Veszprém, Hungary, Europe
Year1957latitude: 47° 5'
longitude: 17° 54'
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Inhabitants56,000 (2017)
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Literature- Bőszéné Szatmári-Nagy Anikó: Veszprém város története a kezdetektől napjainkig,
- Balassa László - Kralovánszky Alán: Veszprém, Panoráma - Magyar városok sorozat

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
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Jutas housing estate, embellished by painting.
source: wiki/Veszpr%C3%A9m#/media /F%C3%A1jl:Jutas_lak%C3%B 3telep_Veszpr%C3%A9m.jpg

The modern centre, built after 1957.
source: prem

Veszprem is one of the oldest cities in Hungary, yet it has a number of characteristics which it shares with New Towns, mainly the housing estates built in the 1960s and the modern centre which dates from the same era.

"Veszprém was one of the most-industrialized counties of Hungary until the 1980s, owing to its developed mining, chemical industry, and aluminum foundry, as well as the famed manufacturing of porcelain in Herend and crystal in Ajka. In the aftermath of the political changes in 1989, the county’s economy became more reliant on the tourism industry centred on Lake Balaton, especially at Veszprém, Balatonfüred, and Balatonalmádi. Veszprém’s industrial legacy put it at the centre of the news in October 2010, however, when a reservoir at an aluminum-manufacturing plant in Ajka burst, sending a torrent of hazardous chemical waste rushing through the countryside, taking the lives of four people, injuring dozens of others, and resulting in what Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called an “ecological tragedy.”"

Though Veszprem was already industrialised, this economic pillar was strengthened in the immediate post war years. In 1949 the Chemical University was established, now: Pannonia University. From 1957 on, new public institutions and housing estates were built.
The new modernistic centre dates from the end of the 1960s

In 2023 Veszprem will be European Capital of Culture.


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