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Greece, Europe
Latitude: 38.15, Longitude: 24.99
Browse Greece map 38° 9′ 0″ N, 24° 59′ 24″ E
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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.



WANTED: a healthy and thriving community of Greek road fans and mappers from Greece and all corners of the world. Enquire below:

People mapping in Greece can add their user page to Category:Users in Greece


Greek is the official language of Greece, written in the Greek alphabet. By default:

  • name=* is for the Greek name (e.g. Ελλάδα)
  • name:el=* is also for the Greek name, optional but encouraged for sake of completeness
  • name:en=* is for the English name etc
  • int_name=* is for the Latin transliteration
  • official_name=* is for the long Greek name (e.g. Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου, as opposed to just Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου).

Most signs have transliterations that use the Latin alphabet (see

See Multilingual names, or you can join the discussion here.

Administrative Divisions

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

Road Network

road class tag ref description


highway=motorway ref=A#
  • multi-lane dual carriageways with grade separated junctions
  • they usually allow speeds up to 130km/h
National Highway

(Εθνική Οδός)

highway=trunk ref=EO#
  • primary national network
  • highways planned to become motorways
highway=primary ref=EO#
  • secondary national network
  • unnumbered highways connecting cities and major POI
highway=secondary ref=EO#
  • tertiary national network
Old National Highway

(Παλαιά Εθνική Οδός)

highway=secondary old_ref=EO#
  • old national highway routes
Provincial Road

(Επαρχιακή Οδός)

highway=secondary reg_ref=ΕΠ#
  • primary and secondary provincial network (unless restricted to the public or unpaved)
  • unnumbered roads connecting towns and minor POI
Local Road

(Τοπική Οδός)

  • roads connecting villages
  • residential roads with priority
Municipal Road

(Δημοτική Οδός)

  • streets only serving local residents
  • unpaved provincial roads
  • paved/unpaved rural streets serving factories, farms etc

E-roads in Greece


National Highways

Provincial Roads



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.

Overlays/backgrounds (web page of the former provides us with JOSM layers and detailed road maps

we can add the layer in JOSM, under imagery preferences


the road network map, based on the classification by ΔΜΕΟ can be found here

road refs and names, although helpful, they do come with some issues (multiple roads with same ref, old names, new sections, roads completely missing) and should not be taken too literally.


Quality control