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

Vaslui County
Județul Vaslui
County
Coat of arms of Vaslui County
Coat of arms
Administrative map of Romania with Vaslui county highlighted
Coordinates: 46°35′N 27°46′E / 46.59°N 27.77°E / 46.59; 27.77Coordinates: 46°35′N 27°46′E / 46.59°N 27.77°E / 46.59; 27.77
Country Romania
Development region Nord-Est
Historical region Moldavia
Capital Vaslui
Area
 • Total 5,318 km2 (2,053 sq mi)
Area rank 27th
Population (2011)
 • Total 395,499
 • Rank 24th
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Telephone code (+40) 235 or (+40) 335[1]
ISO 3166 code RO-VS
Website County Council
Prefecture

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DemographicsEdit

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

Year County population[3]
1948 344,917
1956   401,626
1966   431,555
1977   437,251
1992   457,799
2002   455,049
2011   395,499

GeographyEdit

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.

NeighboursEdit

PeopleEdit

EconomyEdit

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.

TourismEdit

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 the Republic of Moldova, and the European Union (through the Phare program), have set up a program which seeks to promote tourism in these regions.[4] 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.

PoliticsEdit

The Vaslui County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 33 counselors, with the following party composition:[5]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party 20                                        
  National Liberal Party 10                                        
  Alliance of Liberals and Democrats 3                                        

Administrative divisionsEdit

Historical countyEdit

Județul Vaslui
County (Județ)
 
The Vaslui County court building from the interwar period, later functioned as Vaslui city hall.
 
Coat of arms
 
Country   Romania
Historic region Moldavia
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Vaslui
Area
 • Total 2,260 km2 (870 sq mi)
Population (1930)
 • Total 139,503
 • 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.

AdministrationEdit

 
Map of Vaslui County as constituted in 1938.

The county was originally divided administratively into four districts (plăṣi):[6]

  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

PopulationEdit

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 populationEdit

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.

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. ^ Itinerarii cultural religioase
  5. ^ "Mandate de CJ pe judete si competitori" (in Romanian). Biroul Electoral Central. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Vaslui

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