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a megye (county) in northern Hungary. Area, 3,600 sq km. Population, 342,000 (1975). The administrative center is the city of Eger. The northern part of Heves is covered by the volcanic Mátra massif, and the western part by the Bükk Mountains; the southern part is a plain, the northern edge of the Great Central Danubian Plain (Alföld).

Heves is an industrial and agricultural region. Brown coal is mined at Egercsehi, and lignite is extracted at Rózsaszentmárton and at Mount Gyöngyös (the settlement of Visonta). Complex ores are mined at Recsk and Gyöngyöroszi in the Mátra Mountains. Railroad equipment is manufactured at Gyöngyös, and flour, sugar, tobacco, and canned fruits and vegetables are produced in various cities.

Approximately 50 percent of the land is cultivated, and more than 25 percent is covered with forests, chiefly oak and beech. Crops include wheat, maize, barley, oats, and potatoes. The most important commercial crops are sugar beets and tobacco. The vineyards on the southern slopes of the Mátra and Bükk mountains are known for their Eger and Gyöngyös wines. Cattle are bred, and sheep are raised in the mountains.

Balneological health resorts are found in the mountains.

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Two hours afterwards, the other vessels had overtaken the flagship, and the three, not venturing perhaps to enter the narrow entrance of the harbor, cast anchor between Havre and La Heve.
Contract notice: Expansion and implementation of the reconstruction work on the construction of any building in common use in eger, heves county court and attorney general~s office.
Within the framework of a contract for the project entitled solid waste management system to further develop the heves county regional waste management association of the field (keop-1.
Contract notice: Required to be obtained under the delivery contract project for solid waste management system is a further development of heves county regional waste management association of the field "(keop-1.