Lesbos

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Lesbos

Περιφερειακή ενότητα / Δήμος
Λέσβου
View of Mytilene
View of Mytilene
Lesbos within the North Aegean
Lesbos within the North Aegean
CountryGreece
RegionNorth Aegean
CapitalMytilene
Area
 • Total1,632.8 km2 (630.4 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total86,436
 • Density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Lesbian
Time zoneUTC+2
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal codes
81x xx
Area codes225x0
Car platesΜΥ
Websitewww.lesvos.gr

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.