Vaslui County (Romanian pronunciation: [vasˈluj]) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historical region Western Moldavia, with the seat at Vaslui.

Vaslui County
Județul Vaslui
Coat of arms of Vaslui County
Administrative map of Romania with Vaslui county highlighted
Coordinates: 46°35′N 27°46′E / 46.59°N 27.77°E / 46.59; 27.77
Development regionNord-Est
Historical regionMoldavia
 • President of the County BoardDumitru Buzatu [ro] (PSD)
 • PrefectDaniel Onofrei [ro]
 • Total5,318 km2 (2,053 sq mi)
 • Rank27th
 • Total374,700
 • Rank24th
 • Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Telephone code(+40) 235 or (+40) 335[2]
ISO 3166 codeRO-VS
GDP (nominal)US$ 1.572 billion (2015)
GDP per capitaUS$ 3,975 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Council
County Prefecture



In 2011, it had a population of 395,499 and the population density was 74/km2.

Year County population[4]
1948 344,917  
1956 401,626  
1966 431,555  
1977 437,251  
1992 457,799  
2002 455,049  
2011 395,499  
2021 374,700  



This county has an area of 5,318 km2.

The county lies on a plane, being bounded by the Prut River on the east and crossed in its centre by Bârlad River, a tributary of Siret River.







Vaslui County was heavily industrialised during the Communist period and had large industrial complexes that went bankrupt during the 1990s. Today, the county's industry is mainly agricultural one, with other industries concentrated in the main urban areas.

County's main industries:

  • mechanical components;
  • chemicals;
  • food stuffs;
  • textiles.



The main tourist destinations are the cities of Vaslui, Bârlad, and Huși. The Vaslui County Council, the county councils of the Leova and Hîncești districts in Republic of Moldova, and the European Union (through the Phare program), have set up a program which seeks to promote tourism in these regions.[5] The main tourist attractions of the Vaslui-Hîncești-Leova touristic program are, among others, the medieval and early modern churches and monasteries, the Manuc Bei Hunting Palace and the Manuc - Mirzaian Manor Palace (similar to Manuc's Inn in Bucharest) in Hîncești, as well as the region's natural riches.



The Vaslui County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 34 counsellors, with the following party composition:[6]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 15                              
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 14                              
  Save Romania Union (USR) 3                            
  PRO Romania (PRO) 2                              

Administrative divisions

Justice Palace in Vaslui
Statue of Alexandru Ioan Cuza in Bârlad

Vaslui County has 3 municipalities, 2 towns and 81 communes







Historical county

Județul Vaslui
County (Județ)
The Vaslui County court building from the interwar period, later functioned as Vaslui city hall.
Country  Romania
Historic regionMoldavia
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Vaslui
 • Total2,260 km2 (870 sq mi)
 • Total139,503
 • Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The county was located in the central-eastern part of Romania, in the center of the historical region of Moldavia. At present, most of its territory is included in the current Vaslui County borders, smaller parts being included in Iași County and Bacău County. It bordered on the north with the Iași County, to the west with Roman County, to the east with Fălciu County and to the south with the Tutova and Bacău Counties.


Map of Vaslui County as constituted in 1938.

The county was originally divided administratively into four districts (plăși):[7]

  1. Plasa Crasna, headquartered at Crasna
  2. Plasa Racova, headquartered at Racova
  3. Plasa Stemnic

Subsequently, the territory of the county was reorganized, being divided into three different districts:

  1. Plasa Movila lui Burcel, headquartered at Codăești
  2. Plasa Peneș Curcanul, headquartered at Pungești
  3. Plasa Ștefan cel Mare, headquartered at Negrești



According to the 1930 census data, the county population was 139,503 inhabitants, 93.4% Romanians, 3.6% Jews, 2.3% Romanies, as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the population was 95.7% Eastern Orthodox, 3.6% Jewish, 0.2% Roman Catholic, as well as other minorities.

Urban population


In 1930, the county's urban population was 15,310 inhabitants, comprising 72.5% Romanians, 21.4% Jews, 3.0% Romanies, as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the urban population was composed of 76.4% Eastern Orthodox, 21.4% Jewish, 1.1% Roman Catholic, as well as other minorities.


  1. ^ "Populaţia rezidentă după grupa de vârstă, pe județe și municipii, orașe, comune, la 1 decembrie 2021" (XLS). National Institute of Statistics.
  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"
  5. ^ "Itinerarii cultural religioase". Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  6. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  7. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Vaslui