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Rajec-namestie SNP.jpg
SNP Square, Rajec
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Žilina
Tourism region Severné Považie
River Rajčanka
Elevation 452 m (1,483 ft)
Coordinates 49°05′13″N 18°37′58″E / 49.08694°N 18.63278°E / 49.08694; 18.63278Coordinates: 49°05′13″N 18°37′58″E / 49.08694°N 18.63278°E / 49.08694; 18.63278
Area 31.46 km2 (12.15 sq mi)
Population 6,078 (2005-12-31)
Density 193/km2 (500/sq mi)
First mentioned 1193
Mayor Ján Rybárik
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 015 01
Area code +421-41
Car plate ZA
Location of Rajec in Slovakia
Location of Rajec in Slovakia
Location of Rajec in the Žilina Region
Location of Rajec in the Žilina Region
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: www.rajec.sk

Rajec (-Slovak and Hungarian, German: Rajetz) is a town in the Žilina District, Žilina Region in northern Slovakia.


Rajec, Rajčianka, Rajčanka are derived from Proto-Slavic appelative *rajь – a wet, muddy place (modern Slovak raj – a paradise, "a place with rich vegetation").[1]


The first written record about Rajec was in 1193 as Raich, in a document issued by King Béla III. The first mention as a town comes from 1397.


Rajec lies at an altitude of 452 metres (1,483 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 31.459 square kilometres (12.1 sq mi).[2] It is situated between Strážovské vrchy and Malá Fatra mountains, in the Rajčanka river valley, around 20 km (12 mi) south-south-west of Žilina.


According to the 2001 census, the town had 6,074 inhabitants. 98.86% of inhabitants were Slovaks and 0.68% Czechs.[2] The religious make-up was 92.79% Roman Catholics, 3.42% people with no religious affiliation and 1.89% Lutherans.[2]


  • Town Hall, renaissance one-floor building available from all sides. Open arcades served like market. On the second floor, there were administrative rooms of town council. After the newest reconstruction in 1992, the arcades are full glassed and the town hall serve as wedding, concert and exhibition room. (3D Model)
  • Town museum, former brewery residence

Twin cities[edit]


  1. ^ Krško, Jaromír (2011). Hydronymia horného povodia Váhu [Hydronymy of the Upper Váh Basin] (in Slovak). Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela. p. 125. 
  2. ^ a b c "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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