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Veszprém, Hungary
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Veszprém, western Hungary, lies along the Séd River, 15 kilometers south of Lake Balaton, a famous tourist attraction in Hungary and the largest freshwater lake in Europe, and 110 kilometers northeast of Budapest. It is the capital city of Veszprém County, with a total population of 386,000 and a city population of 63,000. The Bakony Mountain in the county is rich in forest resources, containing manganese, lignite and bauxite. 

Veszprém is one of the oldest cities in Hungary. Its most representative historical building complex is Veszprém Castle in the center of the city with a typical baroque style. There are many historic churches and museums with a simple style in the city, which will often hold various exhibitions and lectures. Since the queens of Hungary have been crowned by the Bishop of Veszprém for centuries in history, the city of Veszprém is still known as the "City of Queens". After World War II, the city began to develop, and universities, research institutions and factories were established one after another. 

Veszprém has very convenient transportation and is a railway and highway hub in Hungary. The Budapest-Veszprém-Komanda 8th highway passes through the city. It can also go directly to the Austrian city of Graz, thus connecting southern Austria and Italy. The No. 82 Veszprém-Giehal highway intersects in the city. There is a railway connection from Budapest to Veszprém. Communication in the city is also very convenient.

The tourism and commerce industry in Veszprém is relatively developed. It is a mining and chemical industry center. With the establishment of new industrial zones, the industrial structure has gradually diversified. Due to its convenient location, beautiful natural environment and close proximity to Lake Balaton and Bakony Mountain, Veszprém has become a well-known tourist center in the region.

Veszprém has sound educational, cultural and sports facilities. As early as in the thirteenth century, the city established a university that taught 7 majors in literature and art. It was one of the earliest cities in Hungary to establish a university. The early Veszprém University was destroyed by war in the Middle Ages and was rebuilt in 1949, and was officially renamed Pannonia University in May 2006. Nowadays, in addition to liberal arts majors, Pannonia University also teaches engineering, economics, information engineering, agriculture and other science and engineering disciplines, and has an international teaching center, faculty training center and vocational and technical education projects. Veszprém also has indoor swimming pools, theaters, symphony orchestras, choirs, song and dance groups, and equestrian clubs. Various traditional folk cultural activities are often carried out, which adds to the artistic atmosphere of the city.

In July 2018, Director of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress led a delegation to visit Veszprém. He attended the celebration ceremony for the 15th anniversary of the friendship between the two cities and signed a memorandum of deepening exchanges and cooperation between the two cities with the Mayor of Veszprém.

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