The term "Northern Greece" is widely used to refer mainly to the two northern regions of Macedonia and Thrace; thus the Thessaloniki-based Ministry for Macedonia and Thrace was known as "Ministry for Northern Greece" until 1988.
The term may also, according to context, incorporate the region of Thessaly and/or Epirus.
When Epirus (but not Thessaly) is included, it is broadly coterminous with the "New Lands" , the territories added to the Greek state after the Balkan Wars of 1912–13, as opposed to pre-1912 "Old Greece".
Voreia Ellada is also one of the four Greek NUTS regions, created for statistical purposes by the European Union.
Until 2014, it encompassed the 4 administrative regions East Macedonia and Thrace, Central Macedonia, West Macedonia and Thessaly.
Coming into effect in January 2015, the Greek regions were redefined, with Voreia Ellada now encompassing Epirus instead of Thessaly. This NUTS division is not used by Greece for any administrative purposes.