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Donousa > Facts and figures about the island June 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.

Distance > 120 nautical miles from Piraeus.

Inhabitants > 120 people (2001 census).

Villages > Stavros, Mersini, Kalotaritissa.

Schools > Primary school with six pupils, junior high school (5 pupils) with senior high school classes (2 pupils).

Healthcare > A regional surgery but no specialized doctor or nurse have been found to fill the posts and in reality it functions as an Agrotiko (rural surgery).

Economic activities > Livestock, farming, tourism; some community and civil service employees.

Transport > Blue Star Ferries runs a direct service from Piraeus Mondays and Wednesdays, from June to September the service will be three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the Skopelitis Express runs a ferry service with stops at Naxos, the Lesser Cyclades and Amorgos.

Tourist infrastructure > 120 rooms for rent, 2 travel agencies, 7 cafe-tavernas, 1 minimarket, 1 kiosk-newsagent, 1 bakery, open summer only.

The Mayor > Yiannis Prasinos > The community president is a cheerful person who has focused his efforts on the infrastructure works required on the island: the water supply network and the cistern that is to be constructed later to store water. “We were once completely forgotten but over the last 15 years things have been better. We get some funding, they didn’t used to give anything to these islands before.”

Together with his fellow islanders he is trying to find a way to prolong the tourist season. He wants the island to be known for quiet holidays and attract people who want to relax and swim in crystal-clear water.

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