Maramureș County

Maramureș County (Romanian pronunciation: [maraˈmureʃ] (listen)) is a county (județ) in Romania, in the Maramureș region. The county seat is Baia Mare.

Maramureș County
Județul Maramureș
Coat of arms of Maramureș County
Administrative map of Romania with Maramureș county highlighted
Development regionNord-Vest
Historical regionMaramureș
CapitalBaia Mare
 • Total6,304 km2 (2,434 sq mi)
 • Rank15th
 • Total516,562
 • Rank17th
 • Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Telephone code(+40) 262 or (+40) 362[2]
ISO 3166 codeRO-MM
GDP (nominal)US$ 3.018 billion (2015)
GDP per capitaUS$ 5,844 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Council
Văleni, overlooking Valea Izei


In Hungarian it is known as Máramaros megye, in Ukrainian as Мараморо́щина, and in German as Kreis Marmarosch.


The historical city centre of Baia Mare (German: Frauenbach), the largest municipality and the county seat.

In 2011, the county had a population of 461,290 and a population density of 73.17 inhabitants per square kilometre (189.5/sq mi).

In 1910, 18.4% of the county were Jewish.

Year County population[4]
1948 321,287  
1956 367,114  
1966 427,645  
1977 492,860  
1992 538,534  
2002 510,110  
2011 461,290  
2022 TBD


Maramureș County is situated in the northern part of Romania, and has a border with Ukraine. This county has a total area of 6,304 square kilometres (2,434 sq mi), of which 43% is covered by the Rodna Mountains, with its tallest peak, Pietrosul, at 2,303 metres (7,556 ft) altitude. Together with Gutâi and Țibleș mountain ranges, the Rodna mountains are part of the Eastern Carpathians. The rest of the county are hills, plateaus, and valleys. The county is crossed by Tisa River and its main tributaries: Iza, Vișeu, and Mara rivers.



Maramureș is known for its pastoral and agricultural traditions, largely unscathed by the industrialisation campaign that had been carried on during Romania's communist period. Ploughing, planting, harvesting, and hay making and handling are mostly done through manual labour. The county is also home to a strong mining industry of extraction of metals other than iron. The industrial plants built around Baia Mare during the communist period heavily polluted the area in the past, but recently, due to the decline of the city's industrial activity, the area is less polluted.


Typical Wooden Church in Maramureș

The region is known for its beautiful rural scenery, local small woodwork and craftwork industry as well as for its churches and original rural architecture. There are not many paved roads in rural areas, and most of them are usually accessible.

The county's main tourist attractions:


The Maramureș County Council, elected at the 2020 local elections, consists of 34 councillors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 13                          
  Coalition for Maramureș (PSD) 10                          
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 5                          
  PRO Romania (PRO) 3                          
  Save Romania Union (USR) 3                          

Administrative divisionsEdit

Sighetu Marmației
Târgu Lăpuș
Vișeu de Sus

Maramureș County has 2 municipalities, 11 towns and 63 communes.

Historical countyEdit

Județul Maramureș
County (Județ)
The Maramureș County Prefect's building from the interwar period.
Country  Romania
Historic regionMaramureș
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Sighet
 • Total3,381 km2 (1,305 sq mi)
 • Total194,619
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


  • In 1199, the region is first attested.
  • In 1241 the Tatar invasion decimated about half of the local population.
  • In the 14th century Duke (knyaz) Bogdan of Maramureș said to be founder of Moldavia. That century it is reorganized to [[Máramaros County]]
  • In the Middle Ages, the historical region of Máramaros (Maramureș) was known for its salt mines and later for its lumber.

In 1920 after the Treaty of Trianon, the northern part of the county became part of newly formed Czechoslovakia. The southern part (including Sighetu Marmației) became part of the Kingdom of Romania.

After the administrative unification law in 1925, the county remained as it was, with an identical name and territory.

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. Maramureș County became part of Ținutul Crișuri.

In 1940 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, re-establishing the county. Romanian jurisdiction over the 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.


Map of Maramureș County as constituted in 1938.

In 1930, the county was originally divided into three districts (plăși):[6]

  1. Plasa Iza
  2. Plasa Sighet (headquartered at Sighet)
  3. Plasa Vișeu (headquartered at Vișeu de Sus)

Subsequently, the Iza and Sighet districts were reorganized into three districts, adding one:

  1. Plasa Şugatag (headquartered at Ocna Şugatag)


According to the 1930 census, the county's population was 194,619, 57.9% Romanian, 20.9% Jews, 11.9% Ruthenians (including Ukrainians), 6.9% Hungarians, 2.0% Germans, as well as other minorities.[7] The following composition was recorded from the religious point of view: 64.4% Greek Catholic, 21.0% Jewish, 6.4% Roman Catholic, 5.3% Eastern Orthodox, 1.8% Reformed, as well as other minorities.[7]

Urban populationEdit

In 1930 the county's urban population ethnically consisted of 38.6% Jews, 35.4% Romanians, 19.9% Hungarians, 4.5% Ruthenians (including Ukrainians), as well as other minorities. Yiddish was spoken by 36.6% of the urban population, followed by Romanian (33.7%), Hungarian (25.7%), Ukrainian (2.3%), as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the urban inhabitants were Jewish (38.9%), Greek Catholics (38.0%), Roman Catholics (12.8%), Reformed (5.7%), Eastern Orthodox (3.5%), as well as other minorities.[7]


Natives of the county include:

External LinksEdit


  1. ^ INSSE Statistic Archived 2010-08-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 2009-08-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002" Archived 2006-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  6. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Maramureș
  7. ^ a b c Recensământul general al populației României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 276-277

Coordinates: 47°40′22″N 24°00′18″E / 47.67278°N 24.00500°E / 47.67278; 24.00500