Bistrița-Năsăud County

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Bistrița-Năsăud County
Județul Bistrița-Năsăud
County
Colibița Lake, Bistrița-Năsăud County
Colibița Lake, Bistrița-Năsăud County
Coat of arms of Bistrița-Năsăud County
Coat of arms
Location of Bistrița-Năsăud County in Romania
Location of Bistrița-Năsăud County in Romania
Country  Romania
Development region1 Nord-Vest
Historic region Transylvania
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Bistrița
Government
 • Type County Board
 • President of the County Council Liviu Rusu
 • Prefect2 Ioan Țintean
Area
 • Total 5,355 km2 (2,068 sq mi)
Area rank 26th in Romania
Population (2011)
 • Total 277,861
 • Rank 35th in Romania
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 42wxyz3
Area code(s) +40 x634
Car Plates BN5
GDP US$ 2.31 billion (2008)
GDP/capita US$ 7,391 (2008)
Website County Council
County Prefecture
1The developing regions of Romania have no administrative role, but were formed in order to manage funds from the European Union
2 as of 2007, the Prefect is not a politician, but a public functionary. He (or she) is not allowed to be a member of a political party, and is banned from having any political activity in the first six months after resigning (or being excluded) from the public functionaries' corps.
3w, x, y, and z are digits that indicate the city, the street, part of the street, or even the building of the address
4x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
5used on both the plates of the vehicles that operate only in the county limits (like utility vehicles, ATVs, etc.), and the ones used outside the county

Bistrița-Năsăud (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈbistrit͡sa nəsəˈud] ( )) is a county (județ) of Romania, in Transylvania, with the capital city at Bistrița.

Name[edit]

In Hungarian, it is known as Beszterce-Naszód megye, and in German as Kreis Bistritz-Nassod. During Austro-Hungarian administration, from 1876 to 1918, there was a county with similar name (see: Beszterce-Naszód County).

Demographics[edit]

In October 31, 2011, it had a population of 277,861 and the population density was 51/km².[1]

83.1% of inhabitants were Romanian Orthodox, 6.3% Pentecostal, 4.6% Reformed, 2.3% Greek-Catholic, 1.2% Roman Catholic, 0.8% Baptist, 0.7% belonged to "another religion", 0.5% Seventh-day Adventist and 0.5% other or none.

Year County population[2]
1948 233,650
1956 255,789
1966 269,954
1977 286,628
1992 327,238
2002 311,657
2011 277,861

Geography[edit]

The county has a total area of 5,355 km². One third of this surface represents the mountains from the Eastern Carpathians group: the Țibleș, Rodna, Suhard, Bârgău and Călimani Mountains. The rest of the surface represents the North-East side of the Transylvanian Plateau.

The main river crossing the county is the Someșul Mare River River. On the Bistrița River there is a big dam and a lake.

Neighbours[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Bistriţa-Năsăud County has 1 municipality, 3 towns and 58 communes.

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 47°08′20″N 24°30′01″E / 47.1389°N 24.5003°E / 47.1389; 24.5003