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Subject: Skopelos, Peristera, Piperi (Greece), Psathoura, Thessaly
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Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Regional unit
The Sporades
The Sporades
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
The Sporades within the Aegean Sea
Country Greece
Region Thessaly
 • Total 275.7 km2 (106.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 13,798
 • Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)

The (Northern) Sporades (; Greek: Βόρειες Σποράδες) are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea,[1] in the Aegean Sea. They consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.[1] They may also be referred to as the Thessalian Sporades (Θεσσαλικές Σποράδες).


  • Etymology 1
  • Administration 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


"Sporades" means "those scattered" (compare with "sporadic"), and was used from Classical Antiquity to refer to the Aegean island groups outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades. In modern geographical parlance, there are five different Sporades groups:


Sporades regional unit

As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Sporades (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Σποράδων) was created out of part of the former Magnesia Prefecture, region of Thessaly. The regional unit is subdivided into 3 municipalities. These are:[2]

The island of Skyros with a few uninhabited islets of its area is part of the region of Central Greece.


  1. ^ a b "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros notes "including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos."
  2. ^ Kallikratis reform law text PDF


  • "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros.

External links

  • Sporades The Official website of the Greek National Tourism Organisation
  • Since 1999 (English) (Greek)
  • (English) (Greek)
  • (English) (Greek)
  • Love skiathos (English)
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