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Hosszúhetény (Croatian: Hetinj, Etinj, Hetin, Jetin, German: Hetting, Heting, Langheting) is the most populous village in Baranya county, southwest Hungary, a significant centre of village tourism. It is located 18 kilometres northeast to Pécs, the county capital, in a valley between the feet of Zengő, the highest peak of the Mecsek mountains and the peak called Hármashegy.

Hosszúhetény
Hetting/Heting/Langheting
Hosszúhetény Hetting/Heting/Langheting is located in Hungary
Hosszúhetény Hetting/Heting/Langheting
Hosszúhetény
Hetting/Heting/Langheting
Location of Hosszúhetény
Coordinates: 46°09′48″N 18°21′05″E / 46.16331°N 18.35135°E / 46.16331; 18.35135Coordinates: 46°09′48″N 18°21′05″E / 46.16331°N 18.35135°E / 46.16331; 18.35135
Country Hungary
CountyBaranya
Area
 • Total45.27 km2 (17.48 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total3,360
 • Density74.22/km2 (192.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
7694
Area code(s)72

It has a population of 3424 (as of Jan 1, 2010) and an area of 45.27 km2 (17 sq mi).

The valley has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Two other nearby villages belong to the administration of Hosszúhetény: Püspökszentlászló and Kisújbánya.

Located in an environmentally protected area, a special microclimate producing rare flower species like Paeonia officinalis ssp, among picturesque mountains, the three villages are popular among tourists who arrive from all parts of Hungary and abroad. One of the main sites is the arboretum of the episcopal castle in Püspökszentlászló.

Tourism gives an increasing portion of the villagers' revenues after the decline of coal mining which flourished in the region between the 1950s and 1990.

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NATO radarEdit

In the 2000s the Hungarian government wanted to build a NATO radar station on the top of the Zengő, but the plan foundered in 2005 on fierce resistance from the inhabitants of Hosszúhetény and nearby Pécsvárad and environmentalist groups including Greenpeace.

 
The eastern Mecsek mountains

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