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Prefecture and Province: Drama (capital)

41.151/41°9'6" N lat.
24.1/24°8'22" E long
Population: (2011)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank



115 m (centre)
Number of communities: -
Postal code: 661 00
Area/distance code: 11-30-25210 (030-25210)-2 through 7
Municipal code: 1002
Car designation: PM
3-letter abbreviation: DR
Address of administration: 14 Armen St
Drama 661 00

About Drama

Drama (Δράμα) is a town in northeastern Greece, the capital of the prefecture of Drama. The Drama prefecture is part of the East Macedonia and Thrace periphery.

In the Roman occupation era, Drama was known as Dravescus (Δραβήσκος), and it had been a trade center and a military camp on the Roman Via Egnatia. Drama remained a trade centre during Byzantine times. The city fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1371 and remained in Turkish hands until the First Balkan War when it was captured by the Bulgarians. It was liberated by the Greek army in 1913 during the Second Balkan War but was reoccupied by Bulgarian troops during World War I between 1916 and 1918. During the Second World War, following the German invasion of Greece, Drama was again occupied by Bulgarians until 1944.

The economy of the modern-day Drama area had heavily relied upon the local paper and clothing industries during the previous years. However, these industries have moved across the border to Bulgaria, with a devastating impact on the local community's economy and employment. Other sources of income include agriculture, consisting mainly of tobacco plantations, small-scale mining and forest industry. Recently, there have been efforts to take advantage of the rich local natural environment and develop ecotourism in the area.

There is a modern ski resort on Mount Falakro. Drama also hosts an annual short film festival.

The street named Armen is named from the hero of Macedonian fight (1904-1908) Armen Kouptsios, from Volakas. Drama also has a tertiary football/soccer team named Drama FC which did not win the "Future Cup" (Kypelon Melon) in 2005.

Sporting teams


Drama has schools, lyceums, gymnasia, banks, a post office, a sporting centre, a train station, and squares (plateies).

Historical population

Year Population Change Municipal population Change
1981 37,118 - - -
1991 37,604 486/1.39% 47,925 -
2001 43,485 - 55,632 -

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