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Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Kecel
Coat of arms
Kecel is located in Hungary
Location of Kecel
Coordinates: 46°31′59″N 19°15′00″E / 46.533°N 19.25°E / 46.533; 19.25
Country  Hungary
County Bács-Kiskun
District Kiskőrös
 • Total 114.48 km2 (44.20 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 8,892
 • Density 78.42/km2 (203.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6237
Area code (+36) 78

Kecel is a town in Bács-Kiskun county, in southern Hungary.

Croats in Hungary call this town Kecelj.[1]


The first documents mentioning Kecel date back to 1198. Like many other Hungarian towns, Kecel has lost its population during the Turkish Conquest. On April 22, 1734 Gábor Patachich, the bishop of Kalocsa issued papers reestablishing the town of Kecel. At the time, most people made their living by herding. However, the rising population made this extremely hard, so people committed themselves to farming which still remains the main industry in Kecel. In 1802 a number of new buildings were built including: the Roman Catholic church, the Town Hall, the first school, post office, and the police and fire stations. The railroad also reached Kecel.


As of the census of 2001, there were 9,259 people and 3,600 households.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Kecel is twinned with:


  1. ^ (in Croatian) "Folia onomastica croatica 14/2005".  (462 KB) Živko Mandić: Hrvatska imena naseljenih mjesta u Madžarskoj,
  2. ^

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Coordinates: 46°32′N 19°15′E / 46.533°N 19.250°E / 46.533; 19.250