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However, we should consider as more important the social developments in postwar Thessalonica. Firstly, the progressive rise in the standard of living and the enlargement of middle layers limited drastically the social turbulences that the city had met during the Interwar. In this period was also completed the transformation of the social web of Thessalonica .So the old discriminations between the local and the refugees (prewar and postwar) were nullified. This development also appears in the urban picture of Thessalonica: The nomination of Thessalonica as "cultural capital of Europe" in 1997 constituted a recognition of the cultural activities that are already carried out in the Macedonian capital, but also of the prospects of growth that its intellectual and artistic forces present. In addition, Thessalonica tries to maintain its own rythms in cultural activities. These tendencies also have their positive consequences: They contribute to the creation of a climate in the city, that opposes to conservatism and enhances the renewal of social models and intellectual and cultural orientations. Parallel was also the cultural growth of Thessalonica. The Aristotelian University, that had begun in the 1926 with only 65 students, had in 1960 9.000, in 1970 28.000, in 1976 37.000 and today has above 60.000. The city also obtained a second Institution of Higher Education, the University of Macedonia, which possesses for years many libraries, various and appreciable intellectual and cultural centres, museums, arts galleries, theatres, and symphonic orchestras. It has also to demonstrate many scientific and artistic events (mainly at the period of "Dimitrios"), but also tens of scientists and artists.

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