History

Florina was the northernmost town occupied and annexed by Greek troops during the Balkan Wars of 1912–13; its location just south of the mountains kept it near the front in subsequent wars. The existence of Greece's (Slavic) Macedonian minority, denied outright by the government and Greece's latter-day fascists, has always been sensitive in the Florina, Edessa and Prespa regions, where the Macedonian language is still spoken by many Greek people. Pressure from Greek society, media and government has suppressed it, but you'll still hear Macedonian spoken, though usually in villages and by older people.