Part of town square
|• Mayor||Josef Bělica (ANO)|
|• Total||32.07 km2 (12.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||260 m (850 ft)|
|• Density||2,200/km2 (5,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Havířov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦaviːr̝of] (listen); Polish: Hawierzów, Cieszyn Silesian: Hawiyrzów) is a city in the Karviná District, Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 71,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the region. 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 emigrated 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.
In a competition to name the city in 1956, various names were suggested, such as Stalin, Gottwaldův Horníkov (after Klement Gottwald), Zápotockýgrad (after Antonín Zápotocký) and "Čestprácov" (derived from the Socialist-era greeting čest práci). Eventually it was decided that the city should be named Havířov, from havíř, "miner", and the possessive suffix -ov.
Havířov was founded after the Second World War. Most of the buildings of the new city were built in the style of Socialist Realism.
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. Football club MFK Havířov was founded in 1922. MFK Havířov entered into a contract with sports brand JOMA for four years. MFK Havířov has two pitches and one artificial pitch. They have nickname which is "indians" according to American bikers. Their matches are played on pitches in Prostřední Suchá.
- Martin Mainer (born 1959), artist and professor
- Daniel Zítka (born 1975), footballer
- Jan Laštůvka (born 1982), footballer
- Dominik Graňák (born 1983), ice hockey player
- Robert Mayer (born 1989), ice hockey player
- Pavel Maslák (born 1991), sprinter
- Kateřina Pauláthová (born 1993), alpine skier
- Kryštof (founded 1994), music band
- David Pastrňák (born 1996), ice hockey player
Twin towns – sister cities
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- "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
- "Havířov má šedesát let. Mohl to být také Gottwaldův Horníkov". Česká televize. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- "MFK Havířov - history".
- "Partnerská města - Statutární město Havířov" (in Czech). Statutární město Havířov. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
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