailed to trace in most features. They are useful for tracing routes to "unconnected" villages and so on, but please respect subsequent developments, since satellite imagery can easily go out of date. If Bing does not have imagery for an area you want to trace, try other compatible satellite imagery or check back later, as Bing periodically updates more areas to acceptable detail.

As with any imagery sources in the world, terrain can distort the imagery, making roads appear to deviate from the GPS traces: sometimes, the scale of deviation can change rapidly. In such cases, the editor should realign the Bing imagery accordingly, but consider the quality of the GPS trace as well. How much you need to realign the imagery will depend on the area you are tracing. For example: in Corfu(Κέρκυρα), you should realign by Easting: 3.07661E-6 and Northing: 6.02635E-7.

θέματα με το Nominatim

Το Nominatim είναι λογισμικό του OpenStreetMap που χρησιμοποιείται για να μπορεί ένα άτομο να αναζητήσει σημεία(όπως συνοικίες, διευθύνσεις κτλ.). Το Nominatim χρησιμοποιείται στην κεντρική σελίδα αναζήτησης του OpenStreetMap.


Στην Θεσσαλονίκη η Μενεμένη, οι Αμπελόκηποι και η Πολίχνη ήταν με τις ετικέτες place=town , δηλαδή "Μέρος κωμόπολη". Αυτά τα σημεία δεν μπορούν να θεωρηθούν "κωμόπολη" λόγο ότι βρίσκονται μέσα στην Θεσσαλονίκη, η 2η μεγαλύτερη πόλη της Ελλάδας. Τα έβγαλα και έβαλα "συνοικία"(place=suburb). Εάν κάποιο/κάποια από αυτά δεν είναι σωστά παρακαλώ βοηθήστε και διορθώστε τα.


Gymnasio Lefkimmis: Nominatim "thinks" it is located in "Zagori". That is because "Zagori" is a node and it doesn't specify an area, so Nominatim "believes" that it covers a huge area. This can be resolved by changing some tags for the node, then specify the boundaries for the Prefecture it is located in(which is Νομός Ιωαννίνων). donating aerial imagery covering all areas of Greece?


Municipality of Sykies

wikipedia:en:Sykies I would like for some time to add streetnames from a map of the technical department of this municipality. To do that I need to ask for permission or if they can free the data. Logictheo 08:51, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Κέρκυρα (Corfu)

Lets start mapping Corfu, someone has already started. Within the next couple of months we will get some GPS units in Corfu ---unsigned by Samdee21 10:22, 16 March 2008 (UTC)


I have done a lot of cycling the last week, so in a few days time a will add 300 km of cycling, pedestrian, track, etc etc.... In the neigbourhood of Kalavarda. Please check my spelling, cause it is a bit of a hassle with all those Greek symbols. GercoKees 12:41, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Chios island

wikipedia:en:Chios Anyone interested in mapping leave me a message! --Life Support Systems 12:11, 18 April 2010 (UTC)


The major road network of Sifnos seems to be done. A few of the major footpaths, beaches and POIs are done. Matt 21:04, 10 August 2009 (UTC)


The major road network (all surfaced roads) is done. Some (~20%, maybe) of the unsurfaced roads are done. A few beaches are done. A fair number of POIs in the Chora are present. --Matt 17:07, 31 August 2011 (BST)

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