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Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County
Region Northern Hungary
County seat Miskolc
Area 7247 km²
Population 739.143
Population density 102/km²
Municipalities 355

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (commonly abbreviated as BAZ county) is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in north-eastern Hungary (commonly called "Northern Hungary"), on the border with Slovakia. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Nógrád, Heves, Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg. The capital of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county is Miskolc. Of the seven statistical regions of Hungary it belongs to the region Northern Hungary.

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén is the second largest county of Hungary both by area and by population.


[edit] Origins and meanings of name

The county bears the name of three historic counties of Hungary, each of them was centered around a castle.

  • Borsod is named after the castle it belonged to. The castle was possibly named after its first steward, Bors (in old Hungarian language the -d suffix was a derivation suffix for place names, thus the name "Borsod" means "belonging to Bors".) The name bors itself is of Turkish origin and means "pepper" both in old and modern Hungarian language. The castle itself was a motte castle, and stood near modern-day Edelény.
  • Abaúj is a shortened form of the name of its castle, Abaújvár. The "Aba" part refers to the Aba clan which ruled the area in the middle age, while "új vár" means "new castle". The castle stood near the village of Abaújvár.
  • Zemplén is named after its castle too. The name is derived from the Slovak word zem or the Slavic zemlja, meaning earth, soil, ground or country. The castle, like its name indicates, was a motte, its remnants can still be seen near the Slovakian village Zemplín.

[edit] Geography

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén is one of the most geographically diverse areas of Hungary. It lies where the Northern Mountains meet the Great Hungarian Plain, thus the northern parts of the county are mountainous – with some of the highest peaks and deepest caves in the country –, the southern parts are flat. The average temperature is lower than that of the country, the average humidity is higher (7–800 mm/year.) The region holds the country's record for lowest temperature: -35°C, February 16, 1940, the town of Görömböly-Tapolca (now Miskolctapolca.)

[edit] Rivers

  • Tisza, which forms a natural border between Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg countries
  • Sajó, a tributary to Tisza
  • Bodrog, a tributary to Tisza
  • Hernád, a tributary to Sajó

[edit] Highest points

[edit] Economy

Due to the emphasis on industrialization during the former Socialist regime and the county's richness in brown coal, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén has become one of the leading industrial regions of the country, "the Ruhr Area of Hungary". The most important centres of heavy industry were Miskolc, Ózd, Tiszaújváros and Kazincbarcika. With the fall of the Socialist regime the industry faced a crisis, and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén is among the counties that have the highest rate of unemployment and also the lowest rates of GDP per capita in Hungary. The region Northern Hungary is among the five regions having the lowest GDP in the European Union.

40% of the area is arable land.

[edit] History

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county was created after World War II from the pre-1938 counties Borsod-Gömör-Kishont, Abaúj-Torna and Zemplén. (see also: 1950 Administrative Reform in Hungary

[edit] From the Conquest until the Turkish occupation (900s–1526)

Before the Conquest of Hungary (late 9th century) the area was inhabited by Slavic tribes. The historical comitatus (Hungarian: vármegye – "castle county", since each of them belonged to a castle) came into existence during the Middle Ages. Borsod county belonged to the Castle of Borsod, Abaúj belonged to the Castle of Újvár (in the modern village of Abaújvár) and Zemplén belonged to the Castle of Zemplén (today in Slovakia.)

At this time the area of Borsod also included the later county Torna, and Abaúj also included the later counties Sáros and Heves. In the 12th century the former Abaúj comitatus was split into Abaúj, Heves and Sáros counties, while Torna was separated from Borsod. For the next hundreds of years the borders remained unchanged.

About two third of the areas of these counties were royal property, the others were ruled by clans, for example the Miskóc clan (after whom the city of Miskolc was named.) The area was inhabited mostly by castle serfs and foreign settlers (Pechenegs, Walloons, Czechs and Germans.) By the 12th century more and more areas were owned by noble families and the Church. Most of Borsod was ruled by the Bors-Miskóc clan, while Abaúj was the estate of the Aba clan.

By the 14th century most of the area was owned by oligarchs. King Charles Robert strengthened his rule by curbing the power of these oligarchs. One of his largest enemies, Amadé of the Aba clan was the de facto ruler of Northern Hungary. Charles Robert defeated Amadé in the Battle of Rozgony in 1312, and regained power over Northern Hungary.

The differences between towns and villages became important during the Anjou age of Hungary. In Borsod and Abaúj the Free Royal Town of Kassa (today's Kosice, Slovakia) and Miskolc emerged as the most important towns. The Castle of Diósgyőr had its prime under Louis the Great, it was one of the favourite residences of the royal family.

In the 16th century wine growing gained more importance. Today Tokaj-Hegyalja in Zemplén is one of the most important and famous wine districts of Hungary, home of the famous Tokay wine (named after the town Tokaj, the centre of the wine district.)

[edit] From the Turkish occupation until the First World War (1526–1914)

After the battle of Mohács, as the Turks occupied more and more of the Southern territories of Hungary, the area of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, as the northernmost part of the country, became an important area. After the Turkish occupation ended, and Hungary became part of the Habsburg empire, the area – because of its distance from Austria – was the main base of the resistance, and held this status until the Ausgleich ("Compromise"), when Hungary, formerly a mere province of the Empire, became an equal partner with Austria (1867). The family of Francis II Rákóczi (leader of the Revolution against Habsburg rule in the early 18th century) had estates here, and the revolution itself was organised from here.

The region also had cultural importance. The Reformation began its spreading in Hungary in this area, and the first Protestant college was opened in Sárospatak. Many of the important persons of the Age of Enlightenment grew up in this region, for example the important politicians Louis Kossuth, Bertalan Szemere and László Pálóczy, and the language reformer Ferenc Kazinczy.

During the 18th century several towns bought their freedom from their feudal landowners. New guilds were formed, manufactures were built, mines were opened, glassworks and forges were built. Miskolc began to catch up with Kassa and take over the role as the leading city of the region, and because of this Borsod was the fastest developing county of the three counties. Lots of foreign settlers arrived, Slovakians, Greeks, Germans, Russians – even today there are whole villages with significant number of them. According to the census of 1787 Borsod, Abaúj and Zemplén had almost 500.000 inhabitants.

After the Ausgleich Northern Hungary – just like the other parts of the country – experienced an era of prosperity and fast development. New factories, railway lines were built, the population grew. In 1882 Abaúj county was merged with Torna, and was renamed Abaúj-Torna.

[edit] From 1914 to today

After World War I and the treaty of Trianon Hungary lost its northern parts to Czechoslovakia. Abaúj-Torna lost 48% of its area, Zemplén lost 72%, only Borsod remained intact. The neighboring county of Gömör-Kishont lost 92.5% of its area, the remaining parts were merged with Borsod. The county seats were Miskolc (Borsod-Gömör-Kishont), Szikszó (Abaúj-Torna) and Sátoraljaújhely (Zemplén).

Under the First Vienna Award Hungary got the lost territories back. During World War II Kassa was the capital of Abaúj-Torna. After Hungary lost the war, the pre-1938 borders were reinstated. The administration of the country needed to be completely reorganised, since most of the border counties were cut apart. In 1950 the Hungarian parts of the former counties Borsod-Gömör-Kishont, Abaúj-Torna and Zemplén were united, forming the county of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, with Miskolc being the county capital.

During the Socialist era the region was developed into the centre of heavy industry. Whole new towns came into existence in place of small villages (Tiszaújváros, Kazincbarcika), the industrial character of existing cities became more important (Miskolc, Ózd.) Urbanization was rapid, workers from all over the country were arriving in these cities and towns, and the population of Miskolc reached its highest level in the 1980s (around 211.000.) The end of the Socialist era and the recession of the 1990s hit hard, the unemployment rate is one of the highest of the country, and the local governments try to get over the crisis by strengthening the touristic potential. This seems to be a good idea, since Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén is a geographically diverse area with rich natural and cultural treasures.

[edit] Regional structure

Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén is the county of extremes: it is the home of the country's third largest city and second largest agglomeration, where one fourth of the county' population resides, on the other hand, the county is full of hamlets with population under 200. Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén has 23 cities/towns and over 300 villages. With a total of 355 cities, towns and villages this county has the most municipalities in Hungary. Approximately half of the population lives in cities/towns.

See also List of towns in Hungary for more information on municipalities and administration of Hungary.

[edit] City with county rights

[edit] Cities/towns

(ordered by population, according to the 2001 census)

Ózd (39.114) Mezőcsát (6578)
Kazincbarcika (32.934) Szikszó (6062)
Sátoraljaújhely (18.352) Emőd (5471)
Mezőkövesd (17.995) Tokaj (5155)
Tiszaújváros (17.581) Nyékládháza (5021)
Sárospatak (14.718) Szendrő (4355)
Sajószentpéter (13.343) Borsodnádasd (3605)
Edelény (11.220) Abaújszántó (3422)
Szerencs (10.213) Cigánd (3299)
Putnok (7625) Gönc (2254)
Felsőzsolca (7157) Pálháza (1114)
Encs (7000)

[edit] Villages

Abaújalpár Cserépfalu Hegymeg Kupa Rakaca Szuhakálló
Abaújkér Cserépváralja Hejce Kurityán Rakacaszend Szuhogy
Abaújlak Csernely Hejőbába Lak Rásonysápberencs Taktabáj
Abaújszolnok Csincse Hejőkeresztúr Lácacséke Rátka Taktaharkány
Abaújvár Csobaj Hejőkürt Ládbesenyő Regéc Taktakenéz
Abod Csobád Hejőpapi Legyesbénye Répáshuta Taktaszada
Aggtelek Csokvaomány Hejőszalonta Léh Révleányvár Tarcal
Alacska Damak Hercegkút Lénárddaróc Ricse Tard
Alsóberecki Dámóc Hernádbűd Litka Rudabánya Tállya
Alsódobsza Debréte Hernádcéce Makkoshotyka Rudolftelep Telkibánya
Alsógagy Detek Hernádkak Martonyi Sajóbábony Teresztenye
Alsóregmec Dédestapolcsány Hernádkércs Mád Sajóecseg Tibolddaróc
Alsószuha Domaháza Hernádnémeti Mályi Sajógalgóc Tiszabábolna
Alsótelekes Dövény Hernádpetri Mályinka Sajóhidvég Tiszacsermely
Alsóvadász Dubicsány Hernádszentandrás Megyaszó Sajóivánka Tiszadorogma
Alsózsolca Egerlövő Hernádszurdok Meszes Sajókápolna Tiszakeszi
Arka Erdőbénye Hernádvécse Mezőkeresztes Sajókaza Tiszaladány
Arló Erdőhorváti Hét Mezőnagymihály Sajókeresztúr Tiszalúc
Arnót Égerszög Hidasnémeti Mezőnyárád Sajólád Tiszapalkonya
Aszaló Fancsal Hídvégardó Mezőzombor Sajólászlófalva Tiszatardos
Ároktő Farkaslyuk Hollóháza Méra Sajómercse Tiszatarján
Baktakék Fáj Homrogd Mikóháza Sajónémeti Tiszavalk
Balajt Felsőberecki Igrici Mogyoróska Sajóörös Tolcsva
Baskó Felsődobsza Imola Monaj Sajópálfala Tomor
Bánhorváti Felsőgagy Ináncs Monok Sajópetri Tornabarakony
Bánréve Felsőkelecsény Irota Muhi Sajópüspöki Tornakápolna
Becskeháza Felsőnyárád Izsófalva Múcsony Sajósenye Tornanádaska
Bekecs Felsőregmec Jákfalva Nagybarca Sajószöged Tornaszentandrás
Berente Felsőtelekes Járdánháza Nagycsécs Sajóvámos Tornaszentjakab
Beret Felsővadász Jósvafő Nagyhuta Sajóvelezd Tornyosnémeti
Berzék Filkeháza Karcsa Nagykinizs Sály Trizs
Bodroghalom Fony Karos Nagyrozvágy Sárazsadány Uppony
Bodrogkeresztúr Forró Kács Nekézseny Sáta Újcsanálos
Bodrogkisfalud Fulókércs Kánó Nemesbikk Selyeb Vadna
Bodrogolaszi Füzér Kány Négyes Semjén Vajdácska
Bogács Füzérkajata Kázsmárk Novajidrány Serényfalva Varbó
Boldogkőújfalu Füzérkomlós Kelemér Nyésta Sima Varbóc
Boldogkőváralja Füzérradvány Kenézlő Nyíri Sóstófalva Vatta
Boldva Gadna Keresztéte Nyomár Szakácsi Vágáshuta
Borsodbóta Gagyapáti Kesznyéten Olaszliszka Szakáld Vámosújfalu
Borsodgeszt Gagybátor Kéked Onga Szalaszend Vilmány
Borsodivánka Gagyvendégi Királd Ormosbánya Szalonna Vilyvitány
Borsodszentgyörgy Galvács Kiscsécs Oszlár Szászfa Viss
Borsodszirák Garadna Kisgyőr Ónod Szegi Viszló
Bódvalenke Gelej Kishuta Pamlény Szegilong Vizsoly
Bódvarákó Gesztely Kiskinizs Parasznya Szemere Zalkod
Bódvaszilas Girincs Kisrozvágy Pácin Szendrőlád Zádorfalva
Bózsva Golop Kissikátor Pányok Szentistván Zemplénagárd
Bőcs Gömörszőlős Kistokaj Pere Szentistvánbaksa Ziliz
Bükkaranyos Göncruszka Komjáti Perecse Szin Zubogy
Bükkábrány Györgytarló Komlóska Perkupa Szinpetri Zsujta
Bükkmogyorósd Halmaj Kondó Prügy Szirmabesenyő
Bükkszentkereszt Hangács Korlát Pusztafalu Szomolya
Bükkzsérc Hangony Kovácsvágás Pusztaradvány Szögliget
Büttös Harsány Köröm Radostyán Szőlősardó
Csenyéte Háromhuta Krasznokvajda Ragály Szuhafő

[edit] Tourist sights

[edit] Castles

[edit] Nature

See also: Miskolc#Tourist sights

[edit] External links

County of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
</b> Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén Topics | History | Geography | Government | Politics | Economy | People from Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
County seat Miskolc
Cities and towns Abaújszántó | Borsodnádasd | Cigánd | Edelény | Emőd | Encs | Felsőzsolca | Gönc | Kazincbarcika | Mezőcsát | Mezőkövesd | Nyékládháza | Ózd | Pálháza | Putnok | Sajószentpéter | Sárospatak|Sátoraljaújhely|Szendrő|Szerencs|Szikszó|Tiszaújváros|Tokaj
Villages List of villages in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
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Coordinates: 48°15′N 21°00′Ebg:Боршод-Абауй-Земплен de:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén eo:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén fr:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén it:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén hu:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén megye nl:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén pl:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén pt:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén ro:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén ru:Боршод-Абауй-Земплен (медье) fi:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén sv:Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén zh:包爾紹德-奧包烏伊-曾普倫州


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