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Country Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Krupina
Tourism region Poiplie
River Krupinica
Elevation 262 m (860 ft)
Coordinates 48°21′13″N 19°04′00″E / 48.35361°N 19.06667°E / 48.35361; 19.06667Coordinates: 48°21′13″N 19°04′00″E / 48.35361°N 19.06667°E / 48.35361; 19.06667
Area 88.67 km2 (34 sq mi)
Population 7,812 (31 December 2005)
Density 88 / km2 (228 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1135
Mayor Radoslav Vazan
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 963 01
Phone prefix 421-45
Car plate KA
Location of Krupina in Slovakia
Location of Krupina in Slovakia
Location of Krupina in the Banská Bystrica Region
Location of Krupina in the Banská Bystrica Region
Wikimedia Commons: Krupina
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Krupina (German: Karpfen, Hungarian: Korpona) is a town in southern central Slovakia. It is part of the Banská Bystrica Region and has 7,812 inhabitants as of 2005.


The territory of modern day Krupina was inhabited since the Neolithic, based on archaeological findings from the Bronze Age. The first written reference to the towns river dates back to 1135. The first people to inhabit it were the Slavs-Slovaks. Between the 12th and 13th century the Germans arrived in Krupina, later between the 17th and 18th centuries the Madjars (Hungarians). Along with Trnava, Krupina is the oldest town in Slovakia, having received town privileges in 1238.[1] The settlement lied on the route known as "via magna", connecting the Baltic Sea with the Adriatic. After the Mongol invasion of 1241/1242, when the town was sacked, it was rebuilt and received its town privileges again in 1244 and became a "free royal town".

The "Krupina law", based on the Magdeburg rights, was the basis for many towns in central and northern Slovakia. The deposits of gold and silver ran out in the 14th century and thereafter the town's economy was based on handicraft and agriculture. In the first half of the 15th century the town was threatened by the remains of the Hussites led by John Giskra. As the Turks advanced into the Kingdom of Hungary, the town built its town walls and sentry tower, and the Turks couldn't capture the town until 1683. Later, Krupina was involved in the Kuruc uprisings at the beginning of the 18th century, burnt down in 1708 and suffered from a plague in 1710. The first schools were opened in the 18th century. After the break-up of Austria-Hungary in 1918, the town became part of Czechoslovakia, was briefly occupied by the Slovak Soviet Republic in 1919, came back quickly into Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 has been a part of Slovakia.


  • Sliačan, J.: Krupina. Krupina, 1944.
  • Zrebený, A.: Z feudálnych dejín Krupiny. Martin, 1974.
  • Lukáč, M. et al.: Krupina - monografia mesta. Banská Bystrica, 2006 (with the englisch summary).


Krupina lies at an altitude of 262 metres (860 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 88.67 square kilometres (34.2 sq mi).[2] It lies on the Krupina Plain under the Štiavnica Mountains, halfway between Zvolen and Šahy.


According to the 2001 census, the town had 7,991 inhabitants. 97.63% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.14% Roma, 0.38% Czechs and 0.30% Hungarians.[2] The religious make-up was 70.32% Roman Catholics, 17.91% Lutherans and 9.27% people with no religious affiliation.[2]

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Part of the information is based on the corresponding article on the German Wikipedia

  1. ^ "Mesto Krupina - história mesta (Town of Krupina - history of the town)" (in Slovak). Town of Krupina. Retrieved May 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 

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