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   THESSALONIKI (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, Thessaloníki, also familiarly known as THESSALONICA or SALONICA, is the second-largest city in GREECE and the capital of MACEDONIA, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.
   Was founded in 315 BC by CASSANDER of MACEDON. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430, and passed from the Ottoman Empire to GRECE on November 8, 1912.
   Is located on the THERMAIC GULF, at the northwest corner of the AEGEAN SEA. It is bounded on the west by the delta of the Axios/Vardar.
   Is GREECE's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre.The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be GREECE's cultural capital.
   In 2013, National Geographic Magazine included THESSALONIKI in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared THESSALONIKI as the best mid-sized European City of the Future for Human Capital and Lifestyle (i.s.).


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