Panorama of Svidník
|Elevation||230 m (755 ft)|
|Area||19.921 km2 (7.692 sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||089 01|
|Wikimedia Commons: Svidník|
Svidník (German: Oberswidnik, Rusyn: Свідник, Ukrainian: Свидник, Hungarian: Felsővízköz) is a town in eastern Slovakia, the capital of the Svidník District in the Prešov Region. It has a population of 11,492 (2013).
It is located in the Ondava Highlands, at the confluence of Ondava and Ladomírka rivers, located around 20 km (12.43 mi) from the Dukla Pass (Polish border) and around 55 km (34.18 mi) north-east of Prešov.
The town arose in 1944 by merger of two formerly independent municipalities of Nižný Svidník and Vyšný Svidník. The first written mention stems from 1355 as Scyuidnyk.
According to a 2001 census, the town had 12,428 inhabitants. 79.60% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 13.04% were Rusyns, 4.07% were Ukrainian, 1.50% were of Romani descent and 0.39% were Czechs. The religious make-up was 41.10% Greek Catholics, 25.82% Orthodox, 24.13% Roman Catholics, 5.17% people with no religious affiliation and 0.93% Lutherans.
Sister and twin cities
Svidník is twinned with:
- Official website (Slovak)
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