Geographical position

The town of Veľký Meder is situated in the District of Trnava more exactly in the County of Dunajská Streda. It lies 20 km south-east of Dunajská Streda and 35 km north-west of Komárno. Ižop as a part of the town belongs to it. It lies on the largest Lowland of Slovakia called Podunajská Lowland also known as Lower Cornfield Island more exactly at the lower part of it which is surrounded by the rivers Danube and Small Danube. The town is the third biggest settlement in the district. Its location is favorable for economical, agricultural and administrative aspects too.

Transport

Veľký Meder is a very important intersection of the Cornfield Island. There is a railway line which joins Bratislava with Komárno and a main road no. 63 lead through the town. The main international road no. 586 to Győr which is 22 km long and the main road no. 561 to Galanta which is 44 km long branch off at the town. There are two ports on the Danube – one is in Komárno and the other one in Bratislava 65 km far from Veľký Meder. The nearest airports are those in Bratislava, Budapest (128 km) and in Vienna (147 km). The town is divided into two cadastral lands, into Veľký Meder with 47.22 km² and into Ižop with 8.33 km². Several plots situated west from the town belong to the town administratively: Tájlok, Izsap puszta, Sárkány and Újmajor.

Economy and facilities

Veľký Meder is an agricultural centre of the Lower Cornfield Island with significant food processing industry and with plants of the automotive industry but some carpenter workshops and representatives of the building industry can be found here too. Despite of the above mentioned the most important economic sector is the tourism, which is based on the all year operating thermal park with some pools. The thermal bathing resort was passed in 1974 and later was reconstructed and modernized.
Many kind of shopping, recreational and entertainment facilities can be found in the town. There are shopping centers like „Billa“, „Lidl“, „Jednota“, petrol stations, guest houses, bars, pubs, souvenir shops and other kind of outlets. There are nearly 400 registered guest-houses, providing around 5000 accommodations at different places of the town. There are wide varieties of accommodations offered from the lower class lodgings and camps to high quality service three-star-hotels and wellness hotels.

Hydrography

The hydrogeology of the town is mainly comprised by artificial water canals but some natural lakes also remained in this locality. The landscape is diversified by some artificially created lakes too. Tiszota is one of the naturally created lakes which lie on the south-east edge of the town. The „heart“of this lake is of natural origin but it was used for exploitation of gravel so the lake was formed further. At the present time the lake is owned by the fishing association. Its area extends to 4 ha, and at some points it reaches the depth of 10 m. There are some other natural lakes like the Csiliz lakes which consist of 3 ha of lake system which lies south from the town on the route Veľký Meder-Klučovec. The lake is known among the inhabitants as „hemp-steeping – kenderáztató“, because hemp was steeped there in the past. These lakes also are in the ownership of the fishing association.
The biggest gravel pit of the town is of artificial origin. Its area is 13 ha and was used for exploitation of gravel for years. Its depth reaches 25-30 m. The mining of the lake was closed down. Its beautiful, cerulean and clean water attracts many people particularly in summer months. The funs of water sports as swimmers, divers, surfers and kayak-paddlers can meet their expectances there.

Composition of the population (12/2011)

Total population of hte town: 8795
Dividing the population of the town according to sexes:
Women: 4587
Men: 4208

Ethnic composition of the population according to ethnicity (official data of the 2001 census):
Hungarians 84,5%
Slovaks 13,5%
Roms 0,7%
Czechs 0,7%
Other 0,6%

Composition of the population according to religious affiliation (according to the 2001 census):
Roman Catholics 57,4%
Calvinists 22,0%
Lutherans 1,9%
Greek Catholics 0,3%
Jehovah´s Witnesses 0,2%
Other 18,2%