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Skyline of Praid
Location of Praid
Location of Praid
Praid is located in Romania
Location of Praid
Coordinates: 46°33′0″N 25°8′0″E / 46.55000°N 25.13333°E / 46.55000; 25.13333Coordinates: 46°33′0″N 25°8′0″E / 46.55000°N 25.13333°E / 46.55000; 25.13333
Country  Romania
County Harghita County
Status Commune
 • Mayor Sándor Bokor (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania)
 • Total 180.03 km2 (69.51 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 6,846
 • Density 37.97/km2 (98.3/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +40 266

Praid (Hungarian: Parajd, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈpɒrɒjd]; German: Salzberg) is a commune in Harghita County, Romania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania, and is composed of six villages:

In Romanian In Hungarian
Becaş Békástanya
Bucin Bucsin
Ocna de Jos Alsósófalva
Ocna de Sus Felsősófalva
Praid Parajd
Şaşvereş Sásverés


The commune has an absolute Hungarian (Székely) majority. According to the 2002 census it has a population of 6,846 of which 96.91% or 6,635 are Hungarian. The 2002 Census reported 69.36% of the total population belonging to the Protestant Hungarian Reformed Church, while Roman Catholicism is professed by 22.46% of the respondents.[1]


The commune's chief economic activity centers around the salt mine that both provides salt for industrial and attracts over 400,000 tourists every year. The salt mine is also known for its purported healing effect on respiratory and allergic illnesses. Within, there are available amenities such as ping-pong tables, playgrounds for children, a chapel, free gymnastics courses, souvenir shops and an amusement park with rides on rock salt.

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  1. ^ Romanian Census 2002; retrieved on June 25, 2010