Somogy County

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Somogy County
Somogy megye  (Hungarian)
Counties of Hungary
Kaposvar - River Kapos.jpgSiofok-bateau H-24428.jpg
Flag of Somogy County
Coat of arms of Somogy County
Coat of arms
Location of Somogy County
Country Hungary
Region Southern Transdanubia
County seat Kaposvár
 • President of the General Assembly Norbert Bíró (Fidesz-KDNP)
 • Total 6,065.07 km2 (2,341.74 sq mi)
Area rank 5th in Hungary
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 317,307
 • Rank 13th in Hungary
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Postal code 7253 – 729x, 74xx – 75xx, 7918, 7977 – 7979, 86xx – 873x, 884x – 885x
Area code(s) (+36) 82, 84, 85
ISO 3166 code HU-SO

Somogy (Slovene: Šomodska županija) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in present Hungary, and also in the former Kingdom of Hungary.

Somogy county[edit]

Somogy county lies in south-western Hungary, on the border with Croatia. It stretches between the river Dráva and the southern shore of Lake Balaton. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Zala, Veszprém, Fejér, Tolna, and Baranya. It is the most sparsely populated county in Hungary. The capital of Somogy county is Kaposvár. Its area is 6,036 km².


Somogy was also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory, which was slightly larger than that of present Somogy county, is now in south-western Hungary. The capital of the county was Kaposvár.

Aerial photograph of Kaposvár.



In 2015, it had a population of 312,084 and the population density was 52/km².

Year County population[1] Change
1949 361,213 n/a
1960 Increase 368,183 (record) 1.93%
1970 Decrease 357,009 -3.03%
1980 Increase 360,270 0.91%
1990 Decrease 344,708 -4.32%
2001 Decrease 335,237 -2.75%
2011 Decrease 316,137 -5.70%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 16,000), Germans (3,000) and Croats (1,500).

Total population (2011 census): 316,137
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[2]

Identified themselves: 287,692 persons:
Approx. 46,000 persons in Somogy County did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census:[3]


The Somogy County Council, elected at the 2014 local government elections, is made up of 16 counselors, with the following party composition:[4]

    Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 9                  
  Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik) 3                  
  Association for Somogy (Somogyért) 2                  
  Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) 1                  
  Democratic Coalition (DK) 1                  

Presidents of the General Assembly[edit]

István Gyenesei (Independent) 1990–1994
István Kolber (MSZP) 1994–1998
István Gyenesei (Somogyért); - II. 1998–2006
Attila Gelencsér (Fidesz) 2006–2014
Norbert Bíró (Fidesz) 2014–


Cities with county rights[edit]

  • Kaposvár – county seat; 66,245 (as of 2011)


(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)


Red pog.svg municipalities are large villages.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ népessé, "Somogy megye népessége 1870-2015"
  2. ^ 1.1.6. A népesség anyanyelv, nemzetiség és nemek szerint – Frissítve: 2013.04.17.; Hungarian Central Statistical Office (in Hungarian)
  3. ^ 2011. ÉVI NÉPSZÁMLÁLÁS, 3. Területi adatok, 3.15 Somogy megye, (in Hungarian) [1]
  4. ^ Közgyűlés, (in Hungarian) [2]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°25′N 17°35′E / 46.417°N 17.583°E / 46.417; 17.583