Fonyód

Fonyód (German: Fonjod) is a town and holiday resort on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, in north-west Somogy, western Hungary, with over 4700 residents. It is the seat of Fonyód District.

Fonyód

Fonjod (in German)
Skyline of Fonyód
Skyline of Fonyód
Flag of Fonyód
Flag
Coat of arms of Fonyód
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): 
Town of experiences
Fonyód is located in Hungary
Fonyód
Fonyód
Location of Fonyód
Coordinates: 46°44′28″N 17°33′01″E / 46.74119°N 17.55030°E / 46.74119; 17.55030Coordinates: 46°44′28″N 17°33′01″E / 46.74119°N 17.55030°E / 46.74119; 17.55030
Country Hungary
RegionSouthern Transdanubia
CountySomogy
DistrictFonyód
RC DioceseKaposvár
Established9th century AD
Town status1989
Government
 • MayorJózsef Hidvégi (Fidesz-KDNP)
Area
 • Total53.55 km2 (20.68 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total4,773[1]
Demonym(s)fonyódi
Population by ethnicity
 • Hungarians84.3%
 • Germans3.7%
 • Gypsies1.2%
 • Croats0.2%
 • Romanians0.1%
 • Greeks0.1%
 • Slovaks0.1%
 • Polish0.1%
 • Ukrainians1.1%
 • Others1.0%
Population by religion
 • Roman Catholic51.3%
 • Greek Catholic0.5%
 • Calvinists5.8%
 • Lutherans1.8%
 • Jews0.1%
 • Other0.8%
 • Non-religious13.3%
 • Unknown26.4%
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8640
Area code(+36) 85
Patron SaintSaint Stephen
MotorwaysM7
Distance from Budapest154 km (96 mi) Northeast
NUTS 3 codeHU232
MPJózsef Attila Móring (KDNP)
WebsiteFonyód Online

HistoryEdit

The first mention of Fonyód was in a letter of Saint Ladislaus from 1082, as the village Funoldi. In 1232, the village was included into the lands of the Tihany Abbey. Maps from the 14th century show Fonyód as an island (with Balaton being larger), with a castle. The castle was occupied and destroyed in 1575 during the Turkish invasion, with no one living in the village by 1580. After the Turkish occupation, Fonyód remained uninhabited until the 19th century.

The construction of a railway around Lake Balaton greatly contributed to the village's development. By 1900, Fonyód had become a holiday resort, and by 1910 over a thousand visitors were arriving each year.

Fonyód attained town status in 1989.

EconomyEdit

The town is famous for its mineral water which is bottled there under the name Fonyódi and is owned by the Croatian company, Jana (part of Agrokor).[4][5]

The electronics producer cms manufacturing (owned by the Austrian cms electronics) and the Italian electronics device producer Datalogic operate factories in the town.[6]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Csilla Molnár (1969 – 1986), Hungarian beauty queen
  • Ilona Győri (1929 - 2001), Hungarian actress
  • András Fodor (1929 - 1997), Hungarian poet, essayist

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Fonyód is twinned with:

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