Beclean

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This article is about the town in Bistriţa-Năsăud County, Romania. For the commune in Braşov County, see Beclean, Braşov. For the neighbourhood of Odorheiu Secuiesc, see Odorheiu Secuiesc.
Beclean
Town
Reformed church in Beclean
Reformed church in Beclean
Coat of arms of Beclean
Coat of arms
Location of Beclean
Location of Beclean
Coordinates: 47°10′47″N 24°10′47″E / 47.17972°N 24.17972°E / 47.17972; 24.17972Coordinates: 47°10′47″N 24°10′47″E / 47.17972°N 24.17972°E / 47.17972; 24.17972
Country  Romania
County Bistriţa-Năsăud County
Status Town
Government
 • Mayor Nicolae Moldovan (Social Democratic Party)
Area
 • Total 45.36 km2 (17.51 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 10,403
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariabeclean.ro

Beclean (Romanian pronunciation: [beˈkle̯an] ( ); Hungarian and German: Bethlen) is a town in Bistriţa-Năsăud County, in north-eastern Transylvania, Romania. It had 10,403 inhabitants at the 2011 census. 81.6% of these were Romanians, 14.2% Hungarians and 3.7% Roma.

The town administers three villages: Coldău (Goldau; Várkudu), Figa (Füge) and Rusu de Jos (Alsóoroszfalu). It is the site of an important railway junction (the station is called Beclean pe Someş), where secondary routes to Sighetu Marmaţiei and Suceava diverge from the main railway line from Braşov to Satu Mare.

History[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1930 3,334 —    
1977 6,957 +108.7%
1992 11,606 +66.8%
2002 12,033 +3.7%
2011 10,403 −13.5%
Source: Census data

The town of Beclean is also the ancestral seat of the Hungarian Bethlen family.