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Wałbrzych

Wałbrzych (välˈbzhĭkh), Ger. Waldenburg, city (1992 est. pop. 141,300), Dolnośląskie prov., SW Poland. Coal mining, chemical production, metallurgy, and textile milling are the chief economic activity. The city's importance dates from the 19th-century industrialization of the Lower Silesian coal basin. Wałbrzych sustained great damage during World War II, after which it passed from Germany to Poland.
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Walbrzych

 

a city in southwestern Poland. Located in Wroclaw Województwo (province), in the Sudeten Mountains. Population, 126,000 (1968). Railroad junction.

Walbrzych is the center of the Walbrzych (Lower Silesian) Coal Basin; it is the oldest in Europe, and coal has been mined there since the 14th century. Coking coal is also extracted, and the production of coke amounts to approximately 2 million tons per year. Walbrzych has a thermal electric power plant and heavy machine building (mining equipment), sulfuric-acid, glass, and porcelain-pottery industries. The mountain health resort of Szczawno-Zdrój is located near Walbrzych.

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Wałbrzych

an industrial city in SW Poland. Pop.: 176 000 (2005 est.)
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