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Kladno CZ Town Hall 01.jpg
Kladno City Hall
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Central Bohemian
District Kladno
Elevation 381 m (1,250 ft)
Coordinates 50°9′N 14°6′E / 50.150°N 14.100°E / 50.150; 14.100Coordinates: 50°9′N 14°6′E / 50.150°N 14.100°E / 50.150; 14.100
Area 36.97 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Population 68,660 (As of 1 January 2017) [1]
Density 1,852/km2 (4,797/sq mi)
First mentioned 14th century
Mayor Milan Volf
Postal code 272 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Kladno
Website: www.mestokladno.cz

Kladno (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkladno]; German: Kladen) is the biggest city in the Central Bohemian Region (Středočeský kraj) of the Czech Republic. It is located 25 kilometres (16 miles) northwest of the capital city Prague. Kladno is the largest city of the region and holds a population together with its adjacent suburban areas of more than 110,000 people (nearly 70,000 in Kladno proper). The city is part of the Prague metropolitan area, which has the population of nearly 2,200,000 people (making it the biggest one in the Czech Republic).


The first written evidence of Kladno dates back to the 14th century. In 1561 the city rights were secured. Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), head of the Kladno district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[2]


Kladno was the historical birthplace of heavy industry in Bohemia. For years, the town was home to the Poldi steel factory, the region's largest employer. The factory still stands but has been divided into smaller entities after privatisation and changes in ownership. The mining industry began here in 1842. A post-office was opened in 1863.[3] The proximity to Prague helped to keep the local economy stable in spite of the heavy industrial decline after the collapse of the communist regime. A series of Western European companies has established production in Kladno, including LEGO, Dr. Oetker, NKT Cables and Quickstep Laminate Floors.

Notable natives[edit]

Chapel of St. Florian in the pedestrian zone

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kladno is twinned with:[11]

Kladno has a partnership with:



  1. ^ https://www.czso.cz/documents/10180/45964084/13007217.pdf/16152f21-3984-4ada-8599-be35c0e31ad6?version=1.1 Population of municipalities of the Czech Republic, 1st January 2017] [CS Ch.{{{ch}}}]
  2. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967
  3. ^ Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin MUELLER, 1961
  4. ^ "Biography of Mayor Anton J. Cermak". Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jaromir Jagr". Retrieved 19 Jul 2012. 
  6. ^ "Michal Pivonka". Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tomas Plekanec". Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ondrej Pavelec". Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jiri Sekac Anaheim Ducks - 2014-2015 Stats". Retrieved 11 Nov 2014. 
  10. ^ "Frantisek Kaberle". Retrieved 13 Feb 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Partnerská města Kladna" (in Czech). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Washington's Sister Cities, Counties, States and Ports". Washington State Lieutenant Governor's Office. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. 
  13. ^ "Podolsk sister cities". Translate.google.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  14. ^ "New expansion of the LEGO factory in Czech Republic". LEGO.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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