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Kecskemét is the seat of Bács-Kiskun, the largest Hungarian county. It is situated in central Hungary, between the rivers Danube and Tisza, 85 km south of Budapest. It is the seventh largest town of Hungary with the area of 321 km² and the population around 111.000. As per the Financial Times fDi Magazine (2018/2-3) Kecskemét is among the TOP-10 Most Business Friendly Small European Cities.

International and national highways are crossing the city. The region has common borders with Romania in the east and Serbia in the south, so it is often referred to as “The Gate to the Balkan territories”. Currently the construction of highway M8 that will connect M5 with M6 in east-west direction is in the planning phase; their hub is going to be in Kecskemét.

Being the seat town of the county, Kecskemét is the administrative, economic, and educational centre of the region, rich in cultural values.

 Thanks to its geographical position, Kecskemét has always been a town of meetings, the meeting point of different religions, cultures, and traders of all nationalities.

The city was founded at the cross-roads of ancient trading routes. In 1368 it was identified as a market-town in a charter of King Anjou Louis the Great. We celebrated the 650th anniversary of our town in 2018.

The name Kecskemét originates from the word „kecske” - meaning goat, and „mét” - meaning district. The goat can be seen in the coat of arms with the motto of the city: ‘neither height, nor depth frightens us’. This motto was guiding our ancestors at the turn of the 19th – 20th century at the time of the first important economic boom, when they rebuilt the downtown, turning the city into a pearl of Art Nouveau.

The expansion of gardening, wine-growing viniculture and fruit-growing all lead to the improvement of the city. The most famous product of the town is Apricot Pálinka, which is made of special tasty apricots. The cultivation of this characteristic fruit of the region started more than 100 years ago.

The one-time market town transformed into a sizeable city and became a county seat in 1950. Since then it has been dynamically emerging into an industrial, commercial and cultural centre. Rapid development of economic growth in Kecskemét began when Daimler - the inventor of the automobile - set foot in the city 10 years ago. The decision was partly a result of a new economic model launched by the Municipality in 2007. The construction of the Mercedes-Benz plant has given a significant boost to our region; it has created several thousands of jobs reducing unemployment, has opened up the possibility of development for smaller businesses and provided impulses for the training of future generations. In 10 years, over six thousand jobs have been created in the city. Today, Kecskemét is a major contributor to the national economic growth, our goal is to set the economy of Kecskemét onto a long-term growth path. Concerning the role of Kecskemét in the Southern Great Plain region and within the country, the government declared the town and its region Hungary’s automotive centre of national significance in 2012.

The qualification and professional knowledge of the workforce is an important factor in Kecskemét, where the labour-intensive industrial manufacuring processes are characteristic features. There are 9 specialized secondary educational institutes, where nearly 1000 students start school each year, they can choose from approx. 80 different trades. 8 grammar schools operate in Kecskemét, 3 of them are maintained by churches. John von Neumann University has four faculties including the Faculty of Economics and Business, GAMF Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Teacher Training Faculty, and the Faculty of Horticulture and Rural Development.

Kecskemét is the native town of József Katona, the author of the Hungarian national drama, and Zoltán Kodály, the world-famous composer, expert of music pedagogy, musicologist, and researcher of folk music. He founded the first primary music school of the country in Kecskemét, which bears the name of the master and has become world-famous together with the Kodály Zoltán Institute of Music Pedagogy.


Infrastructural developments:

  • The 4-lane ring-road around the city was completed in 2018,
  • Road developments to serve the demands of both Mercedes - Benz plants, enlarging the capacity of road 54 the junction to M5 motorway,
  • Reconstruction of main roads leading to different city districts or agglomeration,
  • Roundabouts are built to ensure safe traffic in busy crossroads,
  • Two bikeways were built in popular routes to serve not only healthy lifestyle but also to ease inner city traffic,
  • Three smart crosswalks were created and about 45 renewed.

Renovation and development of institutions:

  • The ultra-modern Campus of John von Neumann University is under construction and is going to be completed by June 2019,
  • Construction works of Kecskemét Athletic Centre is completed,
  • Mercedes-Benz Sport Academy was founded by the reconstruction of the old swimming pool,
  • A new nursery was built with the capacity of 52 children,
  • Modernisation and renovation of the energy system of 5 nurseries, 13 kindergartens and 9 schools,
  • A day-care centre for handicapped and autist children was built,
  • Renovation of three museums of regional importance (Collection of Folk Art, Collection of Medical and Pharmaceutical History, “Szórakaténusz” Toy Museum and Workshop),
  • Construction of a Retirement Home and energy renovation of some others,
  • The construction of a new Family and Child Protection Centre started.

Investments for better living:

  • Green city investments at two major areas of the town (Homokbánya and Rudolf Garden) ,
  • New residential area is being created to replace old barracks used by the Russian Army,
  • Establishment of a Complex Waste Management System in the Danube-Tisza Region,
  • A spectacular mural painting was created on a central office building for the 650th anniversary of the town,
  • Four charging stations for electric vehicles were installed.

Improvements in the framework of Modern Cities Program: (National Government Program to develop significant Hungarian Cities) /projects extending for several years/

  • Reconstruction works of the 123-year-old Town Hall, the pearl of Art Noveau,
  • Extention of the NATO Air Base with public airport services,
  • Development of Human Infrastructure in Kecskemét city and it’s region, establisment of bilingual vocational school (German and English languanges),
  • Establishment of the „Kodály Zoltán International Training and Methodology Centre” by the development of Kodály Institute (faculty of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music),
  • Public Transport developments in Kecskemét and the suburban region,
  • Foundation of the Kecskemét Development Fund to support local enterprises,
  • Transformation of main railway and bus station into an intermodal station (Development of the main railway and bus station in Kecskemét with intermodal transport connections and P + R parking possibilities),

- Development of power supply capacity for the industrial zones in Kecskemét city.