Michalovce town square
|Tourism region||Dolný Zemplín|
|Elevation||115 m (377 ft)|
|Area||52.807 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Population||40,255 (1 January 2008)|
|Density||762 / km2 (1,974 / sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||071 01|
|Wikimedia Commons: Michalovce|
Michalovce ( pronunciation (help·info); Hungarian: Nagymihály, German: Großmichel, Romani: Mihalya, Yiddish: Mikhaylovets or Mykhaylovyts) is a town on the Laborec river in eastern Slovakia, with a population around 40,000. It is the biggest town of the Michalovce District (okres) in the Košice Region.
The town lies in the Košice Region, in the Eastern Slovak Lowland on the Laborec river, historically belonging to the Zemplén county. The town is about 48 km east of Košice and 30 km west of Uzhhorod, Ukraine. Geographical features nearby include the Vihorlat Mountains and the Zemplínska šírava lake.
The first known settlers in the area around Michalovce were in the Neolithic. The Slavs arrived in the area in the fifth century. The area was part of the Great Moravian empire in the ninth century. Michalovce is the legendary place of Laborec death. From the tenth century onwards, the region had been part of Hungary. After the Ottoman conquest in south central Hungary in the sixteenth century, Hungary was divided, and present-day Michalovce became part of the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom, and later Royal Hungary. The town grew significantly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and since the Austrian-Hungarian Ausgleich of 1867, it achieved a status of a large community and shortly afterward became seat of one of the districts of Zemplén County.
After World War I, in 1918 (confirmed by the Treaty of Trianon in 1920), Michalovce, along with some other parts of Zemplén County, became part of the then formed Czechoslovakia. In 1944, 3500 Jewish inhabitants were deported from Michalovce. Since 1993, the breakup of Czechoslovakia, Michalovce is part of Slovakia. In 1996 it was made the seat of the Michalovce District.
In 1910, Michalovce had 6120 residents, which number contains 3792 Hungarian, 1586 Slovak and 542 German inhabitants. The religious make-up was 38.6% Roman Catholic, 32.3% Jewish and 23.2% Greek Catholic.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 39,948 inhabitants. 94.57% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 2.24% Roma, 0.73% Czechs and 0.47% Ukrainian. The religious makeup was 53.92% Roman Catholics, 19.65% Greek Catholics, 9.73% people with no religious affiliation and 5.19% Orthodox.
International relations 
Twin towns - sister cities 
Michalovce is twinned with:
- Presian II of Bulgaria (gravestone of certain "Prince Presian" was found in Michalovce)
- Aurél Dessewffy
- Emília Sičáková-Beblavá
- Volodymyr Sichynskyi
- "Town history". Municipality of Michalovce. 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
- "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- "Jarosław Official Website - Partner Cities". (in Polish) © 2008 Urząd Miasta Jarosław. Ul. Rynek 1, 37-500 Jarosław. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- Michalovce - Official city website
- Michalovce - detailed map guide
- Michalovce - ShtetLink
- Michalovce - photographs and information (in Polish)