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Kilkis (regional unit)

Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Regional unit
Municipalities of Kilkis
Municipalities of Kilkis
Kilkis within Greece
Kilkis within Greece
Country Greece
Region Central Macedonia
Capital Kilkis
 • Vice Governor Christos Gountenoudis
 • Total 2,519 km2 (973 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 80,419
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Postal codes 61x xx
Area codes 234x0
ISO 3166 code GR-57
Car plates ΚΙ
Website .gr.kilkiswww

Kilkis (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Κιλκίς) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia. Its capital is the city of Kilkis.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Sites of interest 3
  • Transport 4
  • Administration 5
    • Prefecture 5.1
    • Provinces 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The geography of the regional unit of Kilkis is characterized by the wide and flat Axios river valley in the westcentral part, and mountain ranges on its western and northeastern edges. The mountain range in the west, on the border with Pella regional unit, is Mount Paiko (highest peak 1,650 m or 5,413 ft). In the north, the Kerkini range straddles the border with the Republic of Macedonia. At 1,874 m or 6,148 ft the highest peak in Kilkis regional unit is located here. The border with Serres regional unit to the northeast is formed by the lower Kroussia range (highest peak 1,179 m or 3,868 ft). Lake Doirani is situated in the north, shared with the Republic of Macedonia. Kilkis borders the Thessaloniki regional unit to the south.

The climate of the Kilkis regional unit is humid continental in the north, and humid subtropical in the lower regions.


The area of the modern regional unit was part of the Kingdom of Macedonia from the 8th century BC until the Third Macedonian War (171 BC - 168 BC), when it became a part of the Roman Empire. At the division of the Roman Empire in 395 AD, the area joined the eastern part, later known as the Byzantine Empire. Between the 7th century and the 11th century, it changed hands between the Byzantine Empire and the Bulgarian Empire repeatedly. In the 13th and 14th century Western Europeans and Serbs briefly ruled the area. The Ottoman Empire conquered the area in 1371, and ruled it until the First Balkan War of 1912. In the Second Balkan War of 1913, the Greek army captured the area, which became part of Greece. It absorbed many of the Greeks from Northern Macedonia (now the Rep. of Macedonia), especially from Gevgeli, Vogdantsa, Polyane and Stromnitsa.[1]

In the aftermath of the Turkey as part of the Treaty of Brest Litovsk.

Until 1939, when created into a separate prefecture, the area was part of the Thessaloniki Prefecture.[2] At the 2011 Kallikratis reform, the Kilkis Prefecture became a regional unit.

Sites of interest


The Motorway 1 (E75, Skopje - Polykastro - Thessaloniki - Athens) runs through the regional unit from north to south. Two railways pass through the regional unit: from Thessaloniki to Skopje via Polykastro and Eidomeni, and from Thessaloniki to Sofia, Istanbul and Alexandroupoli via Kilkis and Mouries.


The regional unit Kilkis is subdivided into 2 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):[3]


As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the former Kilkis Prefecture (

  • Municipality of Kilkis
  • Prefecture of Kilkis
  • History of the Greek Army at the Battle of Kilkis

External links

  1. ^ [in Greek: "Trapped...the Greeks of Skopje", Dimitrios Alexandrou, Erodios, Thessaloniki 2008]
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (1999). Administrative subdivisions of countries: a comprehensive world reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 152.  
  3. ^ a b Kallikratis reform law text PDF


See also

Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece.


New municipality Old municipalities Seat
Kilkis Kilkis Kilkis
Paionia Axioupoli Polykastro


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