Sklithro, Florina

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Sklithro (Greek: Σκλήθρο, before 1927: Ζέλενιτς – Zelenits;[2]Bulgarian and Macedonian Slavic: Зелениче, Zeleniche)[3][4][5] is a small village located about 40 kilometres southwest of Florina, the capital of Florina regional unit in northwestern Greece. It is situated in a valley at the foot of the Vitsi mountain range halfway along the Amyntaio – Kastoria local road.

Place in Greece

Aerial view of Sklithro



Country Greece
Administrative region West Macedonia
Regional unit Florina
Municipality Amyntaio
Municipal unit Aetos

680 m (2,230 ft)

  Population 532 (2011)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
530 75
Area code(s) 23860

Sklithro is currently inhabited by 532 permanent residents (2011 census).[6]

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In 1845 the Russian slavist Victor Grigorovich recorded Zelenich as mainly Bulgarian village.[7]

At its peak in the first part of the twentieth century, the population of the village had reached about 3,500 inhabitants.[citation needed] There were two Bulgarian and one Greek school in the village in the beginning of 20th century.[8] The population decrease can be attributed to many causes including World War I, the population exchange with Turkey following the Treaty of Lausanne, World War II, as well as the Greek Civil War which affected Sklithro and the surrounding region. Following the Civil War, the village saw an exodus of people migrating to North America, Australia, and other European countries, where opportunity and a better way of life existed. Today, the village is experiencing a bit of a rejuvenation.[citation needed] Many of the formerly abandoned homes have been or are in the process of being renovated. Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of the village and is celebrated with an annual potato festival in the month of August. During the summer months tourism also plays an important role, with visitors including former residents or their decedents.[citation needed] Also, nearby are the tourist attractions of Nymfaio and the Arcturos bear refuge.

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