The city of Thessaloniki
The 33rd International Geodetic Student Meeting will take place at the historical city of Thessaloniki, which is the second-largest city in Greece, the capital of the Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Furthermore, Thessaloniki possesses the honorific title of “co-capital”, which stands as a reference to the city’s historical status as “co-reigning” city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinopole.
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe, while its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the southeastern European hinterland.
The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life and it is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fare and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Furthermore, for 2013, the National Geographic magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while for 2014 the city was not only declared to be the European Youth Capital (EYC) but also, the Financial Times FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) magazine declared Thessaloniki to be the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.