Pécs, Baranya County, Southern Transdanubia Region, Hungary

🇭🇺 Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economic centre of Baranya County. Pécs is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.

A city dating back to the ancient times, settled by the Celts and the Romans, it was made an episcopal see in early medieval Hungary. It features the oldest university in the country, and is one of the major cultural centres. Pécs also has a rich heritage from the age of a 150-year-long Ottoman occupation. Pécs was historically a multiethnic city where many cultures intermingled, creating a melting pot of different values, the rich result of 2000 years of history. In recent times, the city has been recognised for its cultural heritage, including by being named as one of the European Capital of Culture cities.

Economy Historically Pécs was well known in Hungary for its industry with several factories, but after the fall of the Iron Curtain many have not managed the economic transition well and went bankrupt (e.g. Pécsi Kesztyűgyár, Pécsi Bőrgyár, Littke Pezsgőgyár etc.). Until some years ago, it had a coal and uranium mine, now only its sand mine exists and is operated by the Hungarian-owned Quartz mining company.

The nationally famous porcelain factory, the Zsolnay Porcelain is the greatest pride of Pécs. The walls and roofs of several public and private buildings in the city are decorated with the company's porcelains contributing to Pécs's unique cityscape.

The Pécsi Sörfőzde (Pécs Brewery) is one of the four main Hungarian breweries (the others being Dreher Breweries, Borsod Brewery, Heineken Hungária), but the only one of them owned fully by Hungarians. It produces a special beer, that is known for not being strained before bottling.

The Hungarian textile manufacturer Rovitex Hungária, the American crane manufacturer Terex, the Hungarian scale manufacturer Pécsi Mérlegstúdió, the Hungarian furniture manufacturer Megyeri Bútor, the Hungarian cutting-tool manufacturer FORSZ, the German switchboard manufacturer HB-Kapcsolószekrénygyártó (part of the Bader Gruppe), the Hungarian recycling company Alcufer, the Hungarian agricultural vehiclemanufacturer HIDROT, the Hungarian animal husbandry tool manufacturer Önitató, the tobacco factory Pécsi Dohánygyár (owned by British American Tobacco), the Hungarian automotive spare parts manufacturer Matro, the Hungarian safe manufacturer Strauss Metal, the Hungarian packaging machine manufacturer SOMAPAK, the Hungarian plastics producer Termoplast, the Bocz Printing House, the Hungarian pickles manufacturer Babina, the Hungarian plastic product manufacturer Karsai Pécs, the Hungarian metal manufacturer Riner Metal based there and have their production facilities in the city.

There is a gradual development of modern high-tech industry, with Finnish electronics manufacturing company Elcoteq the largest industrial employer in the city, the Hungarian Z Elektronika electronics manufacturer and the Hungarian TG Netcom IT network manufacturer.

The German transportation company, Dachser has a logistics centre in Pécs.

The Biokom waste management and recycling company (owned by the city) is responsible for the transport and recycling of waste in the whole territory of Pécs and the surrounding areas. The energy used in the settlement is produced mainly by the two biomass power plants of Pannonpower (part of Veolia) which consists of a 49,9 MW woodchip fired and a 35 MW agricultural by-product-fired power plants. The country's largest solar cell field is also in Pécs, thanks to the city's southern location and longer sunny hours, which can produce about 10 MW energy a year. The solar power plant is operated by MVM Hungarowind (part of the MVM Group).

The Expo Center Pécs Exhibition and Conference Centre provides place for international exhibitions and conferences.

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Pécs has a population of over 145,300 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Pécs is twinned with: 🇷🇴 Arad, Romania; 🇹🇷 Beyoğlu, Turkey; 🇷🇴 Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 🇩🇪 Fellbach, Germany; 🇦🇹 Graz, Austria; 🇵🇱 Kraków, Poland; 🇹🇷 Kütahya, Turkey; 🇫🇮 Lahti, Finland; 🇷🇸 Novi Sad, Serbia; 🇨🇿 Olomouc, Czech Republic; 🇭🇷 Osijek, Croatia; 🇺🇸 Seattle, United States; 🇮🇷 Shiraz, Iran; 🇦🇱 Shkodër, Albania; 🇧🇬 Sliven, Bulgaria; 🇮🇹 Terracina, Italy; 🇺🇸 Tucson, United States; 🇧🇦 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 🇭🇷 Zagreb, Croatia.

Friendship Links Pécs also has an informal friendship link with 🇬🇧 Peterborough, England.

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