Location of Jibou
|• Mayor||Eugen Bălănean (Social Democratic Party)|
|• Total||64.66 km2 (24.97 sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Jibou is 20 km by road northwest of Zalău, close to the Someş River. Its major attractions are the old Wesselényi palace, Botanical Gardens and spa baths. The town administers four villages: Cuceu (Kucsó), Husia (Hosszúújfalu), Rona (Szilágyróna) and Var (Szamosőrmező).
The settlement is first mentioned in 1219 by the name villa Chybur, and later it appears by the name Zybo in 1460, opidum Sibo in 1564, Zsibou in 1750, and Jibau in 1854. The other localities belonging to Jibou: Rona was first mentioned in 1338, Cuceu in 1388, Husia in 1405 and Var was first mentioned in 1469. The wooden church "Sfintii Apostoli" from Var was built in the 13th century. Jibou played an important role especially in the period of the Kuruc uprising (Battle of Zsibó). The Wesselényi family whose members built a baroque castle had an important role in the history of the town. At the end of the 19th century, Samson Pop (nicknamed Coleră) from Rona, served as a model for the image of the serf from the Wesselényi Monument.
|Source: Census data|
According to 2004 demographic situation, there were 11,658 citizens living within the city.
|Town of Jibou||13,332||100%|
Over time, Jibou preserved its agricultural and craft character. If before 1968 it has a single industrial unit, "Red Star" (Romanian: "Steaua Roşie", Hungarian: "Vörös Csillagot"), that produced joinery articles, in later years were built and expanded: the Flax Plant, the Clothing Firm, the Flax Smelter, the Dairy, the Mining Company, the CFR Depot, the departments of the Firm of Iron and Steel Industrial Fittings Zalău, Ceramics Zalău, Forest Unit of Exploitation and Transport, the handicraft cooperatives the Craftsmen Collective and the Progress etc.
- Ștefan Birtalan – handball player, World champion
- Miklós Wesselényi – nobleman, politician. A statue of Wesselényi located in the Reformed church's yard was unveiled in 2004.
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- Jibou's Botanical Garden
- Jibou's high school