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)
|• Mayor||Renata Oulehlová (ANO 2011)|
|• Total||22.9 km2 (8.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||401 m (1,316 ft)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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In 1919, the town, being part of the continuous German Sprachraum, was proclaimed part of the Republic of German-Austria, but Czechoslovak authorities ignored principles of ethnic borders and insisted that the town be included in the new Czechoslovak state because it lies within the historic borders of the Kingdom of Bohemia.
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.
The town is home to a professional football club, FK Baník Sokolov.
- "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm KLEIN, 1967
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