Sokolov, Czech Republic

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Sokolov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈsokolof]), Falknov nad Ohří until 1948 (Czech pronunciation: [ˈfalknof ˈnat oɦr̝iː]; German: Falkenau an der Eger) is a town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic, located to the northeast of Cheb. It has about 23,000 inhabitants.


Falknov nad Ohří (until 1948)
Flag of Sokolov
Coat of arms of Sokolov
Coat of arms
Sokolov is located in Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 50°10′53″N 12°38′25″E / 50.18139°N 12.64028°E / 50.18139; 12.64028Coordinates: 50°10′53″N 12°38′25″E / 50.18139°N 12.64028°E / 50.18139; 12.64028
Country Czech Republic
RegionKarlovy Vary
First mentioned1279
 • MayorRenata Oulehlová (ANO 2011)
 • Total22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi)
401 m (1,316 ft)
 • Total23,033
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
356 01


Until 1918, the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), head of the Falkenau a.d. Eger district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.[2]

In 1919, the town, being part of the continuous German Sprachraum, was proclaimed part of the Republic of German-Austria, but shortly afterwards became part of the First Czechoslovak Republic.

From 1938 to 1945 it was one of the municipalities in Sudetenland. During World War II, Falkenau was the site of a sub-camp of the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. The camp at Falkenau was captured by the U.S. 1st Infantry Division on May 6, 1945. Nearly all of the town's population, being Germans, were expelled after 1945. It was renamed Sokolov in 1948 in honour of the Battle of Sokolovo in which Czechoslovak soldiers had fought alongside Soviet soldiers on the Eastern Front in World War II.


The town is home to a professional football club, FK Baník Sokolov.

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Sokolov is twinned with:[3]


  1. ^ "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2020". Czech Statistical Office. 2020-04-30.
  2. ^ Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm Klein, 1967
  3. ^ "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Sokolov. Retrieved 2019-08-22.