Vas County within Hungary
|• President of the General Assembly||László Majthényi (Fidesz-KDNP)|
|• Total||3,336.14 km2 (1,288.09 sq mi)|
|Area rank||17th in Hungary|
|• Rank||17th in Hungary|
95xx – 99xx
|Area code(s)||(+36) 94, 95|
|ISO 3166 code||HU-VA|
Vas (Hungarian : Vas megye, pronounced [ˈvɒʃ] ; German : Komitat Eisenburg; Slovene : Železna županija or županija Železna, Croatian : Željezna županija) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) of Hungary. It was also one of the counties of the former Kingdom of Hungary. It is part of the Centrope Project.
Vas county lies in western Hungary. It shares borders with Austria (Burgenland) and Slovenia (Mura Statistical Region) and the Hungarian counties Győr-Moson-Sopron, Veszprém and Zala. The capital of Vas county is Szombathely. Its area is 3,336 km².
Vas is also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory is now in western Hungary, eastern Austria and eastern Slovenia. The capital of the county was Szombathely.
Vas county arose as one of the first comitatus of the Kingdom of Hungary.
In 1920, by the Treaty of Trianon the western part of the county became part of the new Austrian land Burgenland, and a smaller part in the southwest, known as Vendvidék became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later renamed to Yugoslavia). In the Vendvidék in 1919 was founded an unrecognized state the Prekmurje Republic, alike in Burgenland the Lajtabánság. The remainder stayed in Hungary, as the present Hungarian county Vas. After World War II due to Communist reforms, a small part of former Sopron county went to Vas county, some villages north of Zalaegerszeg went to Zala county, and a small region west of Pápa went to Veszprém county.
Since 1991, when Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia, the Yugoslavian part of former Vas county (around Murska Sobota) is part of Slovenia.
The Vas county is home to a small Slovene minority, which lives in the area between the town of Szentgotthárd and the Slovenian border (see Hungarian Slovenes).
In 2015, it had a population of 253,997 and the population density was 76/km².
Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Croats (approx. 3,000), Roma (2,500), Germans (2,000) and Slovenes (1,500).
Total population (2011 census): 256,629
Ethnic groups (2011 census): Identified themselves: 225 052 persons:
Approx. 39,000 persons in Vas County did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.
Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census:
|1|| Celldömölk District |
|2|| Körmend District |
|3|| Kőszeg District |
|4|| Sárvár District |
|5|| Szentgotthárd District |
|6|| Szombathely District |
|7|| Vasvár District |
The Vas County Council, elected at the 2014 local government elections, is made up of 15 counselors, with the following party composition:
|Party||Seats||Current County Assembly|
|Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik)||2|
|Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP)||2|
|Mayors Association for Vas County (PVME)||1|
|List of Presidents, from 1990|
|Gyula Pusztai (MSZP)||1990–1998|
|Péter Markó (Fidesz)||1998–2006|
|Ferenc Kovács (Fidesz-KDNP)||2006–2014|
|László Majthényi (Fidesz-KDNP)||2014–|
Vas County has 1 urban county, 12 towns and 203 villages.
(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)
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Veszprém is an administrative county (megye) in Hungary. Veszprém is also the name of the capital city of Veszprém county.
Zala is an administrative county in south-western Hungary. It is named after the Zala River. It shares borders with Croatia and Slovenia and the Hungarian counties Vas, Veszprém and Somogy. The capital of Zala county is Zalaegerszeg. Its area is 3,784 square kilometres (1,461 sq mi). Lake Balaton lies partly in the county.
Győr-Moson-Sopron is an administrative county in north-western Hungary, on the border with Slovakia and Austria (Burgenland). It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Komárom-Esztergom, Veszprém and Vas. The capital of Győr-Moson-Sopron county is Győr. The county is a part of the Centrope Project.
Zala was an administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary, bordered by the river Drave to the south. The territory of the former county is now divided between Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. The capital of the county was Zalaegerszeg.
Vas was an administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory is now divided between Hungary, Austria and Slovenia.
Károly Doncsecz was a Slovene potter in Hungary and in 1984 he received the award "Master of folk art" for his work. Doncsecz was born in Orfalu,.
Hungarian Slovenes are an autochthonous ethnic and linguistic Slovene minority living in Hungary. The largest groups are the Rába Slovenes in the Rába Valley in Hungary between the town of Szentgotthárd and the borders with Slovenia and Austria. They speak the Prekmurje Slovene dialect. Outside the Rába Valley, Slovenes mainly live in the Szombathely region and in Budapest.
The Church of St. Stephen Harding in Apátistvánfalva or Apátistvánfalvian Church is a Baroque Roman Catholic Church in the village of Apátistvánfalva (Števanovci), Hungary. It is near the Hungarian-Slovenian border, in the Vendvidék region. Its patron saint Stephen Harding was an English saint and the founder of the Cistercian Order.
The Slovene March or Slovene krajina was the traditional denomination of the Slovene-speaking areas of the Vas and Zala County in the Kingdom of Hungary from the late 18th century until the Treaty of Trianon in 1919. It comprised approximately two-thirds of modern Prekmurje, Slovenia, and the modern area between the current Slovenian-Hungarian border and the town of Szentgotthárd, where Hungarian Slovenes still live. In Hungarian, the latter area is still known as Vendvidék, which is the Hungarian denomination for the Slovene March, while in Slovene it is referred as Porabje.
Vas Népe is a Hungarian daily newspaper, published in Vas County. It usually has between 16 and 28 pages, and has a print run of 60,000 and a readership of around 185,000.
The Rába is a river in southeastern Austria and western Hungary and a right tributary of the Danube.
Sopron is a district in western part of Győr-Moson-Sopron County. Sopron is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Sárvár is a district in central-eastern part of Vas County. Sárvár is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Kőszeg is a district in north-western part of Vas County. Kőszeg is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Szombathely is a district in central-western part of Vas County. Szombathely is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Vasvár is a district in southern part of Vas County. Vasvár is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Körmend is a district in south-western part of Vas County. Körmend is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
Szentgotthárd is a district in south-western part of Vas County. Szentgotthárd is also the name of the town where the district seat is found. The district is located in the Western Transdanubia Statistical Region.
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