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Neamț (Romanian pronunciation: [ne̯amt͡s] (About this sound listen)) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historic region of Moldavia, with the county seat at Piatra Neamț.

Neamț County
Județul Neamț
County
Coat of arms of Neamț County
Coat of arms
Administrative map of Romania with Neamț county highlighted
Coordinates: 46°58′N 26°24′E / 46.97°N 26.4°E / 46.97; 26.4Coordinates: 46°58′N 26°24′E / 46.97°N 26.4°E / 46.97; 26.4
Country Romania
Development region Nord-Est
Historical region Moldavia
Capital Piatra Neamț
Area
 • Total 5,896 km2 (2,276 sq mi)
Area rank 18th
Population (2011)
 • Total 470,766
 • Rank 17th
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Telephone code (+40) 233 or (+40) 333[1]
ISO 3166 code RO-NT
Website County Council
Prefecture

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DemographicsEdit

In 2011, it had a population of 470,766 and a population density of 80/km².

Year County population[3]
1948 357,348
1956   419,949
1966   470,206
1977   532,096
1992   577,619
2002   554,516
2011   470,766

GeographyEdit

 
Bistrița Valley

This county has an area of 5,896 km².

The relief decreases from west to east. In the western part, there are mountains, the Eastern Carpathians, with heights of over 1800m and the impressive peak of Mount Ceahlău. Along the Bicaz River lies the canyon of Cheile Bicazului. Construction of the Bicaz Dam in the 1950s on the Bistrița River led to the formation of the Lake Bicaz (Lake Izvorul Muntelui), Romania's largest artificial lake.[4]

On the western side, the lowest point, at about 160m, is found along Siret River's valley.

NeighboursEdit

EconomyEdit

 
The Bicaz Dam

County's main industries:

  • Chemical industry;
  • Mechanical parts;
  • Textiles;
  • Food stuffs;
  • Construction materials.

One of the greatest dams in Romania, the Bicaz Dam is built along the Bistrița River, forming the Bicaz Lake; the water of the lake is used for electricity production at Bicaz-Stejaru Hydroelectric Power Station.

TourismEdit

 
The church of Văratec Monastery
 
Ceahlău Massif

Neamț county is known as the region with the most monasteries to be found per square kilometer in the world.[citation needed] The monumental church of Neamț Monastery has been a model for Moldavian churches and monasteries. The Moldavian art style, of great originality and stylistic unity, was developed by blending Gothic elements with Byzantine motifs.

The county is host to two of Romania's 9 national parks: Ceahlău Massif and Vânători-Neamț Natural Park

County's main tourist attractions include

PoliticsEdit

The Neamț County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 35 counselors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  PSD-UNPR Electoral Alliance 17                                  
  National Liberal Party 14                                  
  Alliance of Liberals and Democrats 2                                  
  People's Movement Party 2                                  

Administrative divisionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
  2. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 2009-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002"
  4. ^ National Institute of Statistics, Geography, meteorology and environment, 2006
  5. ^ "Mandate de CJ pe judete si competitori" (in Romanian). Biroul Electoral Central. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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