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|• Mayor||Irena Milecová|
|• Total||123.42 km2 (47.65 sq mi)|
|Elevation||378 m (1,240 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||+421 47|
Tisovec (Hungarian : Tiszolc, German : Theissholz, Latin: Taxovia) is a town in central Slovakia. Its population is around 4,000.
Tisovec is situated in the valley of the river Rimava, at the foots of the Muránska planina plateau. The landscape there gives the impression of a small town in the mountains. Some other towns close to it are Brezno, Hnúšťa and Revúca.
The first settlement in the area dates all the way to the Bronze Age. The first written evidence of the town comes from the year 1334 during the reign of King Charles I of Hungary as Tizolc.
The name "Tisovec" comes from the yew tree (in Hungarian "tiszafa", in Slovak "tis"), which can be found in the hills around the town. Tisovec received its charter as a town at the end of the 15th century. The development of the town was halted by raids of the Ottoman Turks in the 16th and 17th centuries. The town's renaissance came in 1780, when Maria Theresia renewed its market privileges.
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According to the 2001 census, the town had 4,215 inhabitants. 95.75% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 2.87% Roma, 0.78% Czechs and 0.43% Hungarians.The religious makeup was 34.59% people with no religious affiliation, 32.91% Lutherans and 29.54% Roman Catholics.
Nowadays, there are two major employers in the town.
The Calmit company owns the local mine and produces lime. History of the mine goes all the way back to 1870.
CSM Tisovec is a machine building company with 530 employees and annual turnover of 0.5 billion Korunas. The company produces special extensions for trucks which enable them to work in severe conditions or build on the number of jobs that a particular truck can do. The company exports its products to several countries.
A Paper mill and the clothing industry have had a history in the town as well, although they are dying out due to globalization.
The town has touristic potential for its proximity to Muránska planina mountain karst. Also, the mineral water spring is worth mentioning.
Besides the Vladimír Clementis Elementary School, there are two secondary education schools in Tisovec. An "industrial school" (technical college) founded in 1953 is able to board more students than it currently does. The Lutheran Gymnasium Tisovec, founded in 1992, The Lutheran Gymnasium is perceived to be among the better high schools in Slovakia. It is mostly a boarding school and has approximately 300 students
Tisovec is twinned with:
Tim Flakoll, Senator from North Dakota was among the volunteers who helped remodel and build the Christian Gymnasium in the early 1990s.
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