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Administrative Region : Central Macedonia
Regional unit : Imathia

Platy (Greek: Πλατύ) is a town and a municipality in eastern Imathia, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Alexandreia, of which it is a municipal unit.[1]


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History

Platy was founded in 1924 by Greek refugees from Turkey after the Asia Minor Catastrophe. They came from the villages of the Farassa area in Cappadocia (today the city in Turkey is called Peras or Feke). After many stops on their journey, their final destination was Platy. Before Platy was founded, there was a small village strategically near a railway station. It was 35 km from Veria, 40 from Thessaloniki and 512 from Athens. When Platy was founded it remained a small village with 2,300 inhabitants (as a separate community) but with a very important role in the area of Imathia. In the industrial area of Platy until the mid 1990s there were over 1,500 workers from Platy, Veria and Thessaloniki. However, after the economic crisis of 1999-2002, many of the factories based in the industrial zone of Platy were closed. Today there are only three factories, one of them being of national importance (the sugar state-owned factory "EBZ" or the Hellenic Industry of Sugar). Some other small factories are based in the same industrial zone. In 1994, Platy absorbed three smaller communities and in 1998 another nine. Today, Platy is the centre of the municipal unit of Platy (about 11,000 inhabitants). The town has a population of about 2,300. There is a frequent train service to Athens and Thessaloniki and the visitor can also reach Platy by bus or car (following A1, A2 - Egnatia Odos and the E90 routes). There have been recent discussions about upgrading the old military airport 2 km NW of Platy for civil use.

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Subdivisions

The municipal unit Platy is subdivided into the following communities

Division of the municipality of Platy , population 11128 (2001)

Population
Year Municipal district Municipality
1951 2,315 10,350
1961 2,063 10,410
1971 1,970 10,206
1981 2,367 11,064
1991 2,498 11,304
2001 2,299 11,128

See also

List of settlements in the Imathia prefecture


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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