Lesbos

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Lesbos
Περιφερειακή ενότητα / Δήμος
Λέσβου
Regional unit
View of Mytilene
Lesbos within the North Aegean
Coordinates: 39°10′N 26°20′E / 39.167°N 26.333°E / 39.167; 26.333Coordinates: 39°10′N 26°20′E / 39.167°N 26.333°E / 39.167; 26.333
Country Greece
Region North Aegean
Capital Mytilene
Area
 • Total 1,632.8 km2 (630.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 86,436
 • Density 52.9373/km2 (137.107/sq mi)
Demonym Lesbian
Postal codes 81x xx
Area codes 225x0
Car plates ΜΥ

Lesbos is an island in Greece. It is in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It is one of 51 prefectures of Greece. The capital of Lesbos is the Mytilene. According to Classical Greek mythology, Lesbos was the patron god of the island.

The word 'lesbian' comes from Lesbos. An ancient poet, Sappho, lived on Lesbos. Many of her love poems are written to women.