Hiadeľ ( German Hedel or Hödlergrund, Hungarian HEDEL - to 1888 Hjádel ) is a town in central Slovakia with 517 inhabitants (as at 31 December 2011) and belongs to Okres Banská Bystrica, kraj a circle of Banskobystrický.


The municipality is located in the valley of the brook Vážna that belongs to the catchment area of ​​the Hron and forms up to the saddle Hiadeľské saddleback 1099 m nm the boundary between the mountains Starohorské Hills west of the creek and the Low Tatras to the east of it. The nearly 16.6 km ² municipal area is elongated in a north-south direction and the altitude varies from 430 m nm N.M. and 1652 m at the lower end on the mountain Prašivá in the Low Tatras. About 90 % are covered by the mixed and spruce forest. The center is located at an altitude of 490 m nm and is 20 kilometers from Banská Bystrica.


The town was first mentioned in 1424 as Hedel writing, was probably in the second half of the 14th century and belonged to the manor of Castle Liptsch. In the late Middle Ages, there was a silver mine near the village, after the exhaustion of stocks was forestry until the 19th century, the main source of income, supported by agriculture and sheep farming. 1828 were counted 77 houses and 584 inhabitants. Beginning of the 19th century worked at the place an iron ore mine, but often wandered residents to work in the surrounding counties of, eg Gemer and perch.

Until 1918, belonged to the lying in the county Sohl place the Kingdom of Hungary and came after Czechoslovakia or Slovakia today. During the Slovak National Uprising, the partisans were supported by the local population, so that during the reprisals by the army in November 1944 at least 60 people were shot.


According to the 2011 census lived in Hiadeľ 522 inhabitants, of whom 497 Slovaks, Czechs, two and a Jew; a resident had a different ethnic group. 21 inhabitants did not know. 428 residents pleaded with the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church AB 13 citizens, three inhabitants of the Greek Catholic Church, two residents of the United Methodist Church and one population to the Orthodox Church and the Bahaitum; a resident was other denomination. 39 residents were non-denominational and 34 inhabitants, the denomination is not determined.

Results according to the census 2001 (559 inhabitants):

After Ethnicity:

  • 99.28 % Slovaks
  • 0.18% Czechs

After Confession:

  • 91.17 % Roman Catholic
  • 3.22% Evangelical
  • 3.04% no religious affiliation
  • 1.43 % no answer
  • 0.54 % Greek Catholic