Călărași (Romanian pronunciation: [kələˈraʃʲ] ) is a county (județ) of Romania on the border with Bulgaria, in Muntenia, with the county seat at Călărași.

Călărași County
Județul Călărași
Landscape in Călărași County
Landscape in Călărași County
Country Romania
Development region1Sud
Historic regionMuntenia
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Călărași
 • TypeCounty Board
 • President of the County BoardVasile Iliuță (PSD)
 • Prefect2George Iacob
 • Total5,088 km2 (1,964 sq mi)
 • Rank28th in Romania
 • Total283,458
 • Rank34th in Romania
 • Density56.02/km2 (145.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code+40 x424
Car PlatesCL5
GDPUS$1.635 billion (2015)
GDP/capitaUS$5,736 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Board
County Prefecture
1The development regions of Romania have no administrative role. They were formed as a way of managing 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 from having any political activity in the first six months after resigning (or being excluded) 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

Demographics edit

In 2011, it had a population of 285,050 and a population density of 56.02/km2.

Year County population[3]
1948 287,722  
1956 318,573  
1966 337,261  
1977 338,807  
1992 338,844  
2002 324,617  
2011 285,050  
2021 283,458  

List of cities by population edit

All the data, except Călărași, is as of 2002.

The other two towns of Călărași county (Lehliu Gară and Fundulea) have a population under 8,000 inhabitants.

Geography edit

This county has an area of 5,088 km2.

The entire area lies in the southern part of the Bărăgan Plain and is crossed by small rivers with deep valleys. On its southern and eastern sides there is the valley of the Danube which, on the eastern side, splits into a number of branches, forming islands, now drained. On the western side, the rivers Argeș and Dâmbovița form a wide valley before flowing into the Danube.

Neighbours edit

Economy edit

Agriculture is the county's main industry, generating about 3% of the entire country's agricultural output.

The county's industries:

  • Metallurgy – there is a big metallurgical plant in Călărași, similar to the one in Galați
  • Food processing
  • Textiles
  • Construction materials

Tourism edit

Tourism in the county is uncommon. There are only 3 hotels in Călărași County. [1] The main tourist destinations:

Politics edit

The Călărași County Council, elected at the 2020 local elections, consists of 30 counsellors, with the following party composition:[4]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 15                              
  PNL-USR PLUS Alliance 13                              
  PRO Romania (PRO) 2                              

Administrative divisions edit


Călărași County has 2 municipalities, 3 towns and 50 communes

References edit

  1. ^ "Populaţia rezidentă după grupa de vârstă, pe județe și municipii, orașe, comune, la 1 decembrie 2021" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  2. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 16 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002" Archived 22 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Rezultate - Recensamant 2011". recensamantromania.ro.

External links edit

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