Nea Smyrni
Nea Smyrni is a southern suburb of Athens
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, Greece
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. Nea Smyrni is located about 5 km SW of downtown Athens, about 5 km SW of Kifissias Avenue
Kifissias Avenue
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, W of Vouliagmenis Avenue
Vouliagmenis Avenue
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, about 6 km E of Piraeus
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, and NE of Poseidonos Avenue
Poseidonos Avenue
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The area was once partly made up of farmlands, with woods dominating the landscape, and its mixed farming included pastures, vegetables, and groves ; forests lay to the east. Following the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey
Population exchange between Greece and Turkey
The 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey was based upon religious identity, and involved the Greek Orthodox citizens of Turkey and the Muslim citizens of Greece...

 in 1922, a number of refugees principally from Smyrna
Smyrna was an ancient city located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia. Thanks to its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defence and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence. The ancient city is located at two sites within modern İzmir, Turkey...

, (today's İzmir
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), arrived and settled in the southwestern part of Athens, which became Nea Smyrni. Many of its inhabitants, including the soccer team of Panionios
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, moved here from Smyrna, transforming the plain into an urban area.

The district is mainly made up of residential areas with a few business areas particularly on Syngrou Avenue. Its two main streets have been linked since 1995 with interchanges and the roads connecting with Hymittos Street and Syngrou Avenue to the north. The Athens Industrial Area lies to the north.

Nea Smyrni has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, post offices and squares (plateies
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) with a good number of high-end bars, cafes and shops.

Sporting Teams

  • Panionios F.C. plays in the Super League Greece
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  • Panionios BC plays in the A1 Division
    A1 Ethniki
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  • Panionios Water Polo plays in the A1 Division
    A1 Ethniki Water Polo
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  • AONS Milon (Greek: ΑΟΝΣ Μίλων)

Sites of interest

  • Nea Smyrni Stadium
    Nea Smyrni Stadium
    Nea Smyrni Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Athens, Greece. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Panionios FC which plays for the Greek Super League. The stadium is located in the southern suburb of Nea Smyrni , which is the heart of the team's fanbase...

    , built in 1939, renovated in 1988. Panionios FC plays in the stadium.
  • Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall, holds up to 1,832 persons, website:
  • Nea Smyrni Square (Greek: Πλατεία Νέας Σμύρνης)
  • Nea Smyrni Central Park (Greek: Άλσος Νέας Σμύρνης)
  • Estia (Greek: Εστία)

Historical population

Year Population
1928 210
1933 6.500
1940 15.000
1951 22.074
1961 32.865
1971 42.512
1981 67.408
1991 69.749
2001 73.986

It is the fourth-most densely populated municipality in Greece (following Neapoli
Neapoli, Thessaloniki
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, Kallithea
Kallithea is the 8th largest municipality in Greece and the 4th biggest in the Athens urban area...

, and Ampelopikoi
Ampelokipoi, Thessaloniki
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