🇸🇰 Košice is the largest city in eastern Slovakia. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. Košice is the second-largest city in Slovakia.
Being the economic and cultural centre of eastern Slovakia, Košice is the seat of the Košice Region, the Slovak Constitutional Court, three universities, various dioceses, and many museums, galleries, and theatres. In 2013 Košice was the European Capital of Culture. The town has extensive railway connections and an international airport.
The city has a preserved historical centre which is the largest among Slovak towns. There are heritage protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles with Slovakia's largest church: the St. Elisabeth Cathedral. The long main street, rimmed with aristocratic palaces, Catholic churches, and townsfolk's houses, is a thriving pedestrian zone with boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. The city is known as the first settlement in Europe to be granted its own coat-of-arms.
Economy Košice is the economic hub of eastern Slovakia. It accounts for about 9% of the Slovak gross domestic product. The steel mill, U.S. Steel Košice with 13,500 employees, is the largest employer in the city and the largest private employer in the country. The second-largest employer in the east of the country is Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions Slovakia. It was established and has been based in Košice since 2006. Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions Slovakia had 4,545 employees in Košice in Q4 of 2020, which makes it the second-largest shared service centre in Slovakia and one of the top fifteen largest employers in Slovakia. As part of the growing ICT field, Košice IT Valley association was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of educational institutions, government and leading IT companies. In 2012 it was transformed into the cluster. In 2018 the cluster was for the second time certified for “Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD” as the first in central Europe and is one of three certified clusters in the area of information and communication technologies. Other major sectors include mechanical engineering, food industry, services, and trade.
Košice was ranked #321 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Košice has a population of over 240,000 people.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Košice has several partner towns and sister cities around the world: 🇭🇺 Abaújszántó, Hungary; 🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary; 🇹🇷 Bursa, Turkey; 🇩🇪 Cottbus, Germany; 🇵🇱 Katowice, Poland; 🇵🇱 Krosno, Poland; 🇭🇺 Miskolc, Hungary; 🇺🇸 Mobile, AL, United States; 🇷🇸 Nis, Serbia; 🇨🇿 Ostrava, Czech Republic; 🇧🇬 Plovdiv, Bulgaria; 🇫🇮 Raahe, Finland; 🇵🇱 Rzeszów, Poland; 🇷🇺 Saint Petersburg, Russia; 🇺🇦 Uzhhorod, Ukraine; 🇸🇰 Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia; 🇩🇪 Wuppertal, Germany.