Ostrov (Karlovy Vary District)

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Ostrov nad Ohří
Ostrov nad ohri marktplatz.jpg
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Karlovy Vary
District Karlovy Vary
Commune Ostrov
Elevation 398 m (1,306 ft)
Coordinates 50°18′30″N 12°56′52″E / 50.30833°N 12.94778°E / 50.30833; 12.94778Coordinates: 50°18′30″N 12°56′52″E / 50.30833°N 12.94778°E / 50.30833; 12.94778
Area 50.42 km2 (19.47 sq mi)
Population 17,089 (January, 2015)
Density 339/km2 (878/sq mi)
First mentioned 13th century
Mayor Josef Železný
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 363 01
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
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Wikimedia Commons: Ostrov
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.ostrov.cz

Ostrov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈostrof]; German: Schlackenwerth), is a town in the Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic. It is located at a foothill of the Ore Mountains about 10 kilometres (6 miles) northeast of Karlovy Vary and has a population of 16,999 (September, 2009). The origin of the settlement named Zlaukowerde (Slávek's Island) at the confluence of Bystřice and Jáchymovský Creeks traces back to the beginning of the 13th century. The town charter for Ostrov was issued by Bohemian king John the Blind in 1331. During World War II the castle served as nazi concentration camp. The population of Ostrov multiplied after World War II with a boom of uranium mining in nearby Jáchymov. The extensive housing blocks from the 1950s forming the new part of Ostrov are considered one of the best examples of socialist realism architecture in the Czech Republic. The town was known for production of Škoda trolleybuses for many decades, but this ended in 2004.

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Older slang names for Ostrov also include: Durmstraum,Diertnes, Dretsna.