Balș

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Balș
Town
Balș is located in Romania
Balș
Balș
Location of Balș
Coordinates: 44°21′0″N 24°5′58″E / 44.35000°N 24.09944°E / 44.35000; 24.09944Coordinates: 44°21′0″N 24°5′58″E / 44.35000°N 24.09944°E / 44.35000; 24.09944
Country Romania
CountyOlt County
StatusTown
Government
 • MayorMădălin Teodosescu[1] (National Liberal Party)
Area
 • Total41.13 km2 (15.88 sq mi)
Population
(2011)
 • Total18,164
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Websitehttp://www.bals.ro/

Balș (Romanian pronunciation: [balʃ] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in Olt County, Romania. The town administers three villages: Corbeni, Româna and Teiș.

Etymology[edit]

There are three hypotheses about the town's name:

  1. The locality was named after the Balșița brook.
  2. The name comes from the Turkish word "Baliş" (honey) as there is a large apiculture area there.
  3. A boyar named Balș settled here in the 5th or 6th century.

Population[edit]

  • 1864 - 1,700 inhabitants.
  • 1884 - 2,500 inhabitants.
  • 1921 - 5,000 inhabitants.
  • 1938 - 5,300 inhabitants.
  • 1948 - 6,128 inhabitants.
  • 1973 - 11,578 inhabitants.
  • 1992 - 24,560 inhabitants.
  • 2002 - 21,195 inhabitants.

The composition from the last census, sorted by nationality:

* 20,552 Romanians
* 619 Romani
* 27 others

The composition from the last census, sorted by religion:

* 21,043 Eastern Orthodox
* 47 Seventh-Day Adventists
* 36 Baptists
* 19 Pentecostalists
* 8 Roman-Catholics
* 5 Atheists
* 32 other religion

History[edit]

  • 1450 - The estimated date when Balș was established.
  • 1564 - First mention of Balș in a document

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primarul Orașului Balș ("Mayor of Town Balș")" (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 September 2018.