Sokolov (Sokolov District)

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Coordinates: 50°10′N 12°39′E / 50.167°N 12.650°E / 50.167; 12.650
Sokolov
Falknov nad Ohří (until 1948)
Town
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Country Czech Republic
Region Karlovy Vary
District Sokolov
Commune Sokolov
Rivers Ohře, Svatava
Elevation 401 m (1,316 ft)
Coordinates 50°10′N 12°39′E / 50.167°N 12.650°E / 50.167; 12.650
Area 22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
Population 24,456 (2006-12-31)
Density 1,068 / km2 (2,766 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1279
Mayor Zdenek Berka
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 356 01 - 356 05
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in Sokolov District
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.sokolov.cz

Sokolov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈsokolof]), Falknov nad Ohří until 1948 (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfalknof ˈnat ʔoɦr̝iː]; German: Falkenau an der Eger) is a town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic, located to the northeast of Cheb. It has about 28,000 inhabitants.

History[edit]

Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), head of the Falkenau a.d. Eger district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[1]

From 1938 to 1945 it was one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. During World War II, Falkenau was the site of a sub-camp of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. The camp at Falkenau was captured by the U.S. 1st Infantry Division on May 6, 1945.

Sport[edit]

The city is home to a professional football club, FK Baník Sokolov.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967


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