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Debrecen lies in the north-eastern part of the Great Hungarian Plain, 220 kms east of Budapest. It is the administrative, economic, educational, scientific and cultural centre of Eastern Hungary and the capital of Hajdú-Bihar county. It has a population of about 205 000, second only to the country's capital. For centuries Debrecen was known as the "Calvinist Rome", since Catholics and members of other churches were not allowed to settle within the city walls. Due to its sister cities and partnership relations Debrecen has made its name known on three continents.