The Prešov Region (Slovak: Prešovský kraj, pronounced [ˈpreʂɔwskiː ˈkraj]; Hungarian: Eperjesi kerület), also Priashiv Region[2] (Ukrainian: Пряшівський край, romanizedPriashivskyi krai, pronounced [prʲaʃivsʲkɪj kraj]), is one of the eight Slovak administrative regions and consists of 13 districts (okresy) and 666 municipalities, 23 of which have town status. The region was established in 1996 and is the most populous of all the regions in Slovakia.[3] Its administrative center is the city of Prešov.

Prešov Region
Prešovský Kraj
Flag of Prešov Region
Coat of arms of Prešov Region
Prešov Region
Prešov Region
Country Slovakia
 • GovernorMilan Majerský (KDH)
 • Total8,973.69 km2 (3,464.76 sq mi)
Highest elevation
2,654 m (8,707 ft)
Lowest elevation
105 m (344 ft)
 (2017 estimate)
 • Total822,946
 • Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Total€7.451 billion (2016)
 • Per capita€9,070 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSK-PV

Geography edit

It is located in the north-eastern Slovakia and has an area of 8,975 km2. The region has a predominantly mountainous landscape. The subdivisions of TatrasHigh Tatras and Belianske Tatras lie almost entirely in the region and include the highest point of Slovakia – Gerlachovský štít (2,654 ASL). Other mountain ranges and highlands in the region are Šarišská vrchovina, Čergov, Ondavská vrchovina, Slanské vrchy, Pieniny, Levoča Hills, Laborecká vrchovina, Bukovské vrchy, Vihorlat Mountains and Eastern Slovak Lowland. The basins in Prešov Region are Podtatranská kotlina, Hornadská kotlina and Košice Basin.

Major rivers in the region include the Poprad in the west, which is the only major Slovak river in the Baltic Sea watershed, a small part of Hornád in the south-west, a small part of Dunajec in the north, the Torysa in the centre and the Ondava and Laborec in the east. As for administrative divisions, the region borders on the Lesser Poland and Subcarpathian voivodeships in Poland in the north, Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine in the east, Košice Region in the south, Banská Bystrica Region in the south-west and Žilina Region in the west.

Demographics edit

Historical population

The population density in the region is 92.13/km2 (238.6/sq mi) (2020-06-30/-07-01),[5] which is below the country's average (110 per km2). The largest towns are Prešov, Poprad, Humenné, Bardejov and Snina. According to the 2011 census, there were 814,527 inhabitants in the region, with a majority of Slovaks (90.7%), with minorities of Roma (4.0%), Rusyns (2.7%) and there are small minorities of Ukrainians (<1%) and Czechs (<0.5%).[6]

Politics edit

The current governor of Prešov region is Milan Majerský (KDH). He won with 42% of the vote. In the 2017 election a regional parliament was also elected.

County Council of Prešov region
HousesCounty Council
Political groups
  Centre-right group[7] (20)
  Voice (20)
  Independent group (9)[8]
  Together for Region (8)[9]
  Non-affiliated (8)[10]
Last election
29 October 2022
Meeting place
Council of Prešov region

Administrative division edit

The Prešov Region consists of 13 districts. There are 666 municipalities, of which 23 are towns, where about half of the region's population live.


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Regions and Cities > Regional Statistics > Regional Economy > Regional GDP per Capita, OECD.Stats. Accessed on 16 November 2018.
  2. ^
    • Magocsi, Paul R. (1999). Of the Making of Nationalities There is No End: Speeches, debates, bibliographic works. East European Monographs. p. 130. ISBN 9780880334389.
    • Horbal, Bogdan; Krafcik, Patricia Ann; Rusinko, Elaine (2006). Carpatho-Rusyns and Their Neighbors: Essays in Honor of Paul Robert Magocsi. Eastern Christian Publications. p. 82. ISBN 9781892278630.
    • Liber, George O. (2016). Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954. University of Toronto Press. p. 269. ISBN 9781442627086.
  3. ^ "Demografia Prešovského samosprávneho kraja - VÚC Prešov" (in Slovak). Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. ^ "SLOVAKIA: Regions and Major Cities". Citypopulation. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Statistic of Slovak places by Dušan Kreheľ – Export". Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  6. ^ "POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS 2001 - Tab. 3a". 2006-11-29. Archived from the original on November 29, 2006. Retrieved 2013-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ SaS, KDH,
  8. ^
      Independent (8)
      STANK (1)
  9. ^
      Independent (8)
  10. ^
      Independent (4)
      Chance, PS, DS, ODS, Together (1)
      Direction (1)
      Republic (1)
      Dawn (1)

Further reading edit

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