The city of Korydallos is located at the southwest of Attica basin considered an urban suburb of the metropolitan area of Athens – and very closed to the central port of Piraeus. Korydallos’ ancient history is related to Clisthenes’ political reformation of ancient classical Athens at 508 B.C. while was one of the 100 municipalities of Attica. Through different crucial historical spots such as 1922 Minor Asia Catastrophe ( a great number of refugees were settled to the extend area), 1946’ recognition as Municipality (14.360 residents), 1950’s new wave of population “inside migration” after Civil War (31.199 residents), 1960’s the construction of the largest state prison in the country, Korydallos became gradually a contemporary city which population is estimated to 70.000 inhabitants (according to the national census of 2011 is 63.445 people).
The administrative limits of the city are 5,41 km2, of which 2,94 km2 constitute the residential area which is organized into 10 Planning Units, heterogeneous both in size and population. The key issue regarding the demographic trends of the area, associated with the rapid increase in the aged groups of population, reflecting the wider problem of low birthrate and aging population.
Municipality of Korydallos constitutes a local authority which deal with a wide range of activities spreading in the fields of development, administration, social cohesion, participation and environmental protection. Having at first priority targets related to sustainable development in the city attributes equal significance to all three dimensions, that is, social cohesion, environment and economical growth as well. Municipality of Korydallos aspires to become a city that can offer qualitative living conditions to citizens, seeking at the same time for being established as a city of knowledge and innovation that can provide the appropriate conditions for attracting innovative enterprises.
Regarding the socio-economic situation in the city, the employment model that prevails is that of employment work. Unfortunately the unemployment is a serious problem, during the last decade and especially during the ongoing economical crisis (it is estimated about 22%). The economic sector that experiences the most of the suppression is the manufacturing sector of SMEs.
An important element in local economic activity is the tertiarisation of business. The 75.14% of local companies ranked in the tertiary sector of production, and 22.18% of companies in secondary. Regarding employment, in contrast to previous decades, high concentration recorded in tertiary production sector which reaches 83% of employees, while employment in the secondary sector has continued decline over time with rates of around 16.5%. Activities with particular growth within the limits of the city, are those of leisure and commerce.
Municipality’s of Korydallos strategy is focused on the participation in European projects (URBACT; Europe for Citizens; Erasmus +, etc), networks (“Cities and cinemas of Europe”, “Europa Cinemas”, “Eurokids”, “Youth and Cinema”) and campaigns.