Берегове — Beregszász
|• Mayor||István Gajdos|
|• Total||19 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||115 m (377 ft)|
|• Density||1,371.05/km2 (3,551.0/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Serving as the administrative center of the Berehove Raion (district), the city itself is also designated as a separate raion within the oblast. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary's Bereg County up until 1919 and between 1938-1944. From 1919 until 1938 it was part of Czechoslovakia.
The city has many different variations of spelling its name: Romanian: Bereg, Rusyn: Берегово (translit. Berehovo), Russian: Берегово (translit. Beregovo), Czech and Slovak: Berehovo, Yiddish: בערעגסאז, Beregsaz, German: Bergsaß, Polish: Bereg Saski.
Residents of Berehovo have voted on October 31, 2010 for renaming their city to Beregszász, the Hungarian language name of the city, during local referendum. The voting turnout however only consisted of less than 48% with 4,688 voting for renaming and 4,358 against it, while 332 more voting bulletins were recognized as not legible presumably written neither in Hungarian or Ukrainian.
Part of the city is also a near adjacent village of Zatyshne of 504 people that has its representation in the city's council.
Hungarian has been made a regional language in Berehove in September 2012; meaning it will now be used in the town's administrative office work and documents. This was made possible after new legislation on languages in Ukraine was passed in the summer of 2012.
The current estimated population is around 26,100 (as of 2004).
In 2001, ethnic groups included:
- 48.1% Hungarians 12.8 thousands
- 38.9% Ukrainians 10.3 thousands
- 6.4% Romani people 1.7 thousands
- 5.4% Russians 1.5 thousands
- Rabbi Hugo Gryn (1930–1996) was born here on June 25, 1930 and became well known as a broadcaster in Britain.
- The parents of Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman lived there before emigrating to the United States.
- Julius Rebek (born April 11, 1944), American chemist and expert on molecular self-assembly was born here.
- Csaba Czébely (born December 3, 1975), the drummer of Hungarian heavy metal band Pokolgép.
- Géza Kalocsay (born May 30, 1913, died September 26, 2008), former Hungarian and Czechoslovak footballer, football manager e.g. Standard Liège, Górnik Zabrze
- Aranka Siegal (born June 10, 1930) is a writer, Holocaust survivor, and recipient of the Newbery Honor and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, both awarded to her in 1982.
- Bartholomew Kubat MD (March 8, 1917 - August 23, 2003), born Berl Klein, was a noted Czechoslovak surgeon, Holocaust survivor and refugee from Communist Czechoslovakia.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Berehove is twinned with:
- Information by Fedir Shandor, the Head of the Carpathian Polling Research Center according to Ukrainian Radio website
- Берегсас вместо Берегово (GLAVRED: Beregszász instead of Berehove) November 5, 2010
- Romanian becomes regional language in Bila Tserkva in Zakarpattia region, Kyiv Post (24 September 2012)
- (Hungarian) Szarka László. "A városi magyar népesség a Magyarországgal szomszédos országokban (1910-2000)" (PDF). p. 201. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
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- City of Berehove official website (Ukrainian)
- Berehove in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine
- Berehove - Shtetlink