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Principality of the Ionian Islands
Περιφέρεια Ιονίων
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Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
(and largest city)
  others German
Prince George I
Military Governor General Carl von Ritchberg
Area 2,307 km² km²
Population 220,097 
Established 1825-1829
Currency Conventionsthaler


The Principality of the Ionian Islands was a protectorate of Austria between 1825 and 1829. It was ruled by the future George I of Greece, whose government handled internal affairs, and finances. Austria handled defense, foreign affairs, trade etc. An Austrian Military Governor represented the government of Austria on the island.

Following the independence of Greece in 1826, and the establishment of a monarchy in 1829, George I of Ionia became the first king of Greece.

Government and Politics

Role of the Military Governor

The Military Governor had de facto full authority over the country, although they where removed.


The principality was divided into four provinces, which remain as subdivisions of the Greek Ionia Province to this day:

  • Corfu
  • Kefalonia
  • Lefkada
  • Zakynthos
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