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Kossuth square in Nyíregyháza

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Location of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County in Hungary

Nyíregyháza is located in Hungary
Location of Nyíregyháza in Hungary

Nyíregyháza is located in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County
Location of Nyíregyháza in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County
Coordinates: 47°57′11″N 21°43′38″E / 47.95306, 21.72722Coordinates: 47°57′11″N 21°43′38″E / 47.95306, 21.72722
Country  Hungary
Region Northern Great Plain Region
County Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County
Subregion Nyíregyháza
 • Mayor Ferenc Kovács ((Fidesz - KDNP)
 • Total 274.54 km2 (106.00 sq mi)
Elevation 114 m (374 ft)
Population (1-1-2014)
 • Total 118 164
 • Density 428.56/km2 (1,110.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 4400
Dialing code 42

Nyíregyháza is a town in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, Northern Great Plain Region of eastern Hungary. With a population of 118,000, it is the seventh-largest city in Hungary and is one of the leading cities of Northern Hungary and of the northern part of the Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld). Its development has been ongoing since the 18th century, making it the economic and cultural center of the region. Its zoo, exhibiting more than 300 species including real rarities, is recognized throughout Europe.


Nyíregyháza is located in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County in the northern Plain region (Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hajdú-Bihar county, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County). It is the most important city of Northern Hungary, in all respects the center of the region. It is located in the center of Nyírség as an agricultural town. The boundaries of the city are often understood as a very broad frame, because generally the near suburbs are included in them. It is located at the intersections of routes 4, 41, 36 and 38, therefore the city is easy to reach by road. Sub-Carpathia and Transylvania cannot be reached without passing the city.


The first written mentions of Nyíregyháza date back to 1209, although it was then called simply Nyír ('birch'), after the Nyírség, the greater region in which the city lies. A source from 1326 mentions that by then the city already had a church, hence the second part of the name, egyház (meaning 'church'). In the middle of the 15th century the town had about 400 inhabitants. In the 16th century, during the Turkish occupation of Hungary, Nyíregyháza became deserted; it was resettled only in the 1630s – 1640s.

After the War for Independence led by Prince Francis II Rákóczi, the population of the town increased. Most of the new settlers were Slovaks from the area of Békéscsaba. In 1786 Nyíregyháza was granted the right to hold four market days a year; by this time the town was the biggest town of the county with 7,500 inhabitants. In the early 19th century Nyíregyháza was wealthy enough to become free from its feudal lords, the Dessewffy and Károlyi families. During these prosperous years the town got a new town hall, a hospital, several schools and a restaurant by the nearby lake Sóstó ("Salty Lake").

The inhabitants of the town took an active part in the revolution and war for independence in 1848-49, and after the suppression of the revolution several citizens were imprisoned, among them the mayor, Márton Hatzel.

In the second half of the 19th century Nyíregyháza became more and more urbanized and in 1876 the town became the county seat of Szabolcs County (which is now part of the larger integrated county Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg). In 1858 the railroad line reached Nyíregyháza; several new buildings were built, including a telegraph office, the main post office and the theater. In 1911 the construction of tramways was finished.

In the Kingdom of Hungary in 1901

After the many trials and tribulations of World War I, Nyíregyháza was under Romanian occupation for ten months. Between the two world wars the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of becoming free from its feudal landowners.

During World War II more than 6,000 of the city's Jewish inhabitants were deported, and another 2,000 citizens were sent to Russian labor camps (colloquially called malenky robot). Several buildings were destroyed, too, including the Status Quo Synagogue, whose front wall has been preserved; it is now in Nyíregyháza's Jewish Cemetery.[1]

A monument in the memory of the holocaust victims was constructed in 2004.[2] On 20 November 2011 the monument commemorating the Holocaust in the city was desecrated by unknown people. The local police started an investigation of the event.[3]

From the 1960s the city grew and developed quickly. Today, Nyíregyháza is one of the most prosperous cities of Hungary, being both an educational center and a popular tourist destination.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1870 13,015
1890 18,996 +46.0%
1900 28,073 +47.8%
1910 33,444 +19.1%
1920 38,751 +15.9%
1930 46,522 +20.1%
1941 53,917 +15.9%
1949 48,382 −10.3%
1960 56,834 +17.5%
1970 75,245 +32.4%
1980 108,235 +43.8%
1990 114,152 +5.5%
2001 118,795 +4.1%
2011 119,746 +0.8%
2013 118,185 −1.3%

Tourist sights[]

File:Nyíregyhaza cathedral.jpg

Nyiregyháza's Roman Catholic church with the newly built fountain in the foreground

County Hall

Nyíregyháza Zoo

Nyíregyháza also has several museums and exhibitions, showing the city's rich cultural heritage.

  • Collection of the International Medallion Art and Small Sculpture Creative Community of Nyíregyháza-Sóstó – periodic exhibitions of works of contemporary artists

International relations[]

Twin towns — Sister cities[]

Nyíregyháza is twinned with :


Near Nyíregyháza, at 47°56′12.17″N 21°45′28.35″E / 47.9367139, 21.757875 (Nyíregyháza Radio Mast), stands the oldest radio mast in Hungary. Built in 1925, it is a 115 metre tall guyed mast radiator, used for broadcasting on 1251 kHz (AM).


After the change of regime, several foreign-owned companies appeared in the city. In the early 2000s, the largest employers were Hübner Flextronics Ltd. and Hirsch's, but during the period of economic recession, many companies eliminated several thousand employees at Elbocsájtva. Today, the three largest public companies: Szabolcs Volan (manufacturers of Lego), Hungaria, and Michelin Tire Manufacturing, provide employment for about 3000 people.

City districts[]

A part of downtown

  • Alsóbadurbokor
  • Alsópázsit
  • Antalbokor
  • Bálintbokor
  • Belváros
  • Borbánya
  • Bujtos
  • Butyka
  • Császárszállás
  • Csernyikbokor
  • Érkert
  • Felsőpázsit
  • Felsősima
  • Füzesbokor
  • Gerhátbokor
  • Hímes
  • Huszártelep
  • Ilonatanya
  • Ipari Park
  • Istvánbokor
  • Jánosbokor
  • Jósaváros
  • Kazárbokor
  • Kertváros
  • Kovácsbokor
  • Kőlapos
  • Korányi-kertváros
  • Lóczibokor
  • Malomkert
  • Mandabokor
  • Mátyásbokor
  • Nádasbokor
  • Nagyszállás
  • Nyírjes I.
  • Nyírjes II.
  • Nyírszőlős
  • Ókistelekiszőlő
  • Oros
  • Örökösföld
  • Polyákbokor
  • Rókabokor
  • Rozsrétbokor
  • Rozsrétszőlő
  • Salamonbokor
  • Sóstógyógyfürdő
  • Sóstóhegy
  • Sulyánbokor
  • Szabadságbokor
  • Szélsőbokor
  • Újkistelekiszőlő
  • Újtelekbokor
  • Vajdabokor
  • Vargabokor
  • Zomboribokor

Religions, Churches[]

  • Roman Catholic - At the 2011 census, 25,132 people, 20.1% of the population identified themselves as belonging to a particular religion (in 2001 compared to 8365-strong decrease). The city of Debrecen, Nyíregyháza diocese co-headquarters. Churches in the city: Our Lady of Hungary Co-Cathedral, St. Anthony's Church, Garden City Fatima Virgin Church, Örökösföld housing Divine Mercy Church, Camillians with church St. Ladislaus Church (Borbánya), St. Stephen's Church (Nyírszőlős) Sóstói St. Joseph Church (Sóstóhegy ), Holy Cross Church (IH), Andrew Jehoshaphat Hospital of Saint Lazarus hospital chapel and Sóstói misézőhelye travel. Maintained by the Church of the school St. Emeric Catholic High School, Primary School and College, is a member kindergarten.
  • Greek Catholic - At the 2001 census, 12,742 people, 10.6% of the population identified themselves as belonging to a particular religion (in 2001 compared to 6303-strong decrease). The city is the only Hungarian Greek Catholic bishopric, the Hajdúdorogi diocese is physically located. The Co-Cathedral of the Nyíregyháza St. Nicholas Bishop Greek Catholic Church, other churches in the city: Jósaváros Greek Catholic Church, Nyíregyháza-Örökösföld Holy Trinity Greek Catholic Church, Nyíregyháza-Borbánya Mother of God church leadership, Fox Mountain St Stephen's Chapel (Sóstóhegy) Nyírszőlős Mother of God birth of the Greek Catholic Church, Nyíregyháza-Oros Protection of the Theotokos Greek Catholic Church, Rozsrétszőlősi Greek Catholic chapel. Here you will find the country's only Greek Catholic institution of higher learning, the St. Athanasius Greek Catholic Theological College. Other religious educational institutions: St. Nicholas Greek Catholic Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary School, Nicholas Soja Greek Catholic Primary School and Nursery (Huszar Colony).
  • Reformed - At the 2011 census, 19,662 people, 16.4% of the population identified themselves as belonging to a particular religion (in 2001 compared to 5956-strong decrease). The city belongs to the East Hungarian Reformed Church District you. Churches in the city: Nyíregyháza City Reformed Church Temple, Nyíregyháza-Garden City Reformed Church Church of Nyíregyháza-Sóstói Reformed Church church Orosi Reformed Church Temple. Maintained by the Church institutions: Jókai Reformed Primary School, Magdaléneum - Reformed Disability Nurse, Nursing Home, Mustard Seed Nursery, Kálvineum Nursing Home.
  • Lutheran - At the 2011 census, 8,391 people, 7% of the population identified themselves as belonging to a particular religion (in 2001 compared to 3970-strong decrease). Because of the city's Szabolcs Hajdu-diocese headquarters, especially in the 18th century Nyíregyháza újranépesítő tirpákok are important in the tradition of the Church. In 1947, the Hungarian-Slovak population exchange has greatly contributed to the decrease in the number of believers. The denomination of the oldest and largest local church in the Nyíregyháza Lutheran Church Great Church, other churches: Evangelical small church, Nyíregyháza-Garden City Augsburg Confession Lutheran Church meetinghouses, Nyíregyháza Lutheran Church III. area Borbánya church Rozsrétszőlősi Bethlehem Lutheran church, the church Nyírszőlős Lutheran Church. The College of Nyíregyháza Budapest Protestant Theological University mel pricing religious cooperation is going well. Maintained by the Church's educational institutions: Lajos Kossuth Nyíregyháza Lutheran High School, Zoltan Turóczy Protestant English Bilingual Primary School and Nursery. The institution of the Emmaus Lutheran Church Charity Home Church also.
  • Orthodox - At the 2011 census, 127 people declared themselves as belonging to a particular religion, it is a percentage of the amount undetectable. As the great church of St George the Martyr Orthodox chapel serves. The Hungarian Orthodox Diocese falls under.


Tertiary Institutions[]

  • College of Nyíregyháza
  • University of Debrecen, Faculty of Health
  • St. Athanasius Greek Catholic Theological College
  • Greek Catholic seminary
  • Dennis Gabor College

Secondary Institutions[]

  • John Golden High School and Primary School
  • Donat Banki Technical High School
  • Laszlo Bencs School and Primary School
  • Bethlen High School, Elementary School, Kindergarten and Elementary School of Arts
  • George Inczédy Vocational and Technical School
  • Lajos Kossuth Nyíregyháza Lutheran High School
  • Francis High School in Nyíregyháza Kolcsey
  • Krúdy High School
  • John Lippai Agricultural Secondary School
  • Secondary School
  • National Children and Youth Foundation Training, Advanced Vocational School and College
  • College of Nyíregyháza - József Eötvös Training Secondary School
  • SIPKA Brown Commercial, Catering, Tourism, Vocational and Technical School
  • St. Emeric Catholic High School, Primary School and College
  • István Széchenyi Economics, Information Technology High School and College
  • Paul Vasvári High School
  • Paul Vasarhelyi - ÉVISZ
  • Wesselényi Miklós Vocational and Technical School
  • William Westsik Food Industry Vocational and Technical School
  • Zay Anna High School and Vocational School of Health
  • Zrinski Helena High School

Basic institutions[]

  • Primary School
  • Apáczai Training Primary School
  • Benczúr Primary School
  • Bem Primary School
  • Bethlen High School, Elementary School, Kindergarten and Elementary School of Arts
  • Gárdonyi Géza Primary School
  • Göllesz Viktor Special School, Primary School and Unified Special Education Methodology Institute
  • Otto Herman Primary School - Oros
  • Matthias Corvinus Primary School
  • Jókai Reformed Primary School
  • Kazinczy Primary School
  • Kodály Primary School
  • Garden City Elementary School
  • Ferenc Mora Primary School
  • Moricz Zsigmond Primary School
  • Petofi Sandor Primary School
  • L. Szabo Primary School
  • Vineyard Elementary School - Nyírszőlős
  • Zoltan Turóczy Protestant English Bilingual Primary School and Nursery
  • Vaci Michael Primary School
  • Charles Vécsey Primary School
  • General Zoltan Zelk English-German Bilingual School
  • Vikár Alexander Music School
  • education consultant
  • József Eötvös Training Elementary and High School


  1. ^ Grand Rabbi Joseph Leifer of Nyíregyháza is buried in the cemetery. He was the son of the world-renowned Rabbi, Rabbi Mordachai of Nadvorna, and he settled in Nyíregyháza after World War I where he attracted a large following. His grave site is visited annually by thousands of Hasidim.
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  5. ^ "TABEL privind LOCALITÃŢILE ÎNFRĂŢITE cu localităţile din judeţul Satu Mare" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
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  7. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation" (in French). Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 

Notable residents[]

  • Ibolya Oláh - singer

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