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Svishtov(svēshtôf`), town (1993 pop. 31,960), N Bulgaria, a port on the Danube River. It is an agricultural center with a significant fishing industry. With a history dating to Roman times, it became, under Turkish rule (15th–19th cent.), an important commercial and military center known as Sistova. The city has a 19th-century cathedral, a university, and an archaeological museum.
a city and port in northern Bulgaria; located on the Danube, in Veliko Turnovo District. Population, 25,000 (1972). Svishtov has a combine for the production of synthetic fibers. The food-processing industry is also important, especially canning, meat-packing, and winemaking. The city has a higher institute of finance and economics.