Part of the town
|Administrative region||Central Greece|
|• Mayor||Nikos Souliotis(New Democracy)|
|• Municipality||948.6 km2 (366.3 sq mi)|
|• Municipal unit||250.9 km2 (96.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||960 m (3,150 ft)|
|• Municipality density||14/km2 (36/sq mi)|
|• Municipal unit||8,575|
|• Municipal unit density||34/km2 (89/sq mi)|
|• Population||7,348 (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Karpenisi (Greek: Καρπενήσι, Greek pronunciation: [karpeˈnisi]) is a town in central Greece. It is the capital of the regional unit of Evrytania. Karpenisi is situated in the valley of the river Karpenisiotis (Καρπενησιώτης), a tributary of the Megdovas, in the southern part of the Pindus Mountains. Mount Tymfristos (2,315 m elevation) lies directly to the north of the town, and the foothills of mount Kaliakouda are in the south. Karpenisi has a ski resort and is a popular destination, especially during winter. It is called Switzerland of Greece for the resemblance with the mountainous country and its beauty, atypical for a Mediterranean place.
The name Karpenisi derives from the Aromanian word kárpinu (Carpinus betulus) + the ending -iş. The Greek spelling "Καρπενήσι" is influenced by folk etymology, the second combining form appearing to be "νησί" (island, pronounced [niˈsi]).
The municipality Karpenisi was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 6 former municipalities, that became municipal units:
- Domnista (Ampliani, Domnista, Krikello, Mesokomi, Psiana, Roska, Stavloi)
- Fourna (Fourna, Kleisto, Vracha)
- Karpenisi (Agia Vlacherna, Agios Andreas, Agios Nikolaos, Fidakia, Kalesmeno, Karpenisi, Koryschades, Myriki, Papparousi, Pavlopoulo, Sella, Stefani, Stenoma, Voutyro)
- Ktimenia (Agia Triada, Agios Charalampos, Chochlia, Domianoi, Petralona)
- Potamia (Aniada, Chelidonas, Dermati, Karitsa, Klafsi, Megalo Chorio, Mikro Chorio, Mouzilo, Nostimo, Sygkrellos)
- Prousos (Alestia, Aspropyrgos, Esochoria, Kastania, Katavothra, Prodromos, Prousos, Sarkini, Stavrochori, Tornos, Velota)
The municipality has an area of 948.570 km2, the municipal unit 250.887 km2.
Mayor of Karpenisi
- Kostas Bakoyannis, 1 January 2011 – 31 August 2014
- Nikos Souliotis, since 1 September 2014
- Zacharias Papantoniou (1877–1940), writer
- Ioannis Theodoropoulos, bronze medal in the pole vault 1896 Summer Olympics
- Georgios Kondylis (1878–1936), General of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece
- Charalambos Katsimitros (1886–1962), General of the Greek army who distinguished himself during the Greco-Italian War
- Pavlos Bakoyannis (1935–1989), Greek politician and journalist
Facts in Karpenisi
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- Dana Facaros; Linda Theodorou (2003). Greece. New Holland Publishers. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-86011-898-2.
- Oikonomou Konstantinos, Zagori toponym, Doctoral thesis, Ioannina 1986, p. 752-753.
- Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
- "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015.
- "Karpenisi, Greece". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
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