Veľký Krtíš

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Veľký Krtíš
Country Slovakia
Region Banská Bystrica
District Veľký Krtíš
River Krtíš
Elevation 200 m (656 ft)
Coordinates 48°12′54″N 19°20′17″E / 48.21500°N 19.33806°E / 48.21500; 19.33806Coordinates: 48°12′54″N 19°20′17″E / 48.21500°N 19.33806°E / 48.21500; 19.33806
Area 15.028 km2 (6 sq mi)
Population 11,657 (2017-05-01)
Density 776/km2 (2,010/sq mi)
First mentioned 1245
Mayor Dalibor Surkoš
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 990 01
Phone prefix 421-47
Car plate VK
Location of Veľký Krtíš in Slovakia
Location of Veľký Krtíš in Slovakia
Location of Veľký Krtíš in the Banská Bystrica Region
Location of Veľký Krtíš in the Banská Bystrica Region
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Veľký Krtíš (before 1927 Veľký Krtýš, Hungarian: Nagykürtös) is a town in southern Slovakia, situated in the historical Novohrad region. The town's most important economic sectors are mining and agriculture.


The name is of Hungarian origin and is probably derived from the word kürtös (a bugler) or motivated by the ethnonym Kürt (one of Magyar tribes).[1]


The town was first mentioned in the second half of the 13th century, although the name Krtíš first appeared in 1245 under name Curtus (Latin). It was ruled by Ottoman Empire between 1554 and 1594 and again between 1596 and 1686 as part of Filek sanjak, its centre was Rim Sonbat. After Treaty of Trianon it became part of Czechoslovakia except Hungarian rule between 1938 and 1945.


Veľký Krtíš lies at an altitude of 200 metres (656 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 15.028 square kilometres (5.8 sq mi).[2] It is situated in the Krupinská planina, at the foothills of Javorie, around 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of the Hungarian border and around 75 kilometres (47 mi) south of Banská Bystrica.


In May 2017 the town had 11,657 inhabitants.[3] According to the 2011 census 86.93% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 6.20% Hungarians, 2.06% Roma and 0.78% Czechs.[2] The religious make-up was 54.26% Roman Catholics, 21.58% people with no religious affiliation and 16.00% Lutherans.[2]


  1. ^ Krajčovič, Rudolf (2005). Živé kroniky miest a obcí [Living Chronicles of Towns and Villages] (in Slovak). Bratislava: Literárne a informačné centrum. p. 126. ISBN 80-88878-99-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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