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Aerial photography: Balasagyarmat, County House with the Medium and High Security Prison
Balassagyarmat (formerly Balassa-Gyarmath, , ) is a town in northern Hungarymarker. It was the seat of the Nógrádmarker comitatus.

History

The town's coat-of-arms bears the Latin inscription "Civitas Fortissima" (the bravest city), because in January 1919 Czechoslovak troops crossed the demarcation line delineated in December 1918 in preparation for the Treaty of Trianon, illegally occupying towns south of the line, including Balassagyarmat. The local population managed to push back the Czechoslovak troops in a serious military encounter in which many of the civilian participants lost their lives.

The heroics of the town's people against the illegal and unprovoked invasion has been immortalised in the Kárpátia song "Civitas Fortissima"

Geography

The town lies on the left bank of the Ipoly river, which marks the state border with Slovakiamarker. The town has a population of 16 580 as of 2009, of which 98% are Hungarian and 2% are Gypsy.

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International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Balassagyarmat is twinned with:

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References

  1. Hungarian foreign policy: Fidesz or Duchy of Fenwick style? http://esbalogh.typepad.com/hungarianspectrum/
  2. http://www.karpatiazenekar.hu/oldal/album.php
  3. http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balassagyarmat



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