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Bács-Kiskun County

Bács-Kiskun County
Skyline of Bács-Kiskun County
Flag of Bács-Kiskun County
Flag
Coat of arms of Bács-Kiskun County
Coat of arms
Location of Bács-Kiskun County
Country Hungary
Region Southern Great Plain
County seat Kecskemét
Area
 • Total 8,444.81 km2 (3,260.56 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 520,331
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Website .hubacs-kiskun

Bács-Kiskun (Hungarian pronunciation: ; Serbian: Бач-Кишкун) is a county (megye in Hungarian) located in southern Hungary. It was created as a result of World War II, merging the pre war Bács-Bodrog and the southern parts of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun counties. With an area of 8,445 km2, Bács-Kiskun is the largest county in the country. The terrain is mostly flat with slight emergences around Baja. The county seat and largest city of Bács-Kiskun is Kecskemét.

The county is also part of the Danube-Kris-Mures-Tisa euroregion.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Location 1.1
    • Rivers 1.2
    • Lakes 1.3
  • History 2
    • Electoral history 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • Ethnicity 3.1
    • Religion 3.2
  • Economy 4
  • Sectors 5
  • Economic diversity 6
  • Service and trade 7
  • Agriculture 8
  • Transport 9
  • Road 10
  • Rail 11
  • Air 12
  • Law and Government 13
  • Important cities and towns 14
    • City with county rights 14.1
    • Cities and towns 14.2
    • Villages 14.3
  • Professional sport teams 15
  • Miscellaneous topics 16
    • List of famous residents 16.1
  • Gallery 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20

Geography

The county is known across Europe for its natural beauty. Kiskunság National Park is located in the area.

Location

Bács-Kiskun borders Baranya, Tolna, and Fejér on the west (across the Danube River); Pest to the north, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Csongrád on the east, across the Tisza River. To the south Bács-Kiskun shares the international border with Serbia.

Bács-Kiskun lies on the Great Hungarian Plain. The difference between its highest and lowest elevations is only 80 m.

Rivers

Lakes

History

Bács-Kiskun county was created from the pre-1938 counties Bács-Bodrog and Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun. The county came into existence by the unification of some areas of Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun (southern half) and Bács-Bodrog county after World War II. The name Bács derives from the city of the same name, Bač in modern Serbia (known as Bács in Hungarian), while Kiskun is Hungarian name for the region of Little Cumania.

Electoral history

2010 Election
  Party Votes % Seats Change
  Fidesz-KDNP (joint) 159,605 60.45 5
  Jobbik 41,448 15,70 1
  Hungarian Socialist Party 38,597 14,62 1
  Politics Can Be Different 14,741 5,58 0
  Hungarian Democratic Forum 5,889 2,23 0
  Civil Movement 3,767 1,43 0
  Total 264,047 100 7 -
2006 Election
  Party Votes % Seats Change
  Fidesz 136,252 49.8 4
  Hungarian Socialist Party 101,502 37.1 3
  Hungarian Democratic Forum 14,017 5.1 0
  Alliance of Free Democrats 13,501 4.9 0
  MIÉP-Jobbik 5,142 1.9 0
  Centrumpárt 1,833 0.7 0
  MCF Roma Union 955 0.4 0
  Independent Smallholders Party 445 0.2 0
  Total 273,647 100 7 -
2002 Election
  Party Votes % Seats Change
  Fidesz-Hungarian Democratic Forum (joint) 138,356 49.8 4
  Hungarian Socialist Party 98,827 35.6 3
  Alliance of Free Democrats 12,154 4.4 0
  Hungarian Justice and Life Party 10,038 3.6 0
  Centrumpárt 8,692 3.1 0
  Hungarian Communist Workers' Party 5,404 2.0 0
  Independent Smallholders Party 4,154 1.5 0
  Total 277,635 100 7 -

Demographics

Although the population is decreasing, the birth rate in the county is positive, unlike in any other regions in Hungary.

Ethnicity

The population of the county is almost homogeneous, with a Hungarian majority (94.1%). Some Croatian, German and Serbian people live around Hajós and Baja.

Religion

The people of Bács-Kiskun are predominantly Roman Catholic (65.3%). In Bács-Kiskun, like in other side of Hungary, live a populous Calvinist community (11%).

Economy

Bács-Kiskun county accounted for 3.7% of the Gross Value Added of Hungary in 2001. With almost EUR 1.9 billion, the GVA in Bács-Kiskun had increased by 50% compared to 1995.

Sectors

The primary sector accounted for 12.3% of the Gross Value Added of the county in 2001, and this was the highest share of any county. However, this share is declining over the years: it was 15.6% in 1995.

The share of the secondary sector is relatively constant over the years, with 30.9% of the Gross Value Added in 2001 (compared to 29.5% in 1995). The tertiary sector's GVA has increased most, although it still had a low share (56.8%) compared to the country as a whole (64.4%).

Economic diversity

Service and trade

Service and trade are the dominant sectors of Bács-Kiskun's economy, where privatisation occurred first.

80% of the industrial output is represented by the food, machine, wood, and printing industries. The more substantial companies in the region attracted more investment. In the course of privatisation the Kecskemét cannery was purchased by Heinz, the Kiskunhalas textile mill partially by Levi's. During the privatisation, the Danube Knitting Mill in Baja was acquired by an American financial investment group

Among the industrial companies operating in the area of Baja are UNILEVER Rt. producing deep frozen products, the Bread factory of Bácska Sütoipari Rt., the abattoir of DÉLHÚS and the Pannonia Brewery. The local government of Baja are encouraging the expansion of foreign capital by reducing local taxes.

There are approximately 39 600 firms in the county, representing 4.6% of the national total. The majority of companies employ only several people; indeed, 95% have 10 or fewer employees. Two per cent of companies belong in the medium category, employing between 21 and 50 people, while the number and proportion of those employing 300 or more is very small.

Agriculture

Fruit, vegetable, corn and wheat production are the most successful branches of the region's agriculture. Compared to the other Hungarian counties, Bács-Kiskun has the second largest number of pigs (10% of the Hungarian pig stock) and 7% of cattle stock. The stock of sheep made up 194,000 at the end of 2002, 17.6% of Hungary's total stock and the largest in Hungary.

Transport

Road

On account of its central location, a great deal of the nation's traffic necessarily crosses the county. The total length of main roads in the county was 2 213 kilometres in 2002 so for every 100 square kilometres of land area, there are 26 kilometres of main road. Despite the fact that a great deal of labour has gone into improving the quality of the roads in the last decade, there has been a deterioration in their condition on account of their intensive use. Fifty-six kilometres of motorways crossed the county in 2002, making the road link with Serbia and the Balkans.

Highway M5 and Road 5 go through Bács-Kiskun. There are many second-class roads throughout the county, giving easy access to every village. The international railroad Budapest-Subotica-Belgrade and the national railroad Budapest-Cegléd-Szeged pass through Bács-Kiskun as well.

Rail

The length of railways was of 641 kilometres in 2001 (32% electrified) and the most important lines in the county are between Budapest and Szeged and the route of the international express trains crossing Hungary in northwestern-southeastern direction leading to Belgrade. In addition to the main and secondary lines, there are a number of narrow gauge tracks for 'nostalgia trains' which operate as tourist attractions.

Baja is the most important traffic junction of the southern part of the country. Its rail and public road junction is especially important due to the presence of the Danube bridge which provides a link between the Southern Great Plain and the Transdanubian region. The city has the best-equipped port in the country, where further development possibilities await the investors. At present a 120 places ro-ro port terminal is under construction.

Air

The only airport in the county, in Kecskemét, is a military one, chiefly used for the delivery of goods and occasionally for receiving civil aircraft. However, the county can be reached from the nearby Ferihegy Airport of Budapest in less than an hour.

Law and Government

The county is governed by the County board of supervisors, which is located in the county seat.

Important cities and towns

Two-thirds of the population lives in the twenty cities/towns, among which the largest is the county seat, Kecskemét, where one-sixth of the total population resides. The town with the largest population density is Kalocsa (353/km²), the lowest population density is in the village of Újsolt (6/km²). City/towns have an average population density of 126, while villages have an average of 36/km².

Even though Bács-Kiskun is the fifth largest county of Hungary by population, the population density is less than half of the country's average. The villages are typically large. 13% of the population lives on farms and homesteads.

Aerial photography: Kecskemét – Hungary

City with county rights

Cities and towns

(ordered by population, according to the 2001 census)

Villages

There are also public, religion and private schools in Bács- Kiskun county. Primaries are almost in all of the villages and towns. Some of them are quite big, but there are actually small schools with only a few students. One of the oldest schools is the Calvinist Grammar School, which was founded in 1564. Religion schools are important in the county, as well as its in this way all around in Hungary (in the county: Calvinist Grammar Schools- Kecskemét, Kiskunhalas, "Piarista" Catholic Grammar School, Kecskemét- for boys only-, "Angolkisasszonyok" Catholic Grammar School, Kecskemét- for girls only.). 100 years ago children could only learn in these schools, the first public grammar schools were founded only in the 1950s. Almost all of the religion schools were closed in the 1940s by the communist government, and were refounded only in the 1990s (like all of the Calvinist schools). The main public grammar schools of the county are the Bibó István Grammar School (Kiskunhalas), Bányai Júlia Grammar School (Kecskemét), Katona József Grammar School (Kecskemét) and III. Béla Grammar School (Baja). There are many competitions to the children in almost all of the subjects (mainly in Hungarian, English, German and Mathematics). There's only one University in Kecskemét, the Károli Gáspár Calvinist University of Law (it used to be the Calvinist Grammar School from 1991 to 1997). The Collage of Kecskemét have several fields of study, like Teacher, Gardener, and so on.

Professional sport teams

Miscellaneous topics

List of famous residents

Gallery

See also

References

External links

  • Official site in English, Hungarian, German, and French
  • Information in English, Hungarian, and German
  • The Archive of Bács-Kiskun County

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