Havířov

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Havířov
Part of town square
Part of town square
Flag of Havířov
Flag
Coat of arms of Havířov
Coat of arms
Havířov is located in Czech Republic
Havířov
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°46′59″N 18°25′22″E / 49.78306°N 18.42278°E / 49.78306; 18.42278Coordinates: 49°46′59″N 18°25′22″E / 49.78306°N 18.42278°E / 49.78306; 18.42278
Country Czech Republic
Region Moravian-Silesian
District Karviná
Founded 1955
City parts
Government
 • Mayor Daniel Pawlas
Area
 • Total 32.07 km2 (12.38 sq mi)
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)
 • Total 77 449
Postal code 736 01
Website http://www.havirov-city.cz/

Havířov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦaviːr̝of] ( ); Polish: Hawierzów , Cieszyn Silesian: Hawiyrzów ) is a city in the Karviná District, Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has 77,449 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the region. It is the largest town in the country without a university. Havířov lies in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia.

Havířov was founded after World War II (thus being the youngest city in today's Czech Republic) as a coal mining town. Havířov officially became a town in 1955. It was built on top of several villages with significant Polish populations. The local people were given apartments in the newly built city, and most of their old houses were demolished to make room for new urban buildings. The majority of the population of Havířov immigrated from other parts of Czechoslovakia, many of them from Slovakia, as migrant workers, thus substantially altering the ethnic structure of the area. Today, the original villages are administratively part of the city and mostly lie on the outskirts of urban Havířov.

History and monuments[edit]

Havířov was founded after the Second World War. Most of the buildings of the new city were built in the style of Socialist realism. In the 1960s there was built a new train station in the so-called Brussels style (Czechoslovak avant-garde artistic movement), which is probably the best-known city monument.

Sport[edit]

Football[edit]

The city's football club, MFK Havířov, competes in the Czech Fourth Division. In the past, the team appeared for several seasons in Czech 2. Liga.

Ice hockey[edit]

The ice hockey club AZ Havířov appears in the First National Hockey League, the second-tier league of ice hockey in the country.

Rugby[edit]

RC Havířov competes in the highest division of rugby in the Czech Republic, the KB Extraliga.

Cycling[edit]

Havířov hosted the prologue and the third stage, both an individual time trial, of the 2012 and 2013 Gracia-Orlová.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns - Sister cities[edit]

Havířov is twinned with:

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