Vas (Hungarian: Vas megye, pronounced [ˈvɒʃ]; German: Komitat Eisenburg; Slovene: Železna županija or županija Železna, Croatian: Željezna županija) is an administrative county (comitatus or megye) of Hungary. It was also one of the counties of the former Kingdom of Hungary. It is part of the Centrope Project.

Vas County
Vas megye
Kőszeg Mountains, near Kőszeg
Landscape in Őrség
Main Square, Szombathely
Descending, from top: Hills near Kőszeg, Landscape in Őrség, and Downtown of Szombathely
Flag of Vas County
Coat of arms of Vas County
Vas County within Hungary
Vas County within Hungary
Country Hungary
RegionWestern Transdanubia
County seatSzombathely
 • BodyVas County Assembly
 • President of the General AssemblyLászló Majthényi (Fidesz-KDNP)
 • Total3,336.14 km2 (1,288.09 sq mi)
 • Rank17th in Hungary
 • Total253,997[1]
 • Rank17th in Hungary
Postal code
95xx – 99xx
Area code(s)(+36) 94, 95
ISO 3166 codeHU-VA


Vas county lies in western Hungary. It shares borders with Austria (Burgenland) and Slovenia (Mura Statistical Region) and the Hungarian counties Győr-Moson-Sopron, Veszprém and Zala. The capital of Vas county is Szombathely. Its area is 3,336 km².


Vas is also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory is now in western Hungary, eastern Austria and eastern Slovenia. The capital of the county was Szombathely.

Vas county arose as one of the first comitatus of the Kingdom of Hungary.

In 1920, by the Treaty of Trianon the western part of the county became part of the new Austrian land Burgenland, and a smaller part in the southwest, known as Vendvidék became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later renamed to Yugoslavia). In the Vendvidék in 1919 was founded an unrecognized state the Prekmurje Republic, alike in Burgenland the Lajtabánság. The remainder stayed in Hungary, as the present Hungarian county Vas. After World War II due to Communist reforms, a small part of former Sopron county went to Vas county, some villages north of Zalaegerszeg went to Zala county, and a small region west of Pápa went to Veszprém county.

Since 1991, when Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia, the Yugoslavian part of former Vas county (around Murska Sobota) is part of Slovenia.

The Vas county is home to a small Slovene minority, which lives in the area between the town of Szentgotthárd and the Slovenian border (see Hungarian Slovenes).


Religion in Vas County (2011 census)

  Catholic Church (58.7%)
  Lutheranism (5.9%)
  Calvinism (2.8%)
  Other religions (0.8%)
  Non-religious (5.3%)
  Atheists (0.7%)
  Undeclared (25.7%)

In 2015, it had a population of 253,997 and the population density was 76/km².

Year County population[2] Change
1949 283,070 n/a
1960   282,728 -0.12%
1970   277,619 -1.81%
1980   285,498 2.84%
1990   275,944 -3.35%
2001   268,123 -2.83%
2011   256,629 -4.29%


Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Croats (approx. 3,000), Roma (2,500), Germans (2,000) and Slovenes (1,500).

Total population (2011 census): 256,629
Ethnic groups (2011 census):[3] Identified themselves: 225 052 persons:

Approx. 39,000 persons in Vas 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 Vas County
English and
Hungarian names
Seat № of
1 Celldömölk District
Celldömölki járás
474.13 24,630 52 Celldömölk 28
2 Körmend District
Körmendi járás
614.53 27,177 44 Körmend 46
3 Kőszeg District
Kőszegi járás
286.45 25,090 88 Kőszeg 21
4 Sárvár District
Sárvári járás
685.46 38,684 56 Sárvár 42
5 Szentgotthárd District
Szentgotthárdi járás
255.04 14,961 59 Szentgotthárd 16
6 Szombathely District
Szombathelyi járás
646.36 112,320 174 Szombathely 40
7 Vasvár District
Vasvári járás
374.14 13,767 37 Vasvár 23
Vas County 3,336.14 256,629 78 Szombathely 216


Countyhall of Vas.

The Vas County Council, elected at the 2014 local government elections, is made up of 15 counselors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Assembly
  Fidesz-KDNP 10                    
  Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik) 2                    
  Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) 2                    
  Mayors Association for Vas County (PVME) 1                    

Presidents of the General AssemblyEdit

List of Presidents, from 1990[6]
Gyula Pusztai (MSZP) 1990–1998
Péter Markó (Fidesz) 1998–2006
Ferenc Kovács (Fidesz-KDNP) 2006–2014
László Majthényi (Fidesz-KDNP) 2014–


Vas County has 1 urban county, 12 towns and 203 villages.

City with county rights

(ordered by population, as of 2011 census)




  1. ^, population data of Hungarian settlements
  2. ^ népessé, "Vas 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, 3.18 Vas megye, (in Hungarian) [1]
  5. ^ A Vas Megyei Közgyűlés tagjai, (in Hungarian) [2]
  6. ^ Önkormányzati választások eredményei (in Hungarian)

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 47°10′N 16°45′E / 47.167°N 16.750°E / 47.167; 16.750