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|• Mayor||Hans Lintner (ÖVP)|
|• Total||20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi)|
|Elevation||545 m (1,788 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Schwaz (German pronunciation: [ˈʃvats]) is a city in Tyrol, Austria. It is the administrative center of the Schwaz district (Bezirk). Schwaz is located in the lower Inn valley, and has a population of about 13,000.
At its height during the Middle Ages, it was an important silver mining center, providing mineral wealth for both the Fugger banking family and, through them, for the Austrian emperors. During this period, its population of about 20,000 inhabitants made it the second largest city in the Austrian Empire, after Vienna.
The city covers an area of 20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi).
Three large industrial companies have their headquarters in Schwaz:
- Tyrolit – a globally active producer of bonded abrasives
- Adler Lacke – a family-run producer of coating systems
- DAKA – a regional waste management company
Twin towns – Sister cities
Schwaz is twinned with:
- Web site of the municipality of Schwaz (German)
- Schwaz Silver Mine (German)
- official tourism information of Schwaz (English)
- About Schwaz and surrounding (English)
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