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Greece, Europe
latitude: 38.3, longitude: 23.6
Browse map of Greece 38°18′00.00″ N, 23°36′00.00″ E
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Greece is a country in Europe at latitude 38°18′00.00″ North, longitude 23°36′00.00″ East.

OpenStreetMap images (and underlying map data) are freely available under OpenStreetMap License.
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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 (transcription)*
  • 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).

*Transcription to the Latin alphabet must be according to ISO 843 type 2 (see ISO 843, first page-second column and read the notes).

See Multilingual names.

Administrative divisions

As of 2011, Greece is divided into:

  • 7 Decentralized Administrations (Αποκεντρωμένες Διοικήσεις) and 1 Autonomous Monastic State (Αυτόνομη Μοναστική Πολιτεία)
  • 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

Decentralized Administrations

Roads in Greece

osm tag road class ref description
highway=motorway Motorway


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

(Εθνική Οδός)

  • primary national network
  • highways planned to become motorways
highway=primary National Highway

(Εθνική Οδός)

  • secondary national network
  • unnumbered highways connecting cities and major POI
highway=secondary National Highway

(Εθνική Οδός)

  • tertiary national network
Old National Highway

(Παλαιά Εθνική Οδός)

  • old national highway routes
Provincial Road

(Επαρχιακή Οδός)

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

(Τοπική Οδός)

  • roads connecting villages
  • residential roads with priority
highway=residential Municipal Road

(Δημοτική Οδός)

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

Junction structure

In progress

See also:



From 21 August 2017, Bing, DigitalGlobe, Esri and Mapbox satellite imagery will all be acceptable for nearly all of Greece. All are useful for tracing routes to "isolated" villages and so on, but please respect subsequent developments, because satellite imagery can easily go out of date.

You can easily access satellite imagery from the three providers with iD, JOSM and Potlatch 2. If you used JOSM for a long time, you may have to add the desired satellite imagery manually, via the Preferences menu.

As with all imagery sources in the world, terrain can distort the imagery, making roads appear to deviate from the GPS traces, although GPS traces are not always accurate: sometimes, the scale of deviation can change rapidly. In such cases, the editor should realign the imagery accordingly, but consider the quality and age of the GPS trace as well.

How much you need to realign the imagery will vary by location, firstly because of the frequent updates to the imagery, and also because Greece sits on two tectonic plates (Aegean Sea and Eurasia): both are moving south-west and south respectively, at variable speeds roughly between 7 to 37 millimetres per year.

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

We can add the layers in JOSM, under imagery preferences, and then choose the road network map layer (or any other layer we want).

The legend for the road network map layer can be found here (only 1,2,3,4 and 5 "colors" are valid).

The web version of the road network map, based on the classification by the Directorate of Road Infrastructure (ΔΜΕΟ), can be found here.

Road numbers and names (based on published official documents), 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 ….


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