Περιφερειακή ενότητα
Municipalities of Imathia
Municipalities of Imathia
Imathia within Greece
Imathia within Greece
Coordinates: 40°35′N 22°15′E / 40.583°N 22.250°E / 40.583; 22.250
RegionCentral Macedonia
 • Vice GovernorKonstantinos Kalaitzidis
 • Total1,701 km2 (657 sq mi)
 • Total130,026
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal codes
59x xx
Area codes233x0
Car platesHM

Imathia (Greek: Ημαθία [imaˈθia]) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Macedonia, within the geographic region of Macedonia. The capital of Imathia is the city of Veroia.


Naousa, Imathia

The regional unit Imathia is subdivided into 3 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):[1]


As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Imathia was created out of the former Imathia prefecture (Greek: Νομός Ημαθίας). The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below.[1]

New municipality Old municipalities Seat
Alexandreia Alexandreia Alexandreia
Naousa Naousa Naousa
Veroia Veroia Veroia
Apostolos Pavlos


The former prefecture of Imathia was subdivided into the following provinces:[2]

Provinces of Imathia Prefecture Seat
Imathia Province Veroia
Naousa Province Naousa

Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece since 2006.


The northeastern part of Imathia, along the lower course of the river Aliakmonas, is a vast agricultural plain known as Kampania or Roumlouki. The area is known for the production of fruit crops, such as peaches and strawberries. Much of the population lives in this plain, where the towns Alexandreia and Veroia are situated. Imathia has a short shoreline on the Thermaic Gulf, around the mouth of the Aliakmonas. The mountainous western part of Imathia is covered by the Vermio Mountains, reaching 2,052 metres near the city of Naousa. The Pierian Mountains reach into the southern part of Imathia, south of the Aliakmonas. The regional unit borders on Pieria to the south, Kozani to the west, Pella to the north and Thessaloniki to the east. Imathia has a mainly Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.


The railway from Thessaloniki to Florina and the important railway from Thessaloniki to Athens pass through Imathia, with main stations at Platy, Veroia and Alexandreia. The motorways A2 (Egnatia Odos) (Igoumenitsa - Ioannina - Veroia - Thessaloniki) and A1 (Athens - Lamia - Larissa - Thessaloniki) and the Greek National Roads EO1, EO4 and EO4a pass through Imathia. The Alexandreia Airport is a military airport.


The entrance to the "Great Tumulus" at Vergina.

Imathia was named after the historic region Emathia, which was used by several classical authors as a synonym for Bottiaea or even all of Macedon. Important ancient towns in the area of present Imathia were Aegae and Beroea. As a part of the Macedonia region, it was ruled by the kingdom of Macedonia, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and from early 15th century by the Ottoman Empire. In 1913, as a result of the Second Balkan War, it became part of Greece. During and after the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), several refugees from Turkey settled in Imathia. Initially part of the prefecture of Thessaloniki, Imathia became a prefecture in 1946, and Veroia was selected as its capital.[3]





Sports clubs

See also


  1. ^ a b "ΦΕΚ A 87/2010, Kallikratis reform law text" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  2. ^ "Detailed census results 1991" (PDF). (39 MB) (in Greek and French)
  3. ^ FEK 1946 nr. 35