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The European Schools Newspaper, Issue No 3, 47th Primary School of Piraeus Piraeus Location Piraeus is located within the Athens urban area, 12 kilometres southwest from the centre of Athens and lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. For more information about Piraeus, please visit: Importance The port of Piraeus is the chief port in Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and the third largest in the world, serving about 20 million passengers annually. It is placed among the top container ports in the Eastern Mediterranean. The city hosted events both in the 1896 and the 2004 Olympics held in Athens. more than two months. Population According to the 2011 census, Piraeus had a population of 163,678 people within its administrative limits, making it the fourth largest municipality in Greece and the second largest within the urban area of the Greek capital, following the municipality of Athens. The municipality of Piraeus and several other suburban municipalities within the regional unit of Piraeus (Nikea, Rentis, Keratsini, etc.) form the greater Piraeus area, with a total population of 448,997 people. 2