Szeged

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Szeged
City with county rights
Szeged Megyei Jogú Város
Szeged, Tisza river bank, with Mora Museum, and the Theatre building.jpg
Klauzál Square 8 - Szeged.jpgWater tower Old Lady.JPGCathedral, 2006 Szeged016.jpg
Szeged Town Hall in winter 2009 (1).JPGSzeged002.jpg
Top: A view of riverside in Tisza and nearby Mora Museum and Szeged National Theater, Middle left: A monument house in Klauzai Square, Center: Szeged Water Tower, Middle right:Szeged Csanad Cathedral in Dom Square, Bottom left: Szeged City Office, Bottom right: Szeged National Theater in Vaszy Vikor Square
Coat of arms of Szeged
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): City of Sunshine (Napfény városa)
Szeged is located in Hungary
Szeged
Szeged
Szeged in Hungary
Szeged is located in Europe
Szeged
Szeged
Szeged (Europe)
Coordinates: 46°15′18″N 20°08′42″E / 46.255°N 20.145°E / 46.255; 20.145Coordinates: 46°15′18″N 20°08′42″E / 46.255°N 20.145°E / 46.255; 20.145
Country  Hungary
Region Southern Great Plain
County Csongrád
District Szeged
City status 1498
Government
 • Mayor László Botka (MSZP)
 • Deputy Mayor
 • Town Notary Dr Andrea Gál
Area
 • City with county rights 280.84 km2 (108.43 sq mi)
Area rank 11th in Hungary
Elevation 76 m (249.34 ft)
Highest elevation 76.7 m (251.6 ft)
Lowest elevation 75.8 m (248.7 ft)
Population (2017)
 • City with county rights 161,137
 • Rank 3rd in Hungary
 • Density 612.28/km2 (1,585.8/sq mi)
 • Urban 239,025 (8th)[2]
Demonym(s) szegedi
Population by ethnicity[3]
 • Hungarians 83.9%
 • Gypsies 0.9%
 • Germans 0.9%
 • Serbs 0.8%
 • Romanians 0.3%
 • Slovaks 0.2%
 • Greeks 0.1%
 • Other 2.1%
Population by religion[4]
 • Roman Catholic 36.4%
 • Greek Catholic 0.4%
 • Calvinists 4.8%
 • Lutherans 1.2%
 • Jews 0.1%
 • Other 2.4%
 • Non-religious 23.4%
 • Unknown 31.4%
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 6700 to 6729, 6753, 6757, 6771, 6791
Area code (+36) 62
Motorways M5 Motorway
M43 Motorway
NUTS 3 code HU333
Distance from Budapest 162.8 km (101.2 mi) Northwest
Airport Szeged (LHUD)
MPs
Website www.szegedvaros.hu

Szeged (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsɛɡɛd] (About this soundlisten); see also other alternative names) is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád county. The University of Szeged is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary.

The famous Szeged Open Air (Theatre) Festival (first held in 1931) is one of the main attractions, held every summer and celebrated as the Day of the City on May 21.

Etymology

The name Szeged might come from an old Hungarian word for corner (szeg), pointing to the turn of the river Tisza that flows through the city. Others say it derives from the Hungarian word sziget which means 'island'. Others still contend that szeg means 'dark blond' (sötétszőkés) – a reference to the color of the water where the rivers Tisza and Maros merge.[5]

The city has its own name in a number of foreign languages, usually by adding a suffix -in to the Hungarian name: Croatian, Segedin; Romanian, Seghedin; Bulgarian, Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian, Сегед (Seged); German, Szegedin / Segedin; Italian, Seghedino; Latin, Partiscum; Latvian, Segeda; Lithuanian, Segedas; Polish, Segedyn; Serbian, Segedin, Сегедин; Slovak and Czech Segedín; Turkish, Segedin.

History

Early 20th century postcard

Szeged and its area have been inhabited since ancient times. Ptolemy mentions the oldest known name of the city: Partiscum. It is possible that Attila, king of the Huns had his seat somewhere in this area. The name Szeged was first mentioned in 1183, in a document of King Béla III.

In the second century AD there was a Roman trading post established on an island in the Tisza, and the foundations of the Szeged castle suggest that the structure may have been built over an even earlier fort. Today only one corner of the castle still remains standing.[6]

During the Mongol invasion the town was destroyed and its inhabitants fled to the nearby swamps, but they soon returned and rebuilt their town. In the 14th century, during the reign of Louis the Great, Szeged became the most important town of Southern Hungary, and – as the Turkish armies got closer to Hungary – the strategic importance of Szeged grew. King Sigismund of Luxembourg had a wall built around the town. Szeged was raised to free royal town status in 1498.

Szeged was first pillaged by the Turkish army on 28 September 1526, but was occupied only in 1543, and became an administrative centre of the Ottomans (see Ottoman Hungary). The town was a sanjak centre first in Budin Eyaleti (1543–1596), after in Eğri Eyaleti. The town was freed from Turkish rule on 23 October 1686, and regained the free royal town status in 1715. In 1719, Szeged received its coat of arms (still used today) from Charles III. During the next several years, Szeged grew and prospered. Piarist monks arrived in Szeged in 1719 and opened a new grammar school in 1721. Szeged also held scientific lectures and theatrical plays. These years brought not only prosperity but also enlightenment. Between 1728 and 1744 witch trials were frequent in the town, with the Szeged witch trials of 1728-29 perhaps being the largest. The witch trials were instigated by the authorities, who decided on this measure to remove the problem of the public complaints about the drought and its consequences of famine and epidemics by laying the responsibility on people among them, which had fraternized with the Devil. In 1720, the population of the city totalled 193 households, of which 99 were Serbian.

Szeged is known as the home of paprika, a spice made from dried, powdered capsicum fruits. Paprika arrived in Hungary in the second half of the 16th century as an ornamental plant. About 100 years later the plant was cultivated as an herb, and paprika as we know it.[7] Szeged is also famous for their szekelygulyas, a goulash made with pork, sauerkraut and sour cream.[8] And also famous for their halászlé, fish soup made of carp and catfish.

The citizens of Szeged played an important part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Lajos Kossuth delivered his famous speech here. Szeged was the last seat of the revolutionary government in July 1849. The Habsburg rulers punished the leaders of the town, but later Szeged began to prosper again, the railway reached it in 1854, and the town got its free royal town status back in 1860. Mark Pick's shop – the predecessor of today's world-famous Pick Salami Factory – was opened in 1869.

Szeged during the flood of 1879

Today the inner city of Szeged has beautiful buildings and wide avenues. This is mainly due to the great flood of 1879, which literally wiped away the whole town (only 265 of the 5723 houses remained and 165 people died). Emperor Franz Joseph visited the town and promised that "Szeged will be more beautiful than it used to be". He kept his promise. During the next years a new, modern city emerged from the ruins, with palaces and wide streets.

During the 20th century

Shoppers in Szeged, 1929
Swimmers at Szeged, 1939

After the First World War Hungary lost its southern territories to Serbia, as a result Szeged became a city close to the border, and its importance lessened, but as it took over roles that formerly belonged to the now lost cities, it slowly recovered. Following the Loss of Transilvania to Romania, University of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, moved to Szeged in 1921 (see University of Szeged). In 1923 Szeged took over the role of episcopal seat from Temesvár (now Timișoara, Romania). It was briefly occupied by Romanian army during Hungarian-Romanian War in 1919. During the 1920s the Jewish population of Szeged grew and reached its zenith.

Szeged suffered heavily during World War II. 6,000 inhabitants of the city were killed, the Jewish citizens were confined to ghettos and then taken to death camps. Szeged was captured by Soviet troops of the 2nd Ukrainian Front on 11 October 1944 in the course of the Battle of Debrecen. During the Communist-era, Szeged became a centre of light industry and food industry. In 1965 oil was found near the city; the area now satisfies 67% of the country's oil demand.

In 1962, Szeged became the county seat of Csongrád. Whole new districts were built, and lots of nearby villages (e.g. Tápé, Szőreg, Kiskundorozsma, Szentmihálytelek, Gyálarét) were annexed to the city in 1973 (as was a tendency during the Communist era).

Today's Szeged is an important university town and a popular tourist attraction.

The Szeged Symphony Orchestra (Szegedi Szimfonikus Zenekar) gives regular concerts at the Szegedi Nemzeti Színház.[9]

Geography

Szeged is situated near the southern border of Hungary, just to the south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the Tisza River, nearly in the centre of the Carpathian Basin.

Climate

Szeged's climate is transitional between oceanic Köppen "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate) and continental (Köppen Dfb), with cold winters, hot summers, and fairly low precipitation. Due to the high hours of sunlight reported annually, Szeged is often called City of Sunshine (Napfény városa).[10]

Climate data for Szeged (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
5.7
(42.3)
11.6
(52.9)
16.9
(62.4)
22.4
(72.3)
25.5
(77.9)
27.7
(81.9)
27.6
(81.7)
23.3
(73.9)
17.2
(63)
8.9
(48)
4.1
(39.4)
16.1
(61.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.8
(30.6)
1.2
(34.2)
5.9
(42.6)
10.8
(51.4)
16.3
(61.3)
19.2
(66.6)
20.8
(69.4)
20.8
(69.4)
16.4
(61.5)
11.0
(51.8)
4.7
(40.5)
0.9
(33.6)
10.6
(51.1)
Average low °C (°F) −3.8
(25.2)
−2.6
(27.3)
0.5
(32.9)
5.2
(41.4)
10.3
(50.5)
13.0
(55.4)
14.3
(57.7)
14.0
(57.2)
10.3
(50.5)
5.6
(42.1)
1.2
(34.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
5.5
(41.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 24
(0.94)
23
(0.91)
25
(0.98)
40
(1.57)
51
(2.01)
68
(2.68)
53
(2.09)
56
(2.2)
37
(1.46)
35
(1.38)
38
(1.5)
39
(1.54)
489
(19.26)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 59 94 143 173 234 252 278 263 199 153 77 53 1,978
Source: Hungarian Meteorological Service [11]

Education

The main building of the University of Szeged

The city of Szeged has 62 kindergartens, 32 elementary schools and 18 high schools. The two most prominent high schools (Ságvári Endre Gyakorló Gimnázium and Radnóti Miklós Kísérleti Gimnázium) are in the top fifteen in the country.

Szeged is the higher education centre of the Southern Great Plain and has built quite a reputation for itself. Thousands of students study here, many of whom are foreigners. The University of Szeged is according to the number of students the second largest and the 4th oldest university of Hungary being established in 1581. Ranked as the top university of the country on Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2005, and in the top 100 in Europe, it offers several programs on different fields of study.

The ELI-ALPS research institute under construction in 2017

The Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which was built with the help of UNESCO funds, has also been a considerable source of advanced research. Scientists at this laboratory were first in the world to produce artificial heredity material in the year 2000. The building has served as a home to many well known conferences and continues to make contributions to the world of science.

The Szent-Györgyi Albert Agóra is a cultural scientific centre of Szeged which gives home to laboratories of the Biological Research Centre and to exhibitions of the John von Neumann Computer Society especially their IT historical exposition.

In 2018 the new scientific institution, the ELI Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS) opened in Szeged establishing a unique facility which provides light sources within an extremely broad frequency range in the form of ultrashort pulses with high repetition rate which is needed for different kinds of physical experiments especially in the field of attosecond physics.[12]

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1870 56,901 —    
1880 59,143 +3.9%
1890 68,924 +16.5%
1900 82,803 +20.1%
1910 96,063 +16.0%
1920 100,175 +4.3%
1930 108,448 +8.3%
1941 110,740 +2.1%
1949 104,867 −5.3%
1960 117,515 +12.1%
1970 145,312 +23.7%
1980 164,437 +13.2%
1990 169,930 +3.3%
2001 168,273 −1.0%
2011 168,048 −0.1%
2018 161,122 −4.1%
2021! 164,000 +1.8%
2031! 160,000 −2.4%
2041! 157,000 −1.9%

Ethnic groups (2001 census):

Religions (2001 census):

Economy

The new office building of the EPAM Systems, completed and opened in 2017 September.

Szeged is one of the centres of food industry in Hungary, especially known for its paprika and companies like Pick Szeged, Sole-Mizo, Bonafarm etc. Other notable companies having their headquarters in Szeged are AMSY International[13], RRE - Szeged[14], Optiwella[15], Generál Printing House[16], RotaPack[17], Sanex Pro[18], Agroplanta[19], Karotin[20], Florin[21], Quadrotex[22] and SZEPLAST[23].

Others, like ContiTech,[24] Duna-Dráva Cement, Szatmári Malom[25] and Europe Match,[26] are not based in the city, but have production facilities there.

The Hangár Expo and Conference Centre[27] provides space for international exhibitions and conferences.

Largest employers

# Employer # of Employees
1 University of Szeged 5,000 <
2 Pick Szeged 2,000 - 4,999
3 Sole-Mizo 1,000 - 1,999
4 Tisza-Volán 1,000 - 1,999
5 EDF-Démász 500 - 999
6 Suli-Host 500 - 999
7 Szegedi Közlekedési Társaság 500 - 999
8 Szegedi Szefo 500 - 999
9 Coop 300 - 499
10 GDF Suez 300 - 499
Historical unemployment rate between 2000 and 2016[29]
Year Unemployment rate (%)
2000 5.17%
2001 4.83%
2002 4.22%
2003 4.32%
2004 4.67%
2005 5.01%
2006 4.89%
2007 4.25%
2008 4.60%
2009 4.91%
2010 6.26%
2011 6.50%
2012 6.42%
2013 6.89%
2014 4.17%
2015 4.42%
2016 4.14%

Sport

The most popular sport in the city is handball. The city has one well-known club the 2013-14 EHF Cup-winner SC Pick Szeged playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I.

The second most popular sport is football in the city. Szeged had several clubs playing in the top level Hungarian league, the Nemzeti Bajnokság I. These are Szegedi AK, Szegedi Honvéd SE. The only currently operating club, Szeged 2011 play in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II.

Association Soccer clubs

Main sights

Votive Church (1930) Szeged-dom1.jpg Dömötör Tower (11th century) Szeged Kathedrale Unserer Lieben Frau Türmchen 1.JPG The Water Tower of Szent István Square (1904) Water tower Old Lady.JPG
Church of Grey Friars (Gothic, 15th century) Szeged Mathias Church interieur.jpg Ferenc Móra Museum (1896) Ferenc Móra Museum in Szeged.JPG Reök palace (1907) Reök Palace, Szeged.jpg
City Hall (1728, 1804, 1883) Szeged Town Hall in winter 2009 (1).JPG Szeged Synagogue Ceiling New Synagogue Szeged Hungary.jpg National Theatre of Szeged Szeged002.jpg
Gróf-palace (1913) Raichle03KJ.jpg The Main Building of the University Szegedi TudományegyetemSF 010.jpg Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church (1781) Szent Miklós szerb ortodox templom (Szeged).JPG

Media

The city offers a wide range of media – television and radio stations, and print and online newspapers.

TV stations

  • Szeged TV
  • Tarjáni Kábeltévé Stúdió
  • TiszapART TV
  • Telin Televízió

Radio stations

  • „Rádió 88” FM 95,4 Mhz
  • All in Party Radio
  • Rádió Mi, 89,9 MHz
  • Lánchíd Rádió, FM 100,2 MHz
  • MR1 Kossuth Rádió, FM 90,3 MHz
  • MR2 Petőfi Rádió, 104,6 MHz
  • MR3 Bartók Rádió, 105,7 MHz
  • Dankó Rádió, 93,1 MHz
  • Európa Rádió, 87,9 MHz

Daily newspapers and news portals

  • Délmagyarország (delmagyar.hu)
  • szeged.hu
  • szegedma.hu

Famous people

Born in Szeged

A memorial of the Golden Team, the legendary football team of Hungary

Who lived in Szeged

Gallery

Twin towns – Sister cities

Szeged is twinned with:

Transport

The Ferenc Móra Bridge on the M43 Motorway near Szeged
Szeged Railway Station
The Directorate of MÁV in Szeged (designed by Ferenc Pfaff in 1894)

Szeged is the most important transportation hub in the Southern Great Plain. Two motorways, M5 and M43, lie along the city border. Through the M5 Motorway Szeged is connected to Kecskemét, Kiskunfélegyháza and Budapest in the north direction and to Subotica, Novi Sad and Beograd in Serbia in the south direction. Thanks to the M43 Motorway - which splits from the M5 Motorway near Szeged - goes near Makó to Arad and Timisoara in Romania. In addition, there are other roads running from the city to Makó and Nagylak (Mainroad 43), to Röszke (Mainroad 5), to Kiskunfélegyháza (Mainroad 5), to Ásotthalom and Baja (Mainroad 55) and to Hódmezővásárhely, Orosháza and Békéscsaba (Mainroad 47).

The Budapest-Szeged-rail line is also affected, as well as the Railwaylines 121 (to Makó), 135 (to Hódmezővásárhely), 136 (to Röszke) and 140 (to Kiskunfélegyháza).[34]

The city is also a common stop for national and international long-distance buses.

Motorways

Railways

  • 121 (to Makó)
  • 135 (to Hódmezővásárhely)
  • 136 (to Röszke)
  • 140 (to Kiskunfélegyháza).

Airport

Szeged Airport is the international airport of Szeged.

Public transport

As of May 2018 Szeged had 39 local bus lines - 15 in the city centre and 24 in the suburbs. While there were also 5 tram lines.[35]

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ Pécs - Tisztségviselők
  2. ^ OECD - FUNCTIONAL URBAN AREAS IN OECD COUNTRIES: HUNGARY
  3. ^ KSH - Szeged, 2011
  4. ^ KSH - Szeged, 2011
  5. ^ On etymology Archived 18 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Szeged by Dr. Trogmayer Ottó
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Szeged Gulyas Recipe
  9. ^ Szeged Symphony Orchestra website, accessed 6 August 2012.
  10. ^ A napfény városa - origo.hu - May 8, 2006
  11. ^ "Monthly Averages for Szeged 1971-2000". met.hu.
  12. ^ Mi az ELI-ALPS?
  13. ^ AMSY International - Contact information
  14. ^ - RRE - Szeged Nyomdaipari kft. - Elérhetőségek
  15. ^ - Optiwella - Contact
  16. ^ Generál Printing House - Contact Us
  17. ^ - RotaPack - Contact
  18. ^ - Sanex Pro - Contact
  19. ^ Agroplanta
  20. ^ Karotin - Kapcsolat
  21. ^ - Florin - Kapcsolat
  22. ^ Quadrotex - Kapcsolat
  23. ^ SZEPLAST - Contact
  24. ^ - ContiTech - Kapcsolat & Szolgáltatások
  25. ^ Szatmári Malom
  26. ^ [www.delmagyar.hu/szeged_hirek/megmenekult_az_egyetlen_hazai_gyufagyar/136747/ delmagyar.hu - Klára Fekete - Megmenekült az egyetlen hazai gyufagyár - November 16, 2006]
  27. ^ Hangár Expo és Konferenciaközpont - Bemutatkozás
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ Nemzeti Foglalkoztatási Szolgálat
  30. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften und Internationales". Büro für Städtepartnerschaften und internationale Beziehungen (in German). Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  31. ^ "Miasta partnerskie - Urząd Miasta Łodzi [via WaybackMachine.com]". City of Łódź (in Polish). Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  32. ^ "Villes jumelées avec la Ville de Nice" (in French). Ville de Nice. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  33. ^ "Međunarodna suradnja Grada Pule". Grad Pula (in Croatian and Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  34. ^ [Rail transport map of Hungary by the Hungarian Rail Capacity Allocation Office (VPE)]
  35. ^ Map of the line network of the public transport in Szeged - SZKT

External links

  • Official site with webcam (in Hungarian) (in English)
  • Official site of the Open Air Festival
  • Official site of Young Summer Festival
  • Aerial photography: Szeged
  • Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum (in English)
  • SZTE Congress Center (in English)
  • Szeged at funiq.hu (in English)

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