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Place.png Athens
Capital and largest city of Greece.

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece.

The Municipality of Athens has an official population of 664,046 people.The four regional units that make up what is referred to as Greater Athens have a combined population of 2,640,701. They together with the regional unit of Piraeus (Greater Piraeus) make up the dense Athens Urban Area which reaches a total population of 3,090,508 inhabitants (in 2011). According to Eurostat, Athens had in 2013 3,828,434 inhabitants, having decreed compared with the pre-economic crisis.[1]date of 2009 (4,164,175)

Economy and infrastructure

The port of Pireus (Athens) is the terminal for the Chinese 'Land Sea Express Route', part of the New Silk Roads project.

Athens is the financial capital of Greece. According to data from 2014, Athens as a metropolitan economic area produced 130 billion US-dollars as GDP in PPP, which consists nearly a half of the production for the whole country.

Athens is one of the major economic centres in south-eastern Europe and is considered as a regional economic power in Europe generally. The port of Piraeus, where big investments by COSCO have already been delivered during the recent decade and the completion of the new Cargo Centre in Thriasion,[2] are the economic landmarks of the upcoming years.

Important Greek companies such as Hellenic Aerospace Industry, Hellas Sat, Mytilineos Holdings, Titan Cement, Hellenic Petroleum, Papadopoulos E.J., Folli Follie, Jumbo S.A., OPAP, and Cosmote have their headquarters in the metropolitan area of Athens. Multinational companies such as Ericsson, Sony, Siemens, Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft, Novartis, Mondelez, Coca-Cola, etc. have their regional research and development headquarters also there.

The banking sector is represented by National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, and Piraeus Bank, while the Bank of Greece is also situated in the City Centre. The Athens Stock Exchange, the only in Greece, has been severely hit by the Greek government-debt crisis and the decision of the government to proceed into capital controls during summer 2015. As a whole the economy of Athens and Greece has been severely hit.[3]


Groups Headquartered Here

Athens University of Economics and Business1920Economics and Business University
Greece"In 2006... the third biggest arms importer after China and India."
National Technical University of Athens1837The oldest higher education institutions of Greece and the most prestigious among engineering schools
Panteion University1927Linked to the development of social sciences in Greece.
University of Athens1837An integral part of the modern Greek academic and intellectual tradition
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