Uppony is a small village of 280 inhabitants in Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen, one of the most lagging behind counties of Hungary. The beautiful natural environment of the village is in sharp contrast with its current socio-economic status. The micro-region of Ózd, where Uppony is located, is situated in north-east Hungary and is one of the most disadvantaged and poorest areas in Hungary. The region is mostly characterised by small-size villages. Population is decreasing and ageing, while the unemployment rate is high.

Our main motivation to become a ‘smart village’ is to demonstrate that even marginalised and disadvantaged communities like ours have a ‘way out’ if the right solutions are identified and implemented.

Our goal is to find innovative and inspiring solutions that can help overcoming our challenges and attract both visitors and young inhabitants to Uppony and neighbouring villages. In particular, we would like to build on our rich natural environment, archaeological sites and geological points of interest that offer a lot of potential for tourism and beyond as well as on our local entrepreneurial capacities.

A positive recent development is that young people started to move into the area and some local entrepreneurship started to emerge. We would like to exploit this momentum and to build our solutions on these assets.

We are also looking for smart ways of cooperation with other neighbouring villages to further strengthen our position within the micro-region and beyond.

Village strategy :

Uppony village strategy


Smart Rural Journey

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An abandoned (former wine) cellar hill has been seen as one of the main assets of Uppony’s architectural and cultural heritage. The Smart Rural 21 project has aimed to explore how this neglected cellar row could be revitalised for the benefit of the rural territory and people. Collaboration has been established with the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences (MATE), to work together with university students and professors in the framework of a student idea competition – organised within an integrated course work of their MSc Degree. The MSc students worked on the eight municipalities of the Uppony Mountains in the framework of a complex spatial planning workshop that was held throughout the spring semester, and presented their research results and development proposals at the final event of the students’ idea competition, covering various areas of spatial and rural development, tourism, heritage protection, green infrastructure and greenway planning.


Uppony’s treasures

A short TV broadcast about Uppony – ‘You're Home!’ (aired on 7 December 2018) – presenting treasures around the village, local cultural values, and the row of cellars built in the mid-1800s, and plans for its sustainable regeneration, an activity implemented within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project.

Uppony’s cellar hill

Discover drone footage of Uppony’s cellar hill which is currently under restoration on the basis of cooperation between the village and students from the University of Horticulture involved in landscape planning, who are preparing sketch drawings of the area.

Resources :

Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Uppony (Hungary)
Municipality of Uppony ( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Uppony has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission
Language : English


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