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Namestovo Hviezdoslavovo namestie.jpg
Hviezdoslav Square in Námestovo
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Námestovo
Tourism region Orava
Elevation 614 m (2,014 ft)
Coordinates 49°24′10″N 19°28′53″E / 49.40278°N 19.48139°E / 49.40278; 19.48139Coordinates: 49°24′10″N 19°28′53″E / 49.40278°N 19.48139°E / 49.40278; 19.48139
Area 44.474 km2 (17 sq mi)
Population 8,094 (2005-12-31)
Density 182/km2 (471/sq mi)
First mentioned 1557
Mayor Ján Kadera
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 029 01
Phone prefix 421-43
Car plate NO
Location of Námestovo in Slovakia
Location of Námestovo in Slovakia
Location of Námestovo in the Žilina Region
Location of Námestovo in the Žilina Region
Wikimedia Commons: Námestovo
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.namestovo.sk

Námestovo (Hungarian: Námesztó; Polish: Namiestów) is a town in northern Slovakia. It is the capital and largest town of Námestovo District in the Žilina Region. As of 2005 its population was 8,094.


The name is derived from a word námesta (a representative, a deputy; like modern Slovak námestník or Czech náměstek) referring to a representative of Vlach settlers whose seat was in Námestovo.[1] Alternatively, it could be derived from a personal name Namest (a less probable theory).[1]


The town is located under the Orava Highlands at the shores of the Orava reservoir, not far from the Polish border, around 15 km (9.32 mi) from Tvrdošín and 30 km (18.64 mi) from Dolný Kubín.


The town was mentioned in the 16th century, when the massive colonisation of Orava took place. It was growing quickly, thanks to its favourable location on the trade route to Poland. The town was burned down at the end of World War II. The construction of the Orava reservoir affected the way of life in the town, as two-thirds of the town were inundated, including the town centre. Boom of the industry and the following apartment construction in the 1970s contributed to the growth of the town.

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According to the 2001 census, the town had 8,135 inhabitants. 98.65% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 0.65% Czechs.[2] The religious makeup was 92.12% Roman Catholics, 4.95% people with no religious affiliation and 0.84% Lutherans.[2]



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  1. ^ a b Krajčovič, Rudolf (2013). "Z lexiky stredovekej slovenčiny s výkladmi názvov obcí a miest (38)". Kultúra slova (in Slovak). Martin: Vydavateľstvo Matice slovenskej (3): 92. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 

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