Heraklion Municipality (GR)



Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region's most fascinating and vibrant cities. It is full of places to discover. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents. The city is also the commercial and technological centre of the island. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures.

The Municipality of Heraklion first operated in the beginning of 1900, after the liberation of our island from the Turks. The development of its services has been obstructed during the occupation; however, it presents a startling development, especially during the last 50 years, in servicing the needs of its citizens and visitors.

The organisation of the Municipality Departments is responsible for delivering a wide range of services provided by the Municipality of Heraklion such us Housing, Cleansing, Planning and Social Services. In order to effectively deliver its services the Municipality of Heraklion employs about 950 workers. Depending on the staffing needs of each department, it employs both permanent (630) and temporary staff in various capacities.

Departmental structure

a. Coordinator of Services 
b. Special Municipal Services consisting of two departments 
c. Special Services consisting of one department 
d. Ten Divisions consisting of forty four departments. 

Municipal Buildings

  • • Town Hall (Lotzia) in Saint Titos Street
  • • Municipal Building in Androgeo Street
  • • Municipal Building in Daskalogianni Square
  • • Municipal Building in Aktarika
  • • Municipal Slaughterhouses
  • • Two Municipal Cemeteries
  • • Municipal Building of Mandra near the Airport
  • • Municipal Offices in Minoos Street
  • • Municipal Offices in Bedevi Workers' Residences
  • • Buildings that accommodate the Seven Centres for Senior Citizens



About region: 


 Population – demographics

The population of Region Crete is in 562.276 residents, that is the 5,3% of total population of country. The urban population amounts in the 42% of total population (1991) and presents tendency of increase concerning 1981. The rural population amounts in the 46% of total and it presents reduction, while the semi-urban population remains constant and amounts in the 12% of total.

Regional GNP (Gross national product)

The per capita GNP of Region Crete is higher than the corresponding medium per capita GNP of country. Concretely amounts in the 105,7% of means per capita GNP of country for year 1994, presenting a light improvement concerning the year 1989 that was 104,7%. At head GNP of Region corresponds in the 75% of means at head GNP of European Union in 1996 and it is classified in the poor Regions of EU, improving however her place concerning the year 1986, that amounted in the 57% of means at head GNP of Union and found in the 21st place between the Regions with lowest at head GNP. The Region produces the 5,7% of total GNP of country. In the primary sector are produced the 31%, in the secondary 13% and in the tertiary sector of the 56% of regional Crude Domestic Product. The corresponding percentages for the country are 15% for the primary sector, 25% for secondary and 60% for tertiary. The bigger part of GNP of Region is produced in the prefecture of Heraklion (51,1%), while follow the prefectures of Chania (23,4%), Lasithi (13,7%) and Rethymno(11,8%).


The economically active population of Region Crete amounts in 229,6 kms, while occupied in 219,1 kms (1997). The diachronic development of active population and employment last years (1993-97) presents increase, make that keeps pace with the diachronic increase of total population of Region. The 37,8% occupied worked in the primary sector, the 12,5% in the secondary sector and the 49,7% in the tertiary sector, while the equivalents national percentages are 19,8%, 22,5% and 57,7% (1997). With regard to the diachronic development of sectoral composition of employment, at duration of period 1993-1997 is observed a tendency of aid tertiary and primary sector, while in the secondary sector is observed relative bending.


The rate of unemployment in the Region in year 2010 reaches the 8% increased significantly within the previous year (4,6% - 2007) The capital city is Heraklion the central economic trade and social centre of the island.

The inquiring institutions have developed collaborations with industries except Crete, but the orientation in the local economy remains still in low levels. Besides, has been achieved satisfactory level of synergy, between the total inquiring and academic institutions of Region. The infrastructures that have been created in the frames of Technological Park of Heraklion have not been developed sufficiently, because the attracting of enterprises is small level. In the sector of services of health has been developed important inquiring activity in interdisciplinary base, with the growth of systems of telemedicine that can have important contribution in the effective management and exploitation of infrastructures of health. The tourism in Crete is the more dynamically developing sector.



Website: www.heraklion.gr


Post: Agiou Titou 1, Heraklion 71202, Crete Greece 
Telephone: +30-2810-399399 
Fax: +30-2810-227180