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(zä`kĭnthôs) or


(zăn`tē), Lat. Zacynthus, island (1991 pop. 32,556), c.157 sq mi (407 sq km), W Greece, in the Ionian Sea; one of the Ionian IslandsIonian Islands
, chain of islands (1991 pop. 193,734), c.890 sq mi (2,310 sq km), W Greece, in the Ionian Sea, along the coasts of Epirus and the Peloponnesus. The group is made up of Kérkira, Paxoí, Lefkás, Kefallinía, Itháki,
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. The chief town is Zákinthos, a port and trade center and the capital of Zákinthos prefecture. Wine, currants, citrus fruits, and olive oil are produced on the fertile, intensively cultivated island. According to tradition, the island was settled by persons led by Zacynthus, son of the Arcadian chief Dardanus. Earthquakes devastated the island in 1514, 1893, and 1953; it was rebuilt completely after the last quake.



an island in the Ionian Sea; the southernmost island of the Ionian Islands. It belongs to Greece. Area, 408 sq km. It is separated from the Peloponnesus by the Zakinthos Strait (approximately 20 km wide). There is a limestone massif (756 m) in the western part with slopes that fall sharply to the sea; it is covered with maquis and phrygana. The eastern part is a hilly plain with gardens, vineyards, and olive groves. There are asphalt deposits. The main city and port is Zakinthos.

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Zakynthos Island, also known as Zante, is positioned on the Ionian Sea.
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In the heart of the island lies Zakynthos Town, which has kept much of the island's traditional charm, whilst the Vassilikos peninsula is lined with unspoilt beaches along its east coast as well as a number of traditional tavernas.
The remaining 11 are on the Greek islands of Corfu/ Kerkyra (CFU), Crete/Chania (CHQ), Kefalonia (EFL), Kos (KGS), Mitilini (MJT), Mykonos (JMK), Rhodes (RHO), Samos (KGS), Santorini (JTR), Skiathos (JSI) and Zakynthos (ZTH).
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A police statement on Monday says the man, who has Pakistani and British nationality, was arrested at airport passport control on the western resort island of Zakynthos.
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On 27 September, the European Commission decided to take Greece to the EU Court of Justice over a landfill site in a protected area on the island of Zakynthos.