Somogy County within Hungary
|• President of the General Assembly||Norbert Bíró (Fidesz-KDNP)|
|• Total||6,065.07 km2 (2,341.74 sq mi)|
|Area rank||5th in Hungary|
|• Rank||13th in Hungary|
7253 – 729x, 74xx – 75xx, 7918, 7977 – 7979, 86xx – 873x, 884x – 885x
|Area code(s)||(+36) 82, 84, 85|
|ISO 3166 code||HU-SO|
Somogy (Hungarian : Somogy megye, pronounced [ˈʃomoɟ] ; Croatian : Šomođska županija; Slovene : Šomodska županija, German : Komitat Schomodei) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in present Hungary, and also in the former Kingdom of Hungary.
Somogy County lies in south-western Hungary, on the border with Croatia (Koprivnica-Križevci County and Virovitica-Podravina County). It stretches between the river Dráva and the southern shore of Lake Balaton. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties of Zala, Veszprém, Fejér, Tolna, and Baranya. It is the most sparsely populated county in Hungary. The capital of Somogy County is Kaposvár. Its area is 6,036 km².
Somogy was also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory, which was slightly larger than that of present Somogy County, is now in south-western Hungary. The capital of the county was and still is Kaposvár.
In 2015, it had a population of 312,084 and the population density was 52/km².
Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 16,000), Germans (3,000) and Croats (1,500).
Total population (2011 census): 316,137
Ethnic groups (2011 census): Identified themselves: 287,692 persons:
Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census:
|1|| Barcs District |
|2|| Csurgó District |
|3|| Fonyód District |
|4|| Kaposvár District |
|5|| Marcali District |
|6|| Nagyatád District |
|7|| Siófok District |
|8|| Tab District |
The Somogy County Council, elected at the 2014 local government elections, is made up of 16 counselors, with the following party composition:
|Party||Seats||Current County Assembly|
|Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik)||3|
|Association for Somogy (Somogyért)||2|
|Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP)||1|
|Democratic Coalition (DK)||1|
|List of Presidents, from 1990|
|István Gyenesei (Independent)||1990–1994|
|István Kolber (MSZP)||1994–1998|
|István Gyenesei (Somogyért)||1998–2006|
|Attila Gelencsér (Fidesz-KDNP)||2006–2014|
|Norbert Bíró (Fidesz-KDNP)||2014–|
Somogy County has 1 urban county, 15 towns, 2 large villages and 227 villages.
(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)
municipalities are large villages.
Somogy County has a partnership relationship with:
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Siófok is a town in Somogy County, Hungary on the southern bank of Lake Balaton. It is the second largest municipality in Somogy County and the seat of Siófok District. It covers an area of about 124.66 km2 between Lake Balaton, the Mezőföld and the Outer Somogy-Hills. Lying at the firth of the Sió Channel, it serves as the most important logistic station for goods between Lake Balaton and the River Danube.
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Bálványos is a village in Somogy County, Hungary.
Szántód is a village in Somogy county, Hungary situated between Balatonföldvár and Zamárdi on the shore of the Lake Balaton. The village is famous for its ferry, ferryboats, the stunning view of Tihany from Szántód and the Szántódpuszta Tourist and Cultural Center which is a village museum ("skanzen"). It's just 13.4 km from Siófok, the major town of the area, 65.8 km from Kaposvár, the capital of Somogy County and 117 km from Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Kötcse is a village in Somogy county, Hungary. The village is known for being a summer resort because of its proximity to Lake Balaton and its good weather conditions. Several houses are weekend houses and have no permanent residents. Among others former Prime Minister and leader of the DK political party, Ferenc Gyurcsány spends his holidays here with his family. Since 2004 the settlement and the Dobozy Chateau hosts the Polgári Piknik meeting organized by the Polgári Magyarországért Alapítvány of the Christian-conservative elite. Leading figures of Hungarian life - politicians, thinkers, scientists, business people - gather together in the village for the event.
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