Szerencs is in the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, about 220 km northeast of Budapest at the foot of the Zemplén Mountains.
Szerencs was first mentioned in the Middle Ages.
In the 15th century it was already a town, its owners were the Rákóczi family. In 1605 István Bocskai was elected ruling prince of Hungary here.
In the 18th century the town began to develop fast, but the development slowed down in the 19th century, and in 1876 Szerencs lost its town status.
The industrialisation helped to speed up development again.
The sugar factory (the largest one in Europe at that time) was opened in 1889 and in 1923 the famous chocolate factory of Szerencs was opened too.
In 1930 the village had almost 7000 residents.
After World War II Szerencs became the administrative centre of the Szerencs district.
During the Communist regime the role of Szerencs as an important centre of food industry was strengthened, a bread factory was opened and also a machine factory was built.
Szerencs regained its city status in 1984.
Castle of the Rákóczi family
Museum of the sugar factory
Population: 10,213 (2001)
Area: 36,69 km²
Postal code: 3900
Calling code: 47
Retrieved and excerpted from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szerencs" in July 2005.
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