Galați County

Galați (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡaˈlat͡sʲ] (listen)) is a county (județ) of Romania, in Moldavia region, with the capital city at Galați.

Galați County
Județul Galați
Galati in Romania.svg
Coordinates: 45°47′N 27°47′E / 45.79°N 27.78°E / 45.79; 27.78Coordinates: 45°47′N 27°47′E / 45.79°N 27.78°E / 45.79; 27.78
Country Romania
Development region1Sud-Est
Historic regionMoldavia
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Galați
 • TypeCounty Board
 • President of the County BoardCostel Fotea
 • Prefect2Gabriel-Ioan Avrămescu
 • Total4,466 km2 (1,724 sq mi)
 • Rank34th in Romania
 (2011 census[1])
 • Total536,167
 • Rank14th in Romania
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code+40 x364
ISO 3166 codeRO-GL
Car PlatesGL5
GDPUS$3.15 billion (2015)
GDP per capitaUS$5,874 (2015)
WebsiteCounty 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


Historically Galați is part of Moldavia. In 1858, it was represented by Alexandru Ioan Cuza at the ad hoc Divan at Iași, in the wake of the Crimean War. Prior to 1938 what is now eastern Galați was the separate Covurlui County (Județul Covurlui). From 1938 to 1945 Galați was part of Ținutul Dunării (Megacounty Dunării).

2010 Romanian floodsEdit

During July 2010, the River Siret threatened to break through the dykes protecting the town of Șendreni, as locals and emergency services reinforced the dykes with sandbags trucks full of earth to prevent the river breaking out and flooding the town.[2]


In 2011, it had a population of 536,167 and the population density was 120/km2.

Year County population[1][4]
1948 341,797  
1956 396,138  
1966 474,279  
1977 581,561  
1992 639,853  
2002 619,556  
2011 536,167  
2022 TBD


This county has a total area of 4,466 km2.

The county lies on a low plain, between the Prut River in the East, the Siret River in the West and South-West. They both flow into the Danube which forms the border with Tulcea County in the South-East.



Due to the relief, the majority of the population in the rural areas work in agriculture. Fishing is another profitable occupation along the Danube and the Siret River. Galați is Romania's second harbour after Constanța, the navigable channel on the Danube allowing the passage of large ships. In Galați there exist the biggest metallurgical complex in Romania – the Mittal-Sidex Complex. Also the second biggest shipyard can be found also at Galați allowing ships up to 55,000 tdw to be built.

The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Metallurgy – 55% of Romania's steel production.
  • Food industry.
  • Textile industry.
  • Ship building industry.

The county of Galați is also an important transport hub.


The main tourist destinations are:

  • The larger town of Galați;
  • Lake Brateș;
  • The small town of Tecuci.


The Galați County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 34 counsellors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 17                                  
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 14                                  
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 3                                  

Administrative divisionsEdit


Galați County has 2 municipalities, 2 towns and 61 communes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population at 20 October 2011" (in Romanian). INSSE. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Romania floods kill 21- Hindustan Times". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 16 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  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. ^ "Final results of the 2020 Romanian local elections" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2 November 2020.

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