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Coat of arms
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Tvrdošín
River Orava
Elevation 569 m (1,867 ft)
Coordinates 49°20′13″N 19°33′01″E / 49.33694°N 19.55028°E / 49.33694; 19.55028Coordinates: 49°20′13″N 19°33′01″E / 49.33694°N 19.55028°E / 49.33694; 19.55028
Area 56.553 km2 (21.835 sq mi)
Population 9,402 (2006-12-31)
Density 166 / km2 (430 / sq mi)
First mentioned 1111
Mayor Ivan Šaško
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 027 44
Area code +421-43
Car plate TS
Location of Tvrdošín in Slovakia
Location of Tvrdošín in Slovakia
Location of Tvrdošín in the Žilina Region
Location of Tvrdošín in the Žilina Region
Wikimedia Commons: Tvrdošín
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS

Tvrdošín (German: Turdoschin (rare); Hungarian: Turdossin; Polish: Twardoszyn) is a town in central Slovakia.


The town is located at the confluence of the Orava and Oravica rivers, 12 km (7 mi) from the Polish borders and cca. 32 km (20 mi) from Dolný Kubín. It consists of the boroughs of Krásna Hôrka, Medvedzie, and Tvrdošín.


The town was mentioned in the Zobor documents in 1111 and in the document of Béla III of Hungary in 1183. It received royal free town privileges in 1369.[1]


According to the 2001 census, the town had 9,544 inhabitants. 99.03% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 0.53% Czechs and 0.19% Polish.[2] The religious make-up was 92.10% Roman Catholics, 4.84% people with no religious affiliation and 1.18% Lutherans.[2]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Tvrdošín is twinned with:


  1. ^ (Slovak)
  2. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ "International cooperation". Valka. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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