Kazincbarcika is an industrial town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, Northern Hungary. It lies in the valley of the river Sajó, 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from the county capital, Miskolc.

Egressy Béni street with typical concrete block of flats called Panelház
Egressy Béni street with typical concrete block of flats called Panelház
Flag of Kazincbarcika
Coat of arms of Kazincbarcika
Coat of arms
Kazincbarcika is located in Hungary
Location of Kazincbarcika
Kazincbarcika is located in Europe
Kazincbarcika (Europe)
Coordinates: 48°15′11″N 20°38′44″E / 48.25315°N 20.64563°E / 48.25315; 20.64563Coordinates: 48°15′11″N 20°38′44″E / 48.25315°N 20.64563°E / 48.25315; 20.64563
Country Hungary
 • Total36.70 km2 (14.17 sq mi)
 • Total29,256
 • Density822.48/km2 (2,130.2/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(+36) 48
Public Prosecutors Office
Aerial view of Borsod Chemic Factory


Kazincbarcika was created during the Socialist industrialization, when several villages were unified with the aim of creating an industrial city to provide workers for the newly built Borsodi Vegyi Kombinát (a predecessor of today's BorsodChem). The village of Sajókazinc was first mentioned in 1240. It was a mainly agricultural village until 1850, when the first coal mine was opened. The village of Barcika came into existence with the unification of two villages, Upper- and Lower-Barcika. Although a mine was opened nearby, agriculture remained the villagers' main occupation until the 1920s, when a large power plant was built.

After World War II, Sajókazinc and Barcika were united under the name Kazincbarcika. In 1954 it was granted town status, and the nearby village of Berente was annexed. The town already had 11,000 residents. BorsodChem, founded in 1949, took an active role in developing the town, and its job opportunities drew people from all over the country.

In the 1970s Kazincbarcika already had 30,000 residents. In the 1980s mining and heavy industry faced a crisis, and the rate of unemployment was high. The district of Berente separated from the city and became an independent village, mainly due to the fact that Borsodchem was situated in this part of the town, but the residents felt more of its disadvantages than its advantages. Berente's secession from Kazincbarcika led to the newly independent village receiving the local taxes paid by the factory; it made Berente one of the richest villages in the country.[1]

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