Nógrád (county)

Nógrád County
Salgótarján, seat of Nógrád

Coat of arms
Country Hungary
Region Northern Hungary
County seat Salgótarján
 • Total 2,544 km2 (982 sq mi)
 • Total 210,200
 • Density 83/km2 (210/sq mi)

Nógrád is a county (Hungarian: megye) of Hungary.


Nógrád county lies in northern Hungary. It shares borders with Slovakia and the Hungarian counties Pest, Heves and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén. The capital of Nógrád county is Salgótarján. Its area is 2544 km².

Nógrád is famous for its historic architecture of ancient Gothic churches and stone castles dated back to the 13th century. Other historic landmark includes the baroque buildings constructed in the 18th century and the Vay, Teleki. Mátra lie partly in the county.

Due to the mountains, the county is characterised by small villages nestled in the valleys. The two largest settlements are Balassagyarmat, the former county seat, and Salgótarján, which has become a center of industry in the early 20th century due to coalmines nearby.



Nógrád (-Hungarian, in Latin: comitatus Neogradiensis, in German: Neuburg or Neograd, in Slovak: Novohrad) was also the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory is presently in southern Slovakia and in northern present-day Hungary. The name Novohrad is still used in Slovakia as an informal designation of the corresponding territory. The name stems from the former Nógrád (Novohrad) castle in present-day Hungary.

General Assembly

The regional legislature is the General Assembly

Presidents of the General Assembly [1]

  • Ferenc Korill 1990-1994
  • Sándor Smitnya 1994-1998
  • Zsolt Becsó 1998-2002
  • Ottó Dóra 2002-2006
  • Zsolt Becsó 2006-2010

Regional structure

City with county rights

Cities and towns

(ordered by population, according to the 2001 census)



External links

  • Photos from Nograd County

Coordinates: 48°00′N 19°34′E / 48.00°N 19.57°E / 48.00; 19.57

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