|• Mayor||Alexandru Stoica (USL), since 2012|
|• Total||132.87 km2 (51.30 sq mi)|
|Population (2002 census)|
|• Density||396.70/km2 (1,027.4/sq mi)|
|• 2006 est.||53,000|
|Sister cities: Silistra, Veles|
The city was founded on the site of a village by the name "poor". During the Tatar invasion, it was attacked and conquered. In order to keep the villagers in the settlement, the rulers of Wallachia withdrew some taxes. This explains the city's name, which comes from the Romanian word of Old Bulgarian origin "ѕlobozie", which means "free village from taxes."
Slobozia lies roughly in the middle of the county, on the banks of Ialomita River, at ca. 120 km (75 mi) east of Bucharest and 150 km (93 mi) west of Constanţa, important port at the Black Sea. The City is within 17 km (11 mi) of the Bucharest-Constanta A2 Motorway (Autostrada Soarelui).
The total area of the municipality is 132.87 km2 (32,830 acres), of which 119.87 km2 (29,620 acres) outside city limits and 13 km2 (3,200 acres) in the city. In the present administrative form, Slobozia consists of Slobozia proper and the neighbourhoods of Bora and Slobozia Nouǎ.
The main activity in the area is agriculture, processing of the agricultural products and light industry.
In 1990 the Cultural Centre was inaugurated, bearing the name of the conductor and composer Ionel Perlea, a city native. The building houses exhibition and performance rooms, bookstores, cultural institutions. In 1999 the Cultural Centre Ionel Perlea entered the UNESCO circuit.
Its name is from Romanian "slobozie", which meant a recently colonized village which was free of taxation. The word itself comes from the Slavic word "slobod" which means "free". As it is located in the middle of flat land (Bărăgan Plain), it was very vulnerable to Tatar and Ottoman incursions. To encourage peasants to settle there, they were exempted from some taxes, hence the name.
The main tourist attraction consists of the nearby Lake Amara - 5 km (3 mi) away. Amara Resort is also a balneoclimateric resort. Access to Amara is by minibuses that leave every 15 minutes from the Slobozia Train Station. As part of a private tourist complex, there is a small copy of the Eiffel Tower 54 m (177 ft) high.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Slobozia is twinned with:
- Cornel Cernea Goalkeeper with FC Victoria Brăneşti
- Mircea Dinescu Journalist and political satirist
- Petru Filip Member of the Senate of Romania
- Adrian Mihalcea National football player
- Mihai Ungheanu (1939–2009) Journalist and national politician.
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- Slobozia City Hall Official Site (Romanian)