Peloponnese (region)

Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου
Administrative region of Greece
Coordinates: 37°24′N 22°18′E / 37.4°N 22.3°E / 37.4; 22.3Coordinates: 37°24′N 22°18′E / 37.4°N 22.3°E / 37.4; 22.3
Country  Greece
Decentralized Administration Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian
Capital Tripoli
Regional units
  Regional governor Petros Tatoulis (independent)
  Total 15,489.96 km2 (5,980.71 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 577,903
  Density 37/km2 (97/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code GR-J

The Peloponnese region (Greek: Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου), is a region in southern Greece. It borders the West Greece region to the north and Attica to the north-east. The region has an area of about 15,490 km². It covers most of the Peloponnese peninsula, except for the northwestern subregions of Achaea and Elis which belong to West Greece and a small portion of the Argolid peninsula that is part of Attica.


The Peloponnese region was established in the 1987 administrative reform. With the 2010 Kallikratis plan, its powers and authority were redefined and extended. Along with the West Greece and the Ionian Islands regions, it is supervised by the Decentralized Administration of the Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian Islands based at Patras. The region is based at Tripoli and is divided into five regional units (pre-Kallikratis prefectures), Arcadia, Argolis, Corinthia, Laconia and Messenia, which are further subdivided into 26 municipalities. The largest city of the region is Kalamata.

The region's governor is independent politician Petros Tatoulis, who was elected in the 2010 local elections and reelected in 2014.

Major communities

Unemployment Rate

The Greek financial crisis had severe consequences on Peloponnese's labor force. According to the statistics of the Labor Union of Korinthia, unemployment is recorded as follows:

Year Unemployed People
2010 28.353
2011 30.527
2012 35.722
2013 39.083
2014 41.944


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