Helvécia

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Helvécia
Country  Hungary
County Bács-Kiskun
Area
 • Total 56.47 km2 (21.80 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 4,522[1]
 • Density 80.1/km2 (207/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6034
Area code(s) 76
Location of Bács-Kiskun county in Hungary

Helvécia is a large village in Bács-Kiskun county, in the Southern Great Plain region of southern Hungary.

History[edit]

Helvécia was founded in 1892 by Swiss-born teacher Heinrich Eduard Weber (Wéber Ede in Hungarian). After the great phylloxera epidemic that had destroyed much of the historical vineyard plantings in the 1870s, sandy soils of the Great Plains became much more valuable for grape cultivation than before. Helvécia was settled by 501 vineyard workers, most of them from the Balaton wine country. It gained independence of nearby Kecskemét in 1952.

Geography[edit]

It covers an area of 73.66 km2 (28 sq mi) and has a population of 4522 people (2015). Most of its inhabitants work in agriculture. Approximately half of the population lives in hamlets. The rest is distributed between two centres approximately 3 km apart from each other: the older Helvécia-Ótelep, and the Szabó-Sándor-telep or Újtelep, originally a housing area for the former collective farm.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Helvécia is twinned with Sirnach, Switzerland

Accident[edit]

In 1973, a severe level crossing accident took place here with 37 people at least killed.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gazetteer of Hungary, 1st January 2015. Hungarian Central Statistical Office. 03/09/2015

Coordinates: 46°50′N 19°37′E / 46.833°N 19.617°E / 46.833; 19.617