Coordinates: 49°13′22″N 18°44′24″E / 49.22278°N 18.74000°E / 49.22278; 18.74000
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Flag of Žilina
Coat of arms of Žilina
Žilina is located in Žilina Region
Location in Slovakia
Žilina is located in Slovakia
Žilina (Slovakia)
Coordinates: 49°13′22″N 18°44′24″E / 49.22278°N 18.74000°E / 49.22278; 18.74000
Country Slovakia
First mentioned1208
 • MayorPeter Fiabáne
 • Total80.028 km2 (30.899 sq mi)
342 m (1,122 ft)
 • Total80,810
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
010 01
Area code+421-41
Car plateZA

Žilina (German: Sillein, Hungarian: Zsolna) is a city in northwestern Slovakia.

Geography[change | change source]

The city is located in the northwestern Slovakia, at the confluence of Váh, Kysuca and Rajčanka rivers. It is surrounded by numerous mountains ranges, for example Lesser Fatra, Strážov Mountains and many others.

History[change | change source]

People have lived here since the Neolithic age. The Slavs started to move here in the 5th century. German colonists started to live here since the 13th century. When the Hussites burned the city down, it declined it for some time. It regained its position in the 19th century, when it became an important railway junction. Today, it is the fifth largest town in Slovakia and the third most important industrial centre in Slovakia.

Sights[change | change source]

The centre of the city is the Mariánske námestie, with the city hall, baroque statue of the Virgin Mary and so on. Other sights include:

  • The Budatín Castle
  • Wooden church of St. George (one of the few outside north-eastern Slovakia)
  • Church of St. Stephen the King
  • Orthodox synagogue

Economy[change | change source]

Žilina is the main industrial and business centre of the Váh river. The biggest employer is the Kia Motors company, which invested here 1 billion dollars and created 3000 work positions.

Twin towns[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Population and migration". Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. Retrieved 2019-04-16.

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