Nógrád County

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Nógrád (Hungarian: Nógrád megye, pronounced [ˈnoːɡraːd]; Slovak: Novohradská župa) is a county (Hungarian: megye) of Hungary. It sits on the northern edge of Hungary and borders Slovakia.

Nógrád County
Nógrád megye
Cserhát Mountains, near Hollókő
Castle of Drégely
View of Hollókő
Descending, from top: Hills near Hollókő, Castle of Drégely, View of Hollókő
Flag of Nógrád County
Coat of arms of Nógrád County
Nógrád County within Hungary
Nógrád County within Hungary
Country Hungary
RegionNorthern Hungary
County seatSalgótarján
 • President of the General AssemblyNándor Skuczi (Fidesz-KDNP)
 • Total2,545.48 km2 (982.82 sq mi)
 • Rank18th in Hungary
 • Total195,923[1]
 • Rank19th in Hungary
Postal code
2175 – 2179, 2610, 2611, 2616 – 2619, 264x – 269x, 304x – 31xx
Area code(s)(+36) 32, 35
ISO 3166 codeHU-NO


Nógrád county lies in northern Hungary. It shares borders with Slovakia and the Hungarian counties Pest, Heves and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén. The capital of Nógrád county is Salgótarján. Its area is 2,544 km². It is the smallest county by population and the second smallest by area (after Komárom-Esztergom).

Nógrád is famous for its historic architecture of ancient Gothic churches and stone castles dated to the 13th century. Some historic landmarks includes the Salgó Castle and several baroque buildings constructed in the 18th century and the Vay, Teleki. Much of the northern border of the county is formed by the river Ipoly. The mountain ranges Börzsöny, Cserhát and Mátra lie partly in the county.

Due to the mountains, the county is characterised by small villages nestled in the valleys. The two largest settlements are Balassagyarmat, the former county seat, and Salgótarján, which has become a center of industry in the early 20th century due to coal mines nearby.


Nógrád (-Hungarian, in Latin: comitatus Neogradiensis, in German: Neuburg or Neograd, in Slovak: Novohrad) was also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. The name stems from the former Nógrád castle (Slovak: Novohrad - this name is still used in Slovakia as well as the informal designation of the corresponding territory, now located in southern Slovakia and in northern Hungary).


Religion in Nógrád County (2011 census)

  Catholic Church (55.4%)
  Lutheranism (3.9%)
  Calvinism (2.1%)
  Other religions (1.8%)
  Non-religious (12.2%)
  Atheists (0.9%)
  Undeclared (23.5%)

In 2015, it had a population of 195,923 and the population density was 77/km².

Year County population[2] Change
1949 214,757 n/a
1960   235,675 9.74%
1970   234,430 -0.53%
1980   240,251 (record) 2.48%
1990   227,137 -5.46%
2001   220,261 -3.03%
2011   202,427 -8.10%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 15,000), Slovak (2,500) and German (1,000).

Total population (2011 census): 202,427
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[3] Identified themselves: 192,438 persons:

Approx. 26,000 persons in Nógrád County did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census:[4]

Regional structureEdit

District of Nógrád County
English and
Hungarian names
Seat № of
1 Balassagyarmat District
Balassagyarmati járás
532.94 40,326 76 Balassagyarmat 29
2 Bátonyterenye District
Bátonyterenyei járás
215.45 21,789 101 Bátonyterenye 8
3 Pásztó District
Pásztói járás
551.56 31,729 58 Pásztó 26
4 Rétság District
Rétsági járás
435.03 24,395 56 Rétság 25
5 Salgótarján District
Salgótarjáni járás
525.23 64,601 123 Salgótarján 29
6 Szécsény District
Szécsényi járás
285.26 19,587 69 Szécsény 14
Nógrád County 2,545.48 202,427 80 Salgótarján 131


The Nógrád County Council, elected at the 2019 local government elections, is made up of 15 counselors,[5] with the following party composition:

Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 10                    
  Democratic Coalition 1                    
  Jobbik 1                    
  Momentum Movement 1                    
  Hungarian Socialist Party 1                    
  Our Homeland Movement 1                    

Presidents of the General AssemblyEdit

List of Presidents, from 1990[6][7]
Ferenc Korill (SZDSZ) 1990–1994
Sándor Smitnya (SZDSZ) 1994–1998
Zsolt Becsó (Fidesz) 1998–2002
Ottó Dóra (MSZP) 2002–2006
Zsolt Becsó (Fidesz-KDNP) 2006–2014
Nándor Skuczi (Fides-KDNP) 2014–


Nógrád County has 1 urban county, 5 towns and 125 villages.

City with county rights

(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)




  1. ^ nepesseg.com, population data of Hungarian settlements
  2. ^ népesség.com, "Nógrád megye népessége 1870-2015"
  3. ^ 1.1.6. A népesség anyanyelv, nemzetiség és nemek szerint – Frissítve: 2013.04.17.; Hungarian Central Statistical Office (in Hungarian)
  4. ^ 2011. ÉVI NÉPSZÁMLÁLÁS, 3. Területi adatok, 3.13 Nógrád megye, (in Hungarian) [1]
  5. ^ "Megyei közgyűlés tagjai 2019-2024 (Nógrád megye)". valasztas.hu. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  6. ^ Önkormányzati választások eredményei (in Hungarian)
  7. ^ General Assembly website

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 48°00′N 19°34′E / 48.00°N 19.57°E / 48.00; 19.57