Košice (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈkɔʃɪt͡sɛ] ( listen), German: Kaschau, Hungarian: Kassa, Hungarian pronunciation: [’kɒʃːɒ] ( listen)) is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia and currently the European Capital of Culture together with Marseille, France. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. With a population of approximately 240,000, Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia after the capital Bratislava.
Being the economic and cultural center of eastern Slovakia, Košice is the seat of the Košice Region and Košice Self-governing Region, the Slovak Constitutional Court, three universities, various dioceses, and many museums, galleries, and theaters. Košice is an important industrial center of Slovakia. The U.S. Steel Košice steel mill is the largest employer in the city. The town has good railway connections and an international airport.