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East Macedonia and Thrace (Greek: Ανατολική Μακεδονία και Θράκη, formally Περιφέρεια Ανατολικής Μακεδονίας και Θράκης) is one of the thirteen regions of Greece. It consists of the northeastern parts of the country, comprising the eastern part of the region of Macedonia along with the region of Thrace, and the islands of Thasos and Samothrace.


East Macedonia and Thrace was established in the 1987 administrative reform. With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with Central Macedonia, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace based at Thessaloniki. The region is based at Komotini and the largest city is Kavala. It is divided into the Macedonian regional units of Drama, Kavala and Thasos and the Thracian regional units of Xanthi, Rhodope and Evros. Before the Kallikratis reform, the regional units (except Thasos, which was part of Kavala) were administered as separate prefectures. Since 1994, they were grouped into the Drama-Kavala-Xanthi and Rhodope-Evros super-prefectures.

The region's governor is, since 1 January 2011, Aristeidis Giannakidis, who was elected in the November 2010 local administration elections for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement.
Major communities

Alexandroúpoli (Αλεξανδρούπολη) - 65.894 people
Dráma (Δράμα) - 56.062 people
Kavála (Καβάλα) - 74.186 people
Komotiní (Κομοτηνή) - 66.580 people
Xánthi (Ξάνθη) - 55.360 people

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East Macedonia and Thrace region

Administrative division of the East Macedonia and Thrace Region
Area 14,157km²
Population 611,067 (2001)
Capital Komotini
Regional unit of Drama
  • Doxato - Drama - Kato Nevrokopi - Paranesti - Prosotsani
  • Regional unit of Evros
    Alexandroupoli - Didymoteicho - Orestiada - Samothrace - Soufli
    Regional unit of Kavala
    Kavala - Nestos - Pangaio
    Regional unit of Rhodope
    Arriana - Iasmos - Komotini - Maroneia-Sapes
    Regional unit of Thasos
    Regional unit of Xanthi
    Abdera - Myki - Topeiros - Xanthi

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