Vaslui County (Romanian pronunciation: [vasˈluj]) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historical region Western Moldavia, with the seat at Vaslui.
|Coordinates: 46°35′N 27°46′E / 46.59°N 27.77°ECoordinates: 46°35′N 27°46′E / 46.59°N 27.77°E|
|• Total||5,318 km2 (2,053 sq mi)|
|• Density||74/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Telephone code||(+40) 235 or (+40) 335|
|ISO 3166 code||RO-VS|
|GDP (nominal)||US$ 1.572 billion (2015)|
|GDP per capita||US$ 3,975 (2015)|
In 2011, it had a population of 395,499 and the population density was 74/km².
- Romanians - over 98%
- Romas, other ethnicities - c. 2%
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.
- Republic of Moldova to the east - Cantemir raion and Cahul raion.
- Neamț County, Bacău County and Vrancea County to the west.
- Iași County to the north.
- Galați County to the south.
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;
- food stuffs;
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. 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:
|Party||Seats||Current County Council|
|National Liberal Party (PNL)||15|
|Social Democratic Party (PSD)||14|
|Save Romania Union (USR)||3|
|PRO Romania (PRO)||2|
Vaslui County has 3 municipalities, 2 towns and 81 communes
- Alexandru Vlahuță
- Dimitrie Cantemir
- Lunca Banului
- Muntenii de Jos
- Muntenii de Sus
- Ștefan cel Mare
|Capital city (Reședință de județ)||Vaslui|
|• Total||2,260 km2 (870 sq mi)|
|• Density||62/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+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.
The county was originally divided administratively into four districts (plăși):
Subsequently, the territory of the county was reorganized, being divided into three different districts:
- Plasa Movila lui Burcel, headquartered at Codăești
- Plasa Peneș Curcanul, headquartered at Pungești
- 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.
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.
- ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 2009-08-16 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002"
- ^ "Itinerarii cultural religioase". Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
- ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Vaslui
- Vaslui-Turism.ro - Official tourism website from the Vaslui County Council