Nea Ionia

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Nea Ionia
Νέα Ιωνία
Nea Ionia is located in Greece
Nea Ionia
Nea Ionia
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Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit North Athens
 • Mayor Iraklis Gotsis
 • Municipality 4.421 km2 (1.707 sq mi)
Elevation 130 m (430 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 67,134
 • Municipality density 15,000/km2 (39,000/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 142 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Z

Nea Ionia (Greek: Νέα Ιωνία, meaning New Ionia) is a northern suburb of Athens, Greece, and a municipality of the Attica region. It was named after Ionia, the region in Anatolia from which many Greeks migrated in the 1920s as a part of the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

Nea Ionia is 7 km northeast of Athens city centre. It is served by three STASY commuter rail stations: Nea Ionia, Pefkakia and Perissos.


In the past, the area was named Podarades after a Byzantine family (Podaras family) which has farms in this place.[2] The modern settlement was built after the Asia Minor Disaster, in 1923.[3] That year refugees, mainly from Pisidia of Asia Minor, settled in the area. The new settlement originally named Nea Pisidia. But later, due to the arrival many refugees from other places of Ionia, the settlement finally named Nea Ionia. The suburb developed rapidly thanks to carpet handicrafts. The refugees carried their expertise in Athens and opened important carpet handicrafts.[2][3] This branch was the main economical source for the residents of Nea Ionia for many years. Nea Ionia gradually increases its population and was expanded in a large area. The suburb today comprises the districts Perissos, Kalogreza, Alsoupoli, Pefkakia, Eleftheroupoli, Inepoli, Saframpoli and Neapoli.


Nea Ionia is the seat of the clubs O.F. Nea Ionia (Όμιλος Φιλάθλων Νέας Ιωνίας), club founded in 1926 with achievements in handball[4] and Nea Ionia F.C.. Other notable clubs are Eleftheroupoli F.C. with earlier presence in Beta Ethniki and DIKE.AS. Nea Ionia with current presence in A1 Ethniki handball. In the past there are also the important clubs PAO Saframpolis, PAO Kalogrezas and Ikaroi Neas Ionias which are inactive today.

Sport clubs based in Nea Ionia
Club Founded Sports Achievements
O.F. Nea Ionia 1926 Handball Panhellenic title in women handball
Eleftheroupoli F.C. 1929 Football Earlier presence in Beta Ethniki
Nea Ionia F.C. 1939 Football Presence in Gamma Ethniki
DIKE.AS. Nea Ionia 2004 Handball Presence in A1 handball men

Historical population

Year Population
1981 59,202
1991 60,635
2001 66,017
2011 67,134

Notable people


  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ΝΕΑ ΙΩΝΙΑ: «Ποδαράδες», το ταπητουργικό κέντρο της Ελλάδας". Retrieved 17 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ιστορία". Retrieved 17 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ιστορία". Retrieved 12 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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