Svit (Hungarian: Szvit) is a small town in Poprad District in the Prešov Region in northern Slovakia.[5] It lies 8 km (5 mi) west of the city of Poprad, at the foothills of the High Tatras.

Svit
Town
General view of the town
General view of the town
Coat of arms of Svit
Svit is located in Prešov Region
Svit
Svit
Location of Svit inPrešov Region
Svit is located in Slovakia
Svit
Svit
Location of svit in Slovakia
Coordinates: 49°03′57″N 20°11′14″E / 49.06583°N 20.18722°E / 49.06583; 20.18722Coordinates: 49°03′57″N 20°11′14″E / 49.06583°N 20.18722°E / 49.06583; 20.18722
Country Slovakia
RegionPrešov
DistrictPoprad
Government
 • MayorIng. Dáša Vojsovičová
Area
 • Total4.48[2] km2 (1.73[2] sq mi)
Elevation
720[3] m (2,360[3] ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total7,703[1]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
059 21[3]
Area code(s)+421 52[3]
Car platePP
Websitewww.svit.sk

HistoryEdit

Svit is one of the youngest Slovak towns. It was established in 1934 by business industrialist Jan Antonín Baťa of Zlín, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) through his organization Baťa a.s., Zlin in accordance with his policy of setting up villages around the country for his workers. As a boy, Jan Baťa saw the poverty and sickness of his fellow countrymen. He wanted to change this by creating cities full of the most modern factories and filled with the best (and happiest) workers in Europe. The Baťa System under Jan's administration brought prosperity first to Moravia, and later Slovakia and Bohemia. It was Jan's policy for full employment that drove him to create each Baťa town for a different purpose: Shoes, Rubber and Tires, Textiles, Airplanes, Chemicals, Plastics, Media, Stockings, Leather, Machinery.

When the World War II came, Jan Baťa's policy was to secretly fund the Czechoslovak government-in-exile, to supply the Czech Army with shoes and clothing and to secretly fund the Slovak National Uprising that started at Baťovany (now Partizánske) on August 29, 1944. Jan Baťa represented Czech/Slovak freedom and prosperity.

Svit is short for "Slovenské vizkózové továrne" (in English Slovak Viscose Works). (Also, the word svit means 'shine' in Slovak) Svit is the smallest town in Slovakia (4.5 km²) with the population of 7,790.

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2001 census, the town had 7,445 inhabitants. 96.44% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.11% Romani and 0.79% Czechs.[6] The religious make-up was 62.53% Roman Catholics, 20.67% people with no religious affiliation, 8.62% Lutherans and 4.00% Greek Catholics.[6]

SportsEdit

The town is home to the professional basketball team BK Iskra Svit, which plays in the Slovak Extraliga.

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Svit is twinned with:[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Počet obyvateľov podľa pohlavia - obce (ročne)". www.statistics.sk (in Slovak). Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. 2022-03-31. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  2. ^ a b "Hustota obyvateľstva - obce [om7014rr_ukaz: Rozloha (Štvorcový meter)]". www.statistics.sk (in Slovak). Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. 2022-03-31. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  3. ^ a b c d "Základná charakteristika". www.statistics.sk (in Slovak). Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  4. ^ a b "Hustota obyvateľstva - obce". www.statistics.sk (in Slovak). Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic. 2022-03-31. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  5. ^ "Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic" (PDF). Výsledky SODB 2011. Štatistický úrad SR. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Municipal Statistics". Statistical Office of the Slovak republic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  7. ^ "Partnerské mestá" (in Slovak). Svit. Retrieved 2019-09-03.

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