Halki (alternatively Chalce or Chalki) is a Greek island and municipality in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea, some 6 km (4 mi) west of Rhodes. Its name originates from the copper [halkos in Greek] mines that used to exist on the island. Since 1983, it has been nominated as the «Island of Peace and Friendship» among the youth of the world, offering qualitative staying conditions and marvelous peace. With the area of 28 km2 (11 sq mi), it is the smallest inhabited island of Dodecanese. It is part of the Rhodes peripheral unit. It has permanent population of 330 (increased during the summer months), concentrated in the only village Emporio. The 2001 census showed a population of 313 inhabitants. The community is divided in two parts, Chorio and Emporio (the port).