Chop, Ukraine

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Chop
Чоп - Csap
City of regional significance
Railway station in Chop
Railway station in Chop
Flag of Chop
Flag
Coat of arms of Chop
Coat of arms
Chop is located in Zakarpattia Oblast
Chop
Chop
Location of Chop
Chop is located in Ukraine
Chop
Chop
Coordinates: 48°25′50″N 22°12′00″E / 48.43056°N 22.20000°E / 48.43056; 22.20000
Country Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Oblast Coat of Arms of Transcarpathian Oblast.png Zakarpattia Oblast
Council Chop city council
Government
 • Mayor Galina Car
Elevation 101-108 m (−253 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 8,765
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 89502
Area code(s) +380 22
Sister cities Milove (Ukraine)
Sokołów Małopolski, (Poland)
Záhony (Hungaria)
Website http://chop.org.ua/

Chop (Ukrainian: Чоп) is a city located in the Zakarpattia Oblast (province) of western Ukraine, near the borders of Slovakia and Hungary. It is separated from the Hungarian town of Záhony by the river Tisza. Located in Uzhhorod Raion, since 2003 it is designated as a city of oblast importance - not included in any raion (district) of the oblast.

Names[edit]

There are several alternative names used for this city: Hungarian: Csap, Slovak: Čop, German: Tschop, Romanian: Ciop, Polish: Czop, Russian: Чоп.

History[edit]

Like the rest of Transcarpathia, Csap (as it was then known) was part of Hungary until 1920, when, as a result of the post-WWI Treaty of Trianon, it was included in the newly created Czechoslovakia, where it belonged to Slovakia, not to Subcarpathian Rus. During World War II, under the First Vienna Award, it briefly became Hungarian again. But, after the war, as part of the outcome of the Yalta Conference, it became part of the expanded Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Ukraine), adopting the Ukrainian version of its name, 'Чоп' (usually transliterated as 'Chop' or 'Tchop' in English).

Demography[edit]

According to the Ukrainian national census, Chop had a population in 2001 of 8,919, of whom 40% were Ukrainians, 39.2% ethnic Hungarians and 20.8% Gypsies, Russians, Slovaks, Belarusians, and Jews.

Features[edit]

Passport stamps from Chop.
Old 1982 USSR passport stamps from the same crossing.

Chop is an important railway junction in Ukraine where the Lviv-Stryi-Budapest railway line meets the Lviv-Uzhgorod-Košice line. There is also a line running eastwards to Romania via Korolevo and Halmeu although there are currently no regular passenger services.

Near Chop, there are also international railway and highway border crossings to Hungary and Slovakia and also to the westernmost point of Ukraine. The first town across the border in Slovakia is Čierna nad Tisou while in Hungary, the first city is Záhony.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

The new church

Coordinates: 48°26′N 22°12′E / 48.433°N 22.200°E / 48.433; 22.200