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Čadca ( ; (rare), , ) is a district town in northern Slovakiamarker, near the border with Polandmarker and the Czech Republicmarker.

Geography

It is located south of the Jablunkov Passmarker, surrounded by the Javorníkymarker, Kysucké Beskydy and Turzovská vrchovina mountain ranges. It lies in the valley of the Kysucamarker river, around 30 km north of Žilinamarker and is part of the historic region of Kysuce. A Goral minority lives in the surroundings.

History

The town was established in the 17th century, the first written reference dates back to 1565 as Tzaczcka. The town charter was granted in 1778.

Demographics

According to the 2001 census, the town had 26,699 inhabitants. 96.14% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.56% Czech and 0.13% Roma. The religious make-up was 91.48% Roman Catholics, 3.99% people with no religious affiliation, and 0.46% Lutherans.

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