Csongrád County lies in the southern part of the Great Hungarian Plain and shares borders with Romania and Serbia. The river Tisza flows through the county, but other significant rivers like Körös and Maros can also be found here. There are two urban cities: Hódmezővásárhely, a city with county rights, and Szeged, the third most populous city in Hungary (the population is approx. 163,763) and the county seat of Csongrád County. Other major cities are Szentes, Csongrád and Makó. About two thirds of the regional population live in these five major cities. Csongrád County is home for approx. 408,000 people (206,936 of whom live in urban areas).
The county is most famous for the meat factory named ’Pick’ and the Szeged paprika, but cereals, fruit and vegetable productions also have a great importance. Half of the country’s onion, garlic and root-vegetables are produced in the Makó and Szeged city area.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
The educational level of the local population is above the national average. Csongrád County is one of the most important cultural, educational, medical and scientific centers in the country. Therefore, it has a significant impact on the economic and social development of the region.
The University of Szeged provides a crucial educational base for research pursuits, with its nationwide and internationally recognized scientific activities and success. The county considers it particularly important to support spin-off and start-up companies operating in knowledge-intensive sectors.
The ELI – Extreme Light Infrastructure – will be one of the largest research facilities in the European Union, which is dedicated to studying the interaction between light and matter with ultrahigh intensity lasers. The project is supported by the European Union and the Hungarian Government is providing support for the innovative project to be implemented in Szeged, within the National Programs under the framework of the New Széchenyi Plan.
Csongrád County offers diverse opportunities for leisure. Nature lovers can hike, encountering unique landscapes and flora and fauna. The high number of sunshine hours and the variety of surface water attract many tourists for waterside activities in the county.
“Tanya” is a typical rural settlement formation in the Great Plain, which is an important part of Hungarian social and historical heritage related to settlement structures and agriculture, but also some of our traditions refer back to Turkish times e.g.: the famous handmade Szeged slippers.
Many athletes were given to the nation by Csongrád County. The county’s kayak-canoeing team with its exceptional international successes made this sport a part of the collection of values. Also it’s important to remember the Pick Szeged men’s handball team, who made history by winning the EHF Cup in 2014.