City centre of Martin
|Name origin: church dedicated to St. Martin|
|Elevation||395 m (1,296 ft)|
|Area||67.736 km2 (26.153 sq mi)|
|Density||856 / km2 (2,217 / sq mi)|
|Mayor||Andrej Hrnčiar (independent)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||036 01|
|Wikimedia Commons: Martin|
Martin ( pronunciation (help·info); Slovak: Turčiansky Svätý Martin until 1950, Hungarian: Turócszentmárton, German: Turz-Sankt Martin, Latin: Sanctus Martinus / Martinopolis) is a city in northern Slovakia, situated on the Turiec river, between the Malá Fatra and Veľká Fatra mountains, near the city of Žilina. The population numbers approximately 58,000, which makes it the eighth largest city in Slovakia. It is the center of the Turiec region and the District of Martin.
From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary. The first recorded reference to Martin in written sources is dated to 1284 under the name of Vila Sancti Martini.
In the turbulent 15th century, Martin suffered from many disasters, for example from the attack of the Hussites in 1433, when the town was burned down. Just 10 years later, it was destroyed again by an earthquake and Martin started to be slowly degraded from royal to the privileged town and under direct influence of the Révay family.
Since the 18th century, Martin became centre of the Turóc county.
The town became the foremost Slovak cultural center in the 19th century. Several cultural institutions (including Slovak Matica and Slovak National Museum) were founded there. Most political activities leading to the Slovak national emancipation in the 19th and early 20th centuries were organized in or from Martin. The town was also industrialized at this time. The first printing works were established in 1869, the furniture factory Tatra nábytok in 1890, and so on.
National Council of the Slovak Republic declared the City of Martin the center of national culture of the Slovaks on August 24, 1994.
City of Martin won the United Nations Public Service Award in 2011 in category: Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service 
Martin lies at an altitude of 395 metres (1,296 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 67.74 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi). It is located in northern Slovakia, in the Turiec Basin, just south of the confluence of the Turiec River with Váh. Mountain ranges in the proximity of the city are Lesser Fatra and Greater Fatra, more to the south are Žiar and Kremnica Mountains. The nearest major cities are Žilina, 30 kilometres (19 mi) away to the north-west, Banská Bystrica, 60 kilometres (37 mi) away to the south-east and capital Bratislava, 230 kilometres (143 mi) to the south-west (by road). Martin has 10 boroughs: Jahodníky, Ľadoveň, Stred, Sever, Košúty, Podháj, Stráne, Priekopa, Tomčany and Záturčie.
Martin lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. It is characterized by a significant variation between hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Average annual temperature is around 7 °C (45 °F) and average annual rainfall is 750 – 860 mm. most of the rainfall is in June and in the first half of July. Snow cover lasts from 60 to 80 days per year.
|Climate data for Martin|
|Average high °C (°F)||0
|Average low °C (°F)||−5
|Precipitation cm (inches)||2.85
|Source: MSN Weather|
Martin has a population of 58000 (as of December 31, 2009). According to the 2001 census, 94.9% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.6% Czechs, 0.5% Roma, and 0.2% Hungarians. The religious makeup was 44.1% Roman Catholics, 31.2% people with no religious affiliation, and 17.2% Lutherans.
The oldest building is a Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours (13th century). The Slovak National Museum placed its ethnographic collection in Martin. An open air museum in the suburbs, the Museum of the Slovak Village (Jahodnícke háje), exhibits the traditional rural architecture and folk traditions of the region of Turiec. The Slovak National Cemetery is the official Slovak hall of fame, inspired by the Panthéon in Paris. The Slovak Chamber Theatre in Martin was established in 1944 as the second professional theatre company in Slovakia. The theatre building is a landmark of the city center.
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Martin is home to a Volkswagen Group owned automotive industry production plant, under the Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. subsidiary. Opened in 2000, it employs approximately 800 people. The city has been hit, rather, hard by the current recession as Volkswages was forced to lay off over 200 workers. The Danish shoe company Ecco is situated near to the Kosuty II borough. Next to the city center (downtown) are two big employers, namely Neografia Martin (printing company) and the University hospital. Other well known companies are SKANSKA, Viena International and Hoechst-Biotika. Some important companies are located near to the city of Martin like ŽOS Vrútky or Prefa Sučany. Due to economic crisis the unemployment rate rose to 10% but is still below national average rate. During the best years, the unempleyment rate was approximately 5% 
Martin is home to the Jessenius School of Medicine which is 1 of 3 medical schools in Slovakia. Up to 400 Norwegian medical students are currently studying there. The city's system of primary education consists of nine public schools, two private primary schools and two religious primary schools, enrolling in total 5,027 pupils. There is currently a plan to build a five story high school near the main square. When completed, it will be largest educational building in Slovakia apart from universities. The school will be named after Andrej Hlinka, a former Slovak politician. Secondary education is represented by two gymnasia with 828 students, three specialized high schools with 1,050 students (Business Academy Martin), and three vocational schools with 2,501 students (data as of 2007).
Twin towns - sister cities
Martin is twinned with:
- Janko Alexy, painter
- Miloš Alexander Bazovský, painter
- Martin Benka, painter
- Barbora Bobulová, actress
- Ľuboš Kostelný, actor
- Zdeno Cíger, ice hockey player, bronze medal at the WCH 1989, 1990, 2003
- Matúš Daňko, ski mountaineer
- Janko Jesenský, writer
- Andrej Kmeť, scientist
- Zora Mintalová - Zubercová, ethnographer, historian and museologist
- Miloslav Schmidt, organizer of fire brigades
- Lukáš Plank, Pathologist
- Róbert Švehla, ice hockey player, bronze medal at the WCH 1992, 2003
- Radovan Somík,ice hockey player, world champion at the WCH 2002
- Paula Voit, mother of the composer Béla Bartók
- Jaroslav Katriňák, endurance motorcycle racer, 9th overall place at 2007 Dakar Rally
- Lucia Klocová, athlete, who specialises in the 800 metres
- Stanislav Jančárik, or Estanislao Jancarik (in Spanish), architect who designed many buildings in Buenos Aires
- Jana Kirschner, pop singer
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- "Prehľad gymnázií v školskom roku 2006/2007" (PDF) (in Slovak). Ústav informácií a prognóz školstva. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
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- "Kalisz Official Website - Twin Towns". (in English and Polish) © 2005-2008 Urząd Miejski Kalisz. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
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