Concept

Somogy County

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Somogy (Somogy vármegye, ˈʃomoɟ; Šomođska županija; Šomodska županija, Komitat Schomodei) is an administrative county (comitatus or vármegye) in present Hungary, and also in the former Kingdom of Hungary. Somogy County lies in south-western Hungary, on the border with Croatia (Koprivnica-Križevci County and Virovitica-Podravina County). It stretches between the river Dráva and the southern shore of Lake Balaton. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties of Zala, Veszprém, Fejér, Tolna, and Baranya. It is the most sparsely populated county in Hungary. The capital of Somogy County is Kaposvár. Its area is 6,036 km2. Somogy County (former) Somogy was also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory, which was slightly larger than that of present Somogy County, is now in south-western Hungary. The capital of the county was and still is Kaposvár. Demographics of Hungary In 2015, it had a population of 312,084 and the population density was 52/km2. Besides the Hungarian majority, the main minorities are the Roma (approx. 16,000), Germans (3,000) and Croats (1,500). Total population (2011 census): 316,137 Ethnic groups (2011 census): Identified themselves: 287,692 persons: Hungarians: 265,464 (92,27%) Romani: 16,167 (5,62%) Germans: 3,039 (1,06%) Others and indefinable: 3,022 (1,05%) Approx. 46,000 persons in Somogy County did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census. Religion in Hungary Religious adherence in the county according to 2011 census: Catholic – 168,307 (Roman Catholic – 167,719; Greek Catholic – 546); Reformed – 21,176; Evangelical – 5,807; other religions – 3,829; Non-religious – 35,503; Atheism – 3,056; Undeclared – 78,459. The Somogy County Council, elected at the 2019 local government elections, is made up of 15 counselors, with the following party composition: Somogy County has 1 urban county, 15 towns, 2 large villages and 227 villages.
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