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The traditional geographic regions of Greece (Greek: γεωγραφικά διαμερίσματα, lit. 'geographic departments') are the country's main historical-geographic regions, and were also official administrative regional subdivisions of Greece until the 1987 administrative reform. Despite their replacement as first-level administrative units by only partly identical administrative regions (Greek: περιφέρειες), the nine traditional geographic regions—six on the mainland and three island groups—are still widely referred to in unofficial contexts and in daily discourse.
As of 2011[update], the official administrative divisions of Greece consist of 13 regions (Greek: περιφέρειες)—nine on the mainland and four island groups—which are further subdivided into 74 regional units and 325 municipalities. Formerly, there were also 54 prefectures or prefectural-level administrations.
|Geographic region||Post-1987 administrative region(s)||Map|
|Aegean Islands||split into North Aegean, South Aegean|
|Central Greece||split into Attica, Central Greece, part of Western Greece|
|Ionian Islands||identical, apart from Kythira, which became part of Attica|
|Macedonia||split into Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia, part of East Macedonia and Thrace|
|Peloponnese||split into Peloponnese, part of Western Greece|
|Thrace||merged into East Macedonia and Thrace|