Magnesia Prefecture

Magnesia Prefecture
Νομός Μαγνησίας
Former prefecture

Location of Magnesia Prefecture in Greece
Country Greece
Periphery Thessaly
Established 1899
Disestablished 2011
Capital Volos
  Total 2,367 km2 (914 sq mi)
Area rank [[List of the prefectures of Greece by area|]]
Population (2001)
  Total 193,439
  Rank [[List of the prefectures of Greece by population|]]
  Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)

Magnesia Prefecture (Greek: Νομός Μαγνησίας) was one of the prefectures of Greece. Its capital was Volos. It was established in 1899 from the Larissa Prefecture. The prefecture was disbanded on 1 January 2011 by the Kallikratis programme, and split into the regional units of Magnesia and the Sporades.

The toponym is ancient to the region. Ore that attracts iron is common in Magnesia, which is the origin of words such as magnet and magnetism[1] as well as another mineral, magnesium.


Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Magnesia.
  1. Online Etymology Dictionary,

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