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The City of Chania, the capital of Chania prefecture, is located at the northeast09 part of the prefecture and constitutes the administrative, economic, commercial, and transport center of the homonymous prefecture. The Municipality of Chania, after applying “Kallikratis” Public Administration Reform Plan, consists of seven Municipal Units (former municipalities): Akrotiri, Eleftherios Venizelos, Keramia, Nea Kydonia, Theriso, Souda, and Chania. The Municipality of Chania borders on Platania to the west, on Sfakia to the south, on Apokorona to the east, while its entire northern part borders the Sea of Crete. The total area of the new Municipality is 356.12 square kilometers. The resident population of the Municipality of Chania, according to the data of the recent population census (2011) conducted by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, is 108.642 residents, a number that represents 17.4% of the total Cretan population (623.065 residents) and about 1% of the total population of Greece (10.815.197 residents).

The City of Chania is the capital of the Municipality and the second largest city of Crete, built over the ruins of the Minoan city Kydonia. Its area is 12.56 square kilometers with a population of 53.910 inhabitants (population census 2011). The city has two major gates: the airport in Akrotiri and Souda harbour, which is the biggest natural harbour of the Mediterranean. The city of Chania constitutes a crossroad of civilizations and continents with a long history, natural beauty, unique architecture and rich tradition. The main characteristic of the city is the Venetian port of the old city with the Egyptian lighthouse that has survived for many centuries and attracts the eye of residents and visitors.