Caraș-Severin (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkaraʃ seveˈrin] ) is a county (județ) of Romania on the border with Serbia. The majority of its territory lies within the historical region of Banat, with a few northeastern villages considered part of Transylvania. The county seat is Reșița. The Caraș-Severin county is part of the Danube–Criș–Mureș–Tisa Euroregion.

Caraș-Severin County
Județul Caraș-Severin
Coat of arms of Caraș-Severin County
Caraș-Severin county, territorial location
Caraș-Severin county, territorial location
Coordinates: 45°09′N 22°04′E / 45.15°N 22.07°E / 45.15; 22.07
Country Romania
Development region1Vest
Historic regionBanat
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Reșița
 • TypeCounty Board
 • President of the County BoardRomeo-Dan Dunca (PNL)
 • Prefect2Cristian Gâfu (PNL)
 • Total8,514 km2 (3,287 sq mi)
 • Rank3rd in Romania
 • Total246,588
 • Rank32nd in Romania
 • Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code+40 x554
Car PlatesCS5
GDPUS$3.776 billion (2024)
GDP per capitaUS$6,950 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Council
County Prefecture
1The development regions of Romania have no administrative role. They were formed to correspond to NUTS-II level subdivisions of the European Union member states and are the basis for development funding under the cohesion and convergence objectives of the EU's regional policy
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 any political activity in the first six months after 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

Name edit

In Serbo-Croatian, it is known as Karaš Severin/Караш Северин or Karaš-Severinska županija, in Hungarian as Krassó-Szörény megye, in German as Kreis Karasch-Severin, and in Bulgarian as Караш-Северин (translit. Karash-Severin).

Geography edit

With 8,514 km2, it is the third largest county in Romania, after Timiș and Suceava counties. It is also the county through which the river Danube enters Romania.

The mountains make up 67% of the county's surface, including the Southern Carpathians range, with Banat Mountains, Țarcu-Godeanu Mountains and Cernei Mountains and elevations between 600 and 2100 meters. Transition hills between mountains and the Banat Plain lie in the western side of the county.

The Danube enters Romania in the vicinity of Baziaș, bordering Serbia. Timiș, Cerna, Caraș and Nera cross the county, some of them through spectacular valleys and gorges.

Neighbours edit

History and economy edit

In 1718 the county was part of the Habsburg monarchy, part of the province of Banat. In 1771 the county seat, Reschitz (Reșița) became a modern industrial center under Austrian rule. The area received considerable attention due to its mining industry. In 1855, the entire Banat area, with its supplies of mineral deposits and timber, was transferred from the Austrian Treasury to a joint Austrian-French mining and railroad company named StEG. StEG built the Oravița-Baziaș line, Romania's oldest railroad track.

After World War I, StEG, Banat and most Austro-Hungarian property were taken over by a company named UDR. During the last years of World War II, when Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany, a partisan group, led by Ștefan Plavăț, was active in the mountainous area of the county.[2] The arrival of the communist regime in Romania after World War II and that regime's campaign of nationalization of the mining industry brought tremendous social upheaval in the area.

Tourism edit

Archaeological findings show the area has been populated since Paleolithic times. There is a County Museum of History in Reșița, displaying archeological artifacts, and, in the town of Ocna de Fier, the Constantin Gruiescu Mineralogical Collection. The county hosts the regional daffodil and lilac festivals in the Spring. Sites worth visiting:

Demographics edit

According to the 2021 census, the county had a population of 246,588 and the population density was 29.0/km2 (75.0/sq mi).[3]

Ethnic composition of Caraș-Severin County (2021)

  Romanians (91.25%)
  Romani (2.48%)
  Croats (2.13%)
  Serbs (1.59%)
  Ukrainians (0.70%)
  Hungarians (0.66%)
  Germans (Banat Swabians) (0.64%)
  Czechs (0.42%)
  Others (0.13%)
Year County population[4]
1948 302,254
1956   327,787
1966   358,726
1977   385,577
1992   375,794
2002   333,219
2011   274,277
2021   246,588

Politics edit

  • President of the County Council – Romeo-Dan Dunca (National Liberal Party)
  • Vice-presidents of the County Council – Dan Stan and Ovidiu Rădoi (both National Liberal Party)

The Caraș-Severin County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 30 counsellors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 16                                
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 10                                
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 4                                

Administrative divisions edit

Reșița (German: Reschitz)
Caransebeș (German: Karansebesch)
Băile Herculane (German: Herkulesbad)
Bocșa (German: Deutsch-Bokschan/Neuwerk)

Caraș-Severin County has 2 municipalities, 6 towns, and 69 communes

Historic county edit

Județul Caraș-Severin
County (Județ)
The Caraș-Severin prefecture building from the interwar period.
Country  Romania
Historic regionBanat
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Lugoj
Ceased to exist1926
 • Total11,080 km2 (4,280 sq mi)
 • Total424,254
 • Density38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The territory of the county was transferred to the Romania from the Kingdom of Hungary in 1920 under the Treaty of Trianon. The county was located in the southwestern part of Greater Romania, in the south and east region of the Banat. The county seat was Lugoj. Its territory consisted entirely of the current territory of the county, but also parts of the current counties of Timiș, Arad, and Mehedinți. It bordered on the west with Timiș-Torontal County and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, to the south with Yugoslavia, to the east with the counties Mehedinți and Hunedoara, and to the north by Arad County. The county had a total area over 11,000 square kilometres (4,200 sq mi), making it the largest county geographically of interwar Romania. Its territory corresponded to the former Hungarian division of Krassó-Szörény County. The county existed for seven years, being divided in 1926 into Caraș County and Severin County.

Administration edit

The county was divided administratively into fourteen districts (plăși). There were five urban municipalities (cities): Lugoj (capital), Caransebeș, Reșița, Oravița and Orșova.[6][7]

Population edit

According to the census data of 1920, the total population of the county was 424,254 inhabitants. The population density was 38 inhabitants/km2.

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. ^ Covaci, Maria (1969). "Ștefan Plavăț" in Anale de Istorie, Vol. XV, Nr. 4. Institutul de Studii Istorice și Social-Politice de pe lîngă C.C. al P.C.R, Bucharest. p. 145.
  3. ^ "Rezultate definitive: Caracteristici etno-culturale demografice". Retrieved 28 July 2023.
  4. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002" Archived 22 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  6. ^ Portretul României Interbelice – Județul Caraș
  7. ^ Portretul României Interbelice – Județul Severin

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