The European Youth Orienteering Championships 2020 will be held in Salgótarján.
Salgótarján is the capital of Nógrád County, in Northern Hungary. It’s located at
the foot of the Karancs mountain, in the Cserhát hills, 250 meters above sea level,
120 km north-east from Budapest, and 10 km south of the border with Slovakia.
Salgótarján is surrounded by beautiful forests and hills topped with castle ruins.
The town already existed in the Middle Ages, but information on it is scarce
possibly because it was a small settlement. The word salgó means “shining” in Old
Hungarian, while Tarján was the name of one of the Hungarian tribes conquering
Real development came in the mid-19th century, when a coal mine was opened
nearby. The job opportunities provided by the mine and the developing industry
began to attract people. The village grew quickly and was granted town status
in 1922. Today visitors can see the remains of the mining industry by visiting the
Mine Museum. In 1950, Salgótarján became the capital of Nógrád county. In the
next twenty years several villages were annexed to the growing city. The coal
mines closed years ago. The population is around 34.000 today