Nikaia, Attica

Coordinates: 37°58′N 23°38′E / 37.967°N 23.633°E / 37.967; 23.633
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Nikaia is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
Coordinates: 37°58′N 23°38′E / 37.967°N 23.633°E / 37.967; 23.633
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitPiraeus
MunicipalityNikaia-Agios Ioannis Rentis
 • Municipal unit6.649 km2 (2.567 sq mi)
40 m (130 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density13,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
184 xx
Area code(s)210
Vehicle registrationZ

Nikaia (Greek: Νίκαια, Níkaia), known before 1940 as Kokkinia (Κοκκινιά, Kokkiniá),[2] is a town and a suburb of the Piraeus agglomeration, in the southwestern part of the Athens urban area, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Nikaia-Agios Ioannis Rentis in the regional unit of Piraeus, and it is the seat and a municipal unit of the municipality.[3]


Nikaia is located 2.5 km (1.6 mi) north of Piraeus, and 7 km (4 mi) west of central Athens. The municipal unit has an area of 6.649 km2.[4] The main streets are Gregori Lambraki Street and Petrou Ralli Street.


Nikaia metro station of line 3 situated on the city. Also served by buses (OSY).


On August 17, 1944, took place the Executions of Kokkinia. It was the largest Nazi roundup and one of the largest-scale war crimes perpetrated during the German occupation of Greece.

Nikaia, like many other places around Greece, owes its population eruption to Greek refugees who were forced out of Asia Minor after the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war ended. It was part of the municipality of Piraeus until 1933, when it became a separate municipality, then still under the name Nea Kokkinia.[5] It was renamed to Nikaia in 1940.[2][5]

The 8th International Tournament of Nikaia, a chess tournament, took place between August 19 and 27, 2000. The Greek Weightlifting Grand Prix took place in Nikaia on December 9 and 10, 2003.


Nikaia has four sport clubs with important history. These are Proodeftiki with a great successful history in the football, Ionikos Nikaias with successful departments in the football (Ionikos Nikaias F.C.) and basketball (Ionikos Nikaias B.C.), A.E. Nikaias and Aris Nikaias.

Sport clubs based in Nikaia
Club Founded Sports Achievements
Proodeftiki 1927 Football, Basketball Long-time presence in Superleague
Chalkidona F.C. 1930 Football Earlier presence in Superleague
Ionikos Nikaias 1965 Football, Basketball, Water Polo Long-time presence in Superleague (taking part in the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup), earlier presence in A1 Basketball
Aris Nikaias 1973 (refounded) Basketball, Handball, Water Polo Panhellenic titles in women handball
A.E. Nikaias 1974 (refounded) Football , Volleyball One Greek cup in volleyball

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Historical population[edit]

Year Municipality
1981 90,368
1991 87,597
2001 93,086
2011 89,380


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ a b Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  4. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  5. ^ a b "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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