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20 Interesting Facts About Debrecen

Facts About Debrecen

  • Debrecen is Hungary’s second-largest city after Budapest.
  • Debrecen is the regional centre of the Northern Great Plain region and the seat of Hajdú-Bihar county.
  • Debrecen was the capital city of Hungary during the revolution in 1848–1849.
  • Debrecen is home to Tankcsapda, one of Hungary’s most successful rock bands.
  • Debrecen is located on the Great Hungarian Plain, 220 km east of Budapest. Situated nearby is the Hortobágy National Park.
  • Debrecen was the largest Hungarian city in the 18th century and it is one of the Hungarian people’s most important cultural centres
  • Debrecen served as the capital of Hungary by the end of World War II in 1944–1945.
  • The city is first documented in 1235, as Debrezun. The name derives from the Turkic word debresin, which means ‘live’ or ‘move’ and is also a male given name.
  • The Estimated Population of Debrecen is 202,520.
  • The settlement was established after the Hungarian conquest. Debrecen became more important after some of the small villages of the area were deserted due to the Mongol invasion of Europe.
  • The development of Debrecen is mainly financed by agricultural, health and educational enterprises. The city is the main centre of shopping centres in Eastern Hungary.
  • Debrecen, typically for its Central European location, has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).
  • The Hungarian king named Louis I gave Debrecen and its citizens the rare right to elect their own town council and magistrate at the beginning of the 1360s.
  • Debrecen is home of the University of Debrecen.
  • The city’s most famous association football club is Debreceni VSC, which won the Nemzeti Bajnokság I seven times.
  • Hungary’s first steam-powered public city railway was set on its course in Debrecen in 1884. In 1911, it was replaced by the tram.
  • Debrecen is twinned with Brno, Czech Republic; Cattolica, Italy; Jyväskylä, Finland; Klaipėda, Lithuania; Limerick County, Ireland; Lublin, Poland; New Brunswick, United States; Oradea, Romania; Paderborn, Germany; Patras, Greece; Rishon LeZion, Israel; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Setúbal, Portugal; Shumen, Bulgaria; Syktyvkar, Russia; Taitung City, Taiwan; Toluca, Mexico & Tongliao, China.
  • The Geographic Coordinates of Debrecen: 47.52997°N 21.63916°E
  • The current mayor of Debrecen is Dr. László Papp.
  • In 1952, two new villages, Ebes and Nagyhegyes, were formed from former parts of Debrecen, while in 1981, the nearby village Józsa was annexed to the city.
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