Olt County

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Olt County
Județul Olt
County
Coat of arms of Olt County
Coat of arms
Administrative map of Romania with Olt county highlighted
Country Romania
Development region Sud-Vest
Historical region Wallachia
Capital Slatina
Area
 • Total 5,498 km2 (2,123 sq mi)
Area rank 22nd
Population (2002)
 • Total 489,274
 • Rank 19th
 • Density 89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Telephone code (+40) 249 or (+40) 349[1]
ISO 3166 code RO-OT
Website County Council
Prefecture

Olt (Romanian pronunciation: [olt]) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historical regions of Oltenia and Muntenia (the regions are separated by the Olt river). The capital city is Slatina.

Demographics[edit]

In 2011, it had a population of 415,530 and the population density was 75.57/km².

Year County population[3]
1948 442,442
1956 Increase 458,982
1966 Increase 476,513
1977 Increase 518,804
1992 Increase 520,966
2002 Decrease 489,274
2011 Decrease 415,530

The county is a mainly rural one, with over 60% of the population living in villages.

Geography[edit]

This county has a total area of 5,498 km².

The county lies in a flat area on the Western part of the Romanian Plain. It is crossed by rivers from North to South, the main one - the Olt River giving the county its name. The Danube forms a wide valley in the South, with lots of ponds and small channels, which are flooded from time to time.

Neighbours[edit]

Economy[edit]

The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Metallurgy - aluminium and aluminium components.
  • Railway equipment.
  • Food and beverages industry.
  • Textile industry.
  • Mechanical components industry.

Agriculture is the main occupation in the county - over 58% of the population having agriculture as their main occupation. Both extensive agriculture, and small scale, vegetables and fruits, are practiced. The area is well suited for irrigations.

Tourism[edit]

The main destinations for tourists are:

Administrative divisions[edit]

Olt County has 2 municipalities, 6 towns and 104 communes:

  • Municipalities

References[edit]

  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"
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°26′00″N 24°22′00″E / 44.4333°N 24.3667°E / 44.4333; 24.3667