Key Features

    Overcoming the economic crisis that the country has experienced since 2010, the Region of Western Greece is an attractive place for investment, and offers to its potential investors, a number of opportunities related to the Region’s strategic geographical position and its unique competitive advantages.

    Each Regional Unit has unique characteristics. Achaea is an area with a long and important industrial tradition, as it constitutes  the industrial and research center of the Region offering two main receptors for businesses. Etoloakarnania and Ilia are the predominantly agricultural areas of the Region which provide suitable soil for traditional agricultural products, and PDO-PGI products. At the same time, each area of the Region is a tourist destination either in its traditional or in its alternative form.

    The Region of Western Greece combines unique characteristics and therefore, constitutes  a leading tourist destination in Greece. produces unique products - mainly in the agri-food sector, is an emerging regional transport center and has well-trained human resources of high scientific and technical training.


    1. General Information

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    Total Area : 11,336 sq.m (6th at national level)

    Regional Units: Aetolia-Acarnania, Achaea, Ilia

    Capital city : Patras

    Location: 38ο 30΄41΄΄ Ν, 21ο 34΄14΄΄ Ε, northwestern part of Peloponnese and western part of Central Greece

    Climate: Mild winters and hot summers in  lowlands and cold winters and cool summers in mountainous areas

    Geomorphology: 45.3% mountainous, 25.6% semi-mountainous, 29.1% lowlands

    Altitude: Lowest elevation: Mediterranean Sea: 0m, Highest elevation: Aroania Mountains: 2,374m


    2. Geographical Significance

    The Region of Western Greece is Greece’s gateway to Western Europe and therefore, it occupies   an important geostrategic position. It is linked to large urban centers, such as Athens and Ioannina. RWG is a region ofgreat natural resources, with a plethora  of mountains, rivers, lagoons, NATURA areas and natural monuments, while its diversity and climate are suitable for a variety of activities.


    3. Population structure

    Population: 655,189 inhabitants (2019), 6.1% of the population of the Territory

    Population Structure by Regional Unit

    Regional Unit

    % share of total population

    Aetolia Acarnania







    Population Structure by age group

    Age group

    % share of total population

    <20 years


    20-60 years


    >60 years



    Economically active population: 282,500 (6th among all Greek Regional Units)

    Birth rate: 7.63 births / 1,000 inhabitants

    Main cities of the Region of Western Greece














    4. Basic Transport Infrastructure

    Railroad network:

    • Network of 213 km
    • Double line in the Kiato-Aigio section
    • Patras Suburban Railway
    • Railway connection Diakopto-Kalavryta
    • Tourist railway connection Ancient Olympia-Katakolo
    • It is anticipated that the port of Patras will be linked to the national railway network soon


    Road Network:

    • Motorways of 235km., National network of 895km., provincial road network of 3,520km.
    • Patras-Athens Highway
    • Ionia Odos
    • Rio-Antirio Bridge
    • It is anticipated that Patras and Pyrgos will be linked through a highway soon


    Main Ports:

    • Port of Patras
    • Port of Kyllini
    • Port of Katakolo
    • Port of Astakos
    • Port of Aigio



    • Aktio Airport (Etoloakarnania)
    • Araxos Airport (Achaeia)
    • Epitalio Airport (Ilia)



    • Patras Marina
    • Kleopatra-Aktio Marina
    • Amphilohia Marina
    • Nafpaktos Marina


    5. Main Educational Infrastructures

    Main Educational Infrastructures in the Region of Western Greece


    Reference Area

    University of Patras

    Patras, Amaliada, Agrinio, Messolonghi, Pyrgos, Aigio

    University Campus,

    Rio Achaea, Post Code: 26504

    University of Peloponnese


    1 Meg. Alexandrou Street,  Patras, Post Code: 26334

    Hellenic Open University


    18 Par. Aristotelous Street,

    Patras, Post Code: 26335


    6. Main Organized Business Hubs

    Main Organized Business Hubs in  Western Greece


    Reference Area

    Patras Industrial Area


    Kato Achaghia, Post Code: 25200

    Glafkos Craft Park



     Patras, Post Code: 26332

    Patras Science Park


    Stadiou, Platani
    Post Code: 26504


    7. Technology in the Region of Western Greece

    • Internet Use of RWG: 70.3% (5th among the 13 Regional Units)
    • 36% users for more than 11 years
    • 511,702 with broadband connections
    • 407,020 inhabitants (16-74 years) have  online connection
    • Percentage of employees in High Technology Sectors, engaged in the primary sector: 27.4%
    • Percentage of Businesses with Internet connection: 82%