South Bohemian Region

South Bohemia
Jihočeský kraj
Region
Jindřichův Hradec castle
Jindřichův Hradec castle
Flag of South Bohemia
Flag
Coat of arms of South Bohemia
Coat of arms
Jihoceský kraj in Czech Republic.svg
CountryCzech Republic
CapitalČeské Budějovice
DistrictsČeský Krumlov District, Jindřichův Hradec District, Písek District, Prachatice District, Strakonice District, Tábor District
Government
 • HejtmanJiří Zimola
Area
 • Total10,056.79 km2 (3,882.95 sq mi)
Highest elevation1,378 m (4,521 ft)
Population (09/2013)
 • Total636,459
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeCZ-JC
Vehicle registrationC
Websitehttp://www.kraj-jihocesky.cz/

South Bohemia (Czech: Jihočeský kraj) is an administrative unit (kraj) of the Czech Republic, located mostly in the southern part of its historical land of Bohemia, with a small part in southwestern Moravia. The western part of the South Bohemian Region is former Prachens (Prácheňsko), a huge archaic region with distinctive features with its capital, Písek. In 2011, there were 623 municipalities in the region, whereof 54 had a status of town.

The region borders (from the west clockwise) the regions Plzeň, Central Bohemia, Vysocina and South Moravia. To the south it borders Austria and Germany. Until 30 May 2001, the region was named as Budějovický kraj or Českobudějovický kraj, after its capital, České Budějovice.

Thanks to its geographical location and natural conditions the region belongs to the areas where the first settlements began to appear in the distant past. In the past centuries, the South Bohemia was famous for fishpond cultivation and forestry. The region has been industrialized since the beginning of the twentieth century. Nowadays, it is an attractive destination due to its natural and culturally historical richness. The travel industry has been recently the fastest growing industry in the region.[1]

The region was established based on the constitutional lax No. 347/97 of Collections concerning the formation of higher territorial administrative units. The region and its authorities are specified by Act No. 129-2000 of Collections concerning regions, which came into effect on the day of the regional authorities elections, or on January 1, 2001.[2]

Administrative divisions

The South Bohemian Region is divided into 7 districts:

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Districts of South Bohemia Region
   České Budějovice
   Český Krumlov
   Jindřichův Hradec
   Písek
   Prachatice
   Strakonice
   Tábor
Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Lâm Bohemia Chiu
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Паўднёвачэскі край
български: Южночешки край
čeština: Jihočeský kraj
dansk: Sydbøhmen
euskara: Hego Bohemia
français: Bohême-du-Sud
hrvatski: Južna Češka
Bahasa Indonesia: Daerah Bohemia Selatan
македонски: Јужночешки крај
Nederlands: Zuid-Bohemen
português: Boêmia do Sul
slovenčina: Juhočeský kraj
српски / srpski: Јужночешки крај
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Južnočeški kraj
Tiếng Việt: Nam Bohemia (vùng)