Oinousses, alternative forms: Aignoussa or Egnoussa is a barren cluster of 1 larger and 8 smaller islands some 2 km off the north-east coast of the Greek island of Chios and 8 km west of Turkey. Administratively the islands form a municipality within the Chios peripheral unit, which is part of the North Aegean Periphery. The principal town of the islands and seat of the municipality is also called Oinousses. Oinousses has a small resident population, living primarily in the islands’ town of Oinoússes (pop. 999), and a recently built monastery. The town is centred around a square and a small port; it includes a school, several churches, a Naval high school and a maritime museum. The only other populated settlements are Kástron (pop. 32) and Aspalathrókampos (19). The vast majority of the workforce of the island is engaged in seafaring, fishing and goat-herding. The islands’ striking natural beauty explains why they form part of the European network “NATURA 2000”.

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