Šahy (Hungarian: Ipolyság, rarely German: Eipelschlag) is a town in southern Slovakia, The town has an ethnic Hungarian majority and its population is 7,238 people (2018), with an average age of 42.5.

Town hall, a former guildhall
Town hall, a former guildhall
Coat of arms of Šahy
Šahy is located in Slovakia
Location of Šahy in Slovakia
Coordinates: 48°03′55″N 18°57′05″E / 48.06528°N 18.95139°E / 48.06528; 18.95139Coordinates: 48°03′55″N 18°57′05″E / 48.06528°N 18.95139°E / 48.06528; 18.95139
First mentioned1237
 • MayorIstván Gregor
 • Total42.727 km2 (16.497 sq mi)
136 m (446 ft)
 • Total7,238
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
936 01
Area code(s)421-36
Car plateLV


It is located at the eastern reaches of the Danubian Lowland on the river Ipeľ at the Hungarian border, on the E77 road from Budapest to Kraków. Besides the main settlement, it also has two "boroughs" of Preseľany nad Ipľom (4 km (2.49 mi) west of centre, annexed 1980) and Tešmák (3 km (1.86 mi) east of centre, annexed 1986). From 1980 to 1996 it also had now independent village of Hrkovce.


The first written mention is from 1237 in a document of King Béla IV under name Saag, when Martin Hont-Pázmány founded a Premonstratensian monastery there. It got character of a small town in the 14th century. It was part of Ottoman Empire between 1541–1595 and 1605–1685 and was known as "Şefradi". It was also sanjak centre in Uyvar eyalet between 1663 and 1685. Before break-up of Austria-Hungary in 1918/1920 and incorporation into Czechoslovakia, it was part of the Hont County, and was from 1806 its capital. It was part of Hungary from 1938 to 1945 as a result of the First Vienna Award.


According to the 2014 census, the town had 7,516 inhabitants. In 2001 62.21% of the inhabitants were Hungarians, 34.57% Slovaks, 0.56% Czech and 0.41 Roma.[2] The religious makeup was 84.06% Roman Catholics, 6.87% people with no religious affiliation, and 3.46% Lutherans.[2]


The town is home to the Hont Museum and Gallery of Ľudovít Simony.[3]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Šahy is twinned with:[4]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Population and migration". Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  3. ^ Milan Paprčka; Simona Nádašiová (2016). Hont z neba. Banská Bystrica: CBS spol. ISBN 978-80-8144-109-7.
  4. ^ "Partnerské mestá". sahy.sk (in Slovak). Šahy. Retrieved 2021-03-24.

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