WikiProject Greece

From OpenStreetMap Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Available languages — WikiProject Greece
· Afrikaans · Alemannisch · aragonés · asturianu · azərbaycanca · Bahasa Indonesia · Bahasa Melayu · Bân-lâm-gú · Basa Jawa · Basa Sunda · Baso Minangkabau · bosanski · brezhoneg · català · čeština · corsu · dansk · Deutsch · eesti · English · español · Esperanto · estremeñu · euskara · français · Frysk · Gaeilge · Gàidhlig · galego · Hausa · hrvatski · Igbo · interlingua · Interlingue · isiXhosa · isiZulu · íslenska · italiano · Kiswahili · Kreyòl ayisyen · kréyòl gwadloupéyen · Kurdî · latviešu · Lëtzebuergesch · lietuvių · magyar · Malagasy · Malti · Nederlands · Nedersaksies · norsk bokmål · norsk nynorsk · occitan · Oromoo · oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча · Plattdüütsch · polski · português · română · shqip · slovenčina · slovenščina · Soomaaliga · suomi · svenska · Tiếng Việt · Türkçe · Vahcuengh · vèneto · Wolof · Yorùbá · Zazaki · српски / srpski · беларуская · български · қазақша · македонски · монгол · русский · тоҷикӣ · українська · Ελληνικά · Հայերեն · ქართული · नेपाली · मराठी · हिन्दी · भोजपुरी · অসমীয়া · বাংলা · ਪੰਜਾਬੀ · ગુજરાતી · ଓଡ଼ିଆ · தமிழ் · తెలుగు · ಕನ್ನಡ · മലയാളം · සිංහල · བོད་ཡིག · ไทย · မြန်မာဘာသာ · ລາວ · ភាសាខ្មែរ · ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ ⵜⴰⵏⴰⵡⴰⵢⵜ‎ · አማርኛ · 한국어 · 日本語 · 中文(简体)‎ · 吴语 · 粵語 · 中文(繁體)‎ · ייִדיש · עברית · اردو · العربية · پښتو · سنڌي · فارسی · ދިވެހިބަސް
Greece, Europe
latitude: 38.3, longitude: 23.6
Browse map of Greece 38°18′00″ N, 23°36′00″ E
Edit map
External links:
Use this template for your city

Greece is a country in Europe at latitude 38°18′00″ North, longitude 23°36′00″ East.

OpenStreetMap images (and underlying map data) are freely available under the OpenStreetMap License.
Greece 640.png


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

Regions in Greece Attica · Central Greece · Central Macedonia · Crete · Eastern Macedonia and Thrace · Epirus · Ionian Islands · North Aegean · Peloponnese · South Aegean · Thessaly · Western Greece · Western Macedonia · Mount Athos (autonomous state)

Road Network


See also:


road class tag ref description


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

(Εθνική Οδός)

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

(Παλαιά Εθνική Οδός)

highway=secondary old_ref=ΕΟ#
  • 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

Junction structure

In progress



In most of Greece, Bing satellite imagery is acceptably detailed to trace in most features. They are useful for tracing routes to "isolated" 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 Mapbox satellite imagery or other compatible satellite imagery or check back later, as Bing periodically updates more areas to acceptable detail.

You can easily access Bing and Mapbox satellite imagery with iD, JOSM and Potlatch 2.

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, lack of continuity, etc.) and should not be taken too literally. Corrections to easily overlooked errors can be explained with note:highway=*. For example, note:highway=Although OKXE shows this as ΠΕΟ1, this would have left an unacceptable gap between ΕΟ8 and ΕΟ54 ….


Quality control