Timiș County

Timiș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈtimiʃ]) is a county (județ) of western Romania on the border with Hungary and Serbia, in the historical region Banat, with the county seat at Timișoara. It is the westernmost and the largest county in Romania in terms of land area. The county is also part of the Danube–Criș–Mureș–Tisa Euroregion.

Timiș County

Județul Timiș
Coat of arms of Timiș County
Coat of arms
Timiș county, territorial location
Timiș county, territorial location
Coordinates: 45°47′N 21°21′E / 45.78°N 21.35°E / 45.78; 21.35
Country Romania
Development regionVest
Historical regionBanat
County seatTimișoara
 • TypeCounty Council
 • President of the County CouncilCălin Dobra (PSD)
 • PrefectLiliana Oneț [1]
 • Total8,697 km2 (3,358 sq mi)
Area rank1st
 (2011 census[2])
 • Total683,540 Increase
 • Rank6th
 • Density78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code(s)(+40) 256 or (+40) 356
ISO 3166 codeRO-TM
Car PlatesTM
GDP (nominal)US$ 11.230 billion (2018) Increase
GDP/capitaUS$ 16,430 (2018)Increase
Economy rank2nd
WebsiteCounty Council
County Prefecture


The name of the county comes from the river Timiș, known in Roman antiquity as river Tibisis or Tibiscus.

In Hungarian, it is known as Temes megye, German as Kreis Temesch, in Serbian as Тамиш / Tamiš, in Ukrainian as Ті́міш, and in Banat Bulgarian as Timiš.


In 2000, the county had a population of 684,506 and the population density was 79/km². According to the 2011 census, the county had a population of 683,540 and the population density was 78/km². The reported ethnic groups were as follows:[3]

Year County population[4]
1948 588,936
1956   568,881
1966   607,596
1977   696,884
1992   700,292
2002   677,926
2011   683,540


This county has a total area of 8,697 km² (3,6% of Romania). It is the largest county in Romania.

In the eastern extremity are the Poiana Ruscă Mountains from the Western Romanian Carpathians group. Elevations decrease to the west, passing through the Lipova Hills to the Western Romanian Plain, the eastern part of the Pannonian Plain.

The county is crossed by many rivers, the most important being the Bega and the Timiș.



Timiș County has one of the most dynamic economies in Romania, being a region with among the highest ratings of foreign investment due to its tradition and its position.

The predominant industries in the county are:


The main tourist attractions in the county are:

There are also a lot of places for hunting and fishing.


The Timiș County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 37 counselors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party 16                                
  National Liberal Party 14                                
  People's Movement Party 5                                
  Alliance of Liberals and Democrats 2                                


Administrative divisionsEdit

Bega at night, in Timișoara

Timiș County has 2 municipalities, 8 towns and 89 communes

  • Municipalities
    • Timișoara - capital city; population: 319,279 (as of 2011)
    • Lugoj - population: 37,321 (as of 2011)
  • Towns
    • Sânnicolau Mare - population: 11,540 (as of 2011)
    • Jimbolia - population: 10.808 (as of 2011)
    • Recaș - population: 7,782 (as of 2011)
    • Făget - population: 6,571 (as of 2011)
    • Buziaș - population: 6,504 (as of 2011)
    • Deta - population: 5,963 (as of 2011)
    • Gătaia - population: 5,449 (as of 2011)
    • Ciacova - population: 5,348 (as of 2011)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ office@werbo.ro, Werbo. "Institutia Prefectului judetul Timis". www.prefecturatimis.ro.
  2. ^ "Population at 20 October 2011" (in Romanian). INSSE. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  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"
  5. ^ "Mandate de CJ pe judete si competitori" (in Romanian). Biroul Electoral Central. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

External linksEdit

Google earth file (kmz) with information about the Timis Bega catchment and the 2005 flood event Download the kmz file