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Svidnik skansen - city view 2.jpg
Panorama of Svidník
Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Prešov
District Svidník
Tourism region Šariš
River Ondava
Elevation 230 m (755 ft)
Coordinates 49°18′20″N 21°34′04″E / 49.30556°N 21.56778°E / 49.30556; 21.56778Coordinates: 49°18′20″N 21°34′04″E / 49.30556°N 21.56778°E / 49.30556; 21.56778
Area 19.921 km2 (7.692 sq mi)
Population 11,492 (2013)
First mentioned 1330
Mayor Ján Holodňák
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 089 01
Area code +421-54
Car plate SK
Location of Svidník in Slovakia
Location of Svidník in Slovakia
Location of Svidník in the Prešov Region
Location of Svidník in the Prešov Region
Wikimedia Commons: Svidník
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

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.[1] 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.[1]

Sister and twin cities[edit]

Svidník is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

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