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Brașov County (Romanian pronunciation: [braˈʃov] (About this sound listen)) is a county (județ) of Romania, in Transylvania, with the capital city at Brașov. The county incorporates within its boundaries most of the Medieval "lands" (țări) Burzenland and Făgăraș.

Brașov County
Județul Brașov
County
Administrative map
Administrative map
Coat of arms of Brașov County
Coat of arms
Location of Brașov County in Romania
Location of Brașov County in Romania
Coordinates: 45°47′N 25°17′E / 45.79°N 25.28°E / 45.79; 25.28Coordinates: 45°47′N 25°17′E / 45.79°N 25.28°E / 45.79; 25.28
Country  Romania
Development region1 Centru
Historic region Transylvania
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Brașov
Government
 • Type County Board
 • President of the County Board Adrian Veștea (National Liberal Party)
 • Prefect2 Marian Rasaliu
Area
 • Total 5,363 km2 (2,071 sq mi)
Area rank 25th in Romania
Population (2011 census[1])
 • Total 549,217
 • Rank 13th in Romania
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code 50wxyz3
Area code(s) +40 x684
Car Plates BV5
GDP US$ 6.63 billion (2008)
GDP/capita US$ 11,262 (2008)
Website County Board
County Prefecture
1The developing regions of Romania have no administrative role. They were formed just to attract funds from the European Union
2 as of 2007, the Prefect is not a politician, but a public functionary. He (or she) is not allowed to be a member of a political party, and is banned to have any political activity in the first six months after the resignation (or exclusion) from the public functionary corps
3w, x, y, and z are digits that indicate the city, the street, part of the street, or even the building of the address
4x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
5used on both the plates of the vehicles that operate only in the county limits (like utility vehicles, ATVs, etc.), and the ones used outside the county

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NameEdit

In Hungarian, it is known as Brassó megye, and in German as Kreis Kronstadt. Under Kingdom of Hungary, a county with an identical name (Brassó County, Romanian: Comitatul Braşov) was created in 1876, covering a smaller area.

DemographicsEdit

In October 20, 2011, it had a population of 549,217 and the population density was 100/km².[1]

Year County population[1][2]
1948 300,836
1956   373,941
1966   442,692
1977   582,863
1992   642,513
2002   589,028
2011   549,217

Traditionally the Romanian population was concentrated in the West and South-West of the County, the Hungarians are in the East part of the county, and the Germans were in the North and around Brașov city.

GeographyEdit

The county has a total area of 5,363 km².

The South side comprises the Carpathian Mountains (Southern Carpathians and Eastern Carpathians) with Făgăraș Mountains, Bucegi Mountains, Piatra Mare Mountains, Piatra Craiului Mountains and the Postăvarul Massif. In the east side there is the Brașov Depression, and in the west side there is the Olt River valley. Between them there are the Perșani Mountains. The North and West side of the county is crossed by the Olt River.

NeighboursEdit

EconomyEdit

Brașov is one of the most prosperous regions of Romania and has a tradition in industry. During World War II, IAR 80 and towards the end of the war Bf109, fighter aircraft were built in Brașov. During the communist period it was heavily industrialised, and its heritage were some very large industrial complexes. Some of them managed to survive and adapt to the capitalist type market economy, some of them didn't, leaving behind them a high rate of unemployment. Due to new investments, mainly foreign ones, the economy managed to partially recover.[citation needed]

The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Mechanical and automotive industry.
  • Chemical industry.
  • Construction materials.
  • Food industry.

Around Victoria there are big chemical complexes which pollute the region.[citation needed]

TourismEdit

Brașov contains some of the most attractive tourist destinations in Romania.

The main tourist attractions in the county are:

PoliticsEdit

The Brașov County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 35 counselors, with the following party composition:[3]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  National Liberal Party 16                                
  Social Democratic Party 11                                
  Democratic Alliance of Hungarians 3                                
  Ecologist Party 3                                
  Democratic Forum of Germans 2                                

Administrative divisionsEdit

Historical countyEdit

Județul Brașov
County (Județ)
 
The Brașov County Prefecture building of the interwar period, currently the rectory of Transilvania University of Brașov.
 
Coat of arms
 
Country   Romania
Historic region Transylvania
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Brașov
Established 1925
Area
 • Total 2,605 km2 (1,006 sq mi)
Population (1930)
 • Total 167,946
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Historically, the county was located in the central part of Greater Romania, in the southeastern part of Transylvania. Its capital was Brașov. Its territory included the part of the old region of Țara Bârsei. The county's territory was enlarged as a result of the administrative reform of 1925. Its territory covered the eastern part of today's Braşov County, and the south of today's Covasna County.

It was bordered on the west by the counties of Făgăraș and Muscel, to the north by Trei Scaune County, to the east by Buzău County, and to the south by the counties of Prahova and Dâmbovița.

HistoryEdit

Prior to World War I, the territory of the county belonged to Austria-Hungary and was identical with the Brassó County of the Kingdom of Hungary. The territory of Brașov County was transferred to Romania from Hungary as successor state to Austria-Hungary in 1920 under the Treaty of Trianon.

In 1938, King Carol II promulgated a new Constitution, and subsequently he had the administrative division of the Romanian territory changed. 10 ținuturi (approximate translation: "lands") were created (by merging the counties) to be ruled by rezidenți regali (approximate translation: "Royal Residents") - appointed directly by the King - instead of the prefects. Brașov County became part of Ținutul Argeș.

In 1940, part of the county was transferred back to Hungary with the rest of Northern Transylvania under the Second Vienna Award. Beginning in 1944, Romanian forces with Soviet assistance recaptured the ceded territory and reintegrated it into Romania. Romanian jurisdiction over the entire county per the Treaty of Trianon was reaffirmed in the Paris Peace Treaties, 1947. The county was disestablished by the communist government of Romania in 1950, and re-established in 1968 when Romania restored the county administrative system.

AdministrationEdit

 
Map of Brașov County as constituted in 1938.

Until the administrative reform of 1925, Brasov County was divided into three administrative districts (plăṣi), 23 rural communes, and one urban commune (Brașov).

After 1925, the area of the county was similarly divided into three districts:[4]

  1. Plasa Bran, headquartered at Bran
  2. Plasa Buzăul Ardelean, headquartered at Întorsura Buzăului
  3. Plasa Săcele (previously named Plasa Brașov), headquartered at Prejmer

Plasa Bran included the following settlements: Bran, Codlea, Cristian, Fundata, Ghimbav, Hălchiu, Holbav, Măgura, Moieciul de Jos, Moieciul de Sus, Peștera, Poiana Mărului, Predeal, Râșnov, Satu Nou, Simon, Sohodol, Șirnea, Tohanu Nou, Tohanu Vechi, Țânțari, Vlădeni, Vulcan, and Zărnești.

Plasa Buzăul included the following settlements: Barcani, Budila, Dobârlău, Întorsura Buzăului, Mărcuș, Sărămaș, Sita Buzăului, Teliu, and Vama Buzăului.

Plasa Săcele included the following settlements: Apața, Baciu, Bod, Cernatu, Crizbav, Feldioara, Hărman, Măieruș, Prejmer, Purcăreni, Rotbav, Satulung, Sânpetru, Tărlungeni, Turcheș, and Zizin.

EconomyEdit

As a mountain county, agriculture was poorly developed in Brașov. Much of the county's land was covered with potatoes, and orchards were planted in the hilly areas. An important concern was livestock breeding (cattle, pigs).

Such industry as there was in the county was concentrated in the city of Brașov. In 1925, it had production centers in the chemical, metallurgical, construction, food, textile, machine, pharmaceutical and light industries. Surrounding areas excelled in the metallurgy, extractive, construction, food, textile and light industry. The city of Brașov was also the main outlet of the county for local products.

Among the natural richness of the county were Zizin's mineral waters, containing sodium bicarbonate, iron, iodine, and carbonic acid. Lignite was exploited at Prejmer, and bituminous coal at Vulcan and Cristian.

EducationEdit

In 1925, there was a state high school (lyceum) for boys and another one for girls, four religious high schools for boys, a gymnasium, six secondary schools, four commercial schools, a normal school for educators, a school of arts and crafts and a school of state for commercial and industrial apprentices. The number of state primary schools was 19 and the religious was 53 (of which, in Romanian language: 17 Orthodox and 3 Roman Catholic; in German language: 2 Roman Catholic and 18 Lutheran; in Hungarian language: 2 Reformed and 10 Lutheran; and one Jewish school)

PopulationEdit

The census of 1920 reported 101,953 inhabitants (about 68/km²), of which 36,138 were ethnic Romanians, 33,584 Hungarians, 30,281 Germans, 1,560 Jews, and 390 of other nationalities.

According to the census data of 1930, the county's population was 168,125, of which 49.9% were Romanians, 26.6% Hungarians, 19.8% Germans, as well as other minorities.[5] In the religious aspect, the population consisted of 48.8% Eastern Orthodox, 27.8% Lutheran, 9.9% Roman Catholic, 6% Reformed, 2.4% Greek Catholic, 1.7% Jewish, as well as other minorities.[6]

Urban populationEdit

In 1930, the urban population of the county was 59,232, of which 39.3% were Hungarians, 32.7% Romanians, 22.0% Germans, 3.8% Jews, as well as other minorities. As a mother tongue in the urban population, Hungarian was 42.2%, followed by Romanian (32.7%), German (22.4%), Yiddish (0.9%) as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the urban population was made up of 30.0% Eastern Orthodox, 22.3% Roman Catholic, 22.0% Evangelical (Lutheran), 13.9% Reformed (Calvinist), 4.4% Jewish, 3.5% Greek Catholic, 3.2% Unitarian, as well as other minorities.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Population at 20 October 2011" (in Romanian). INSSE. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992, 2002" Archived September 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Mandate de CJ pe judete si competitori" (in Romanian). Biroul Electoral Central. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  4. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Brașov
  5. ^ Recensământul general al populației României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 84-85
  6. ^ Recensământul general al populației României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 563

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