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Reformed church in Beclean
Reformed church in Beclean
Coat of arms of Beclean
Coat of arms
Location of Beclean
Location of Beclean
Coordinates: 47°10′47″N 24°10′47″E / 47.17972°N 24.17972°E / 47.17972; 24.17972Coordinates: 47°10′47″N 24°10′47″E / 47.17972°N 24.17972°E / 47.17972; 24.17972
Country  Romania
County Bistrița-Năsăud County
Status Town
 • Mayor Nicolae Moldovan (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total 59.57 km2 (23.00 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 10,628
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Beclean (Romanian pronunciation: [beˈkle̯an] (About this sound listen); Hungarian and German: Bethlen) is a town in Bistrița-Năsăud County, in north-eastern Transylvania, Romania. It had 10,628 inhabitants at the 2011 census. 81.6% of these were Romanians, 14.2% Hungarians and 3.7% Roma.

The town administers three villages: Coldău (Goldau; Várkudu), Figa (Füge) and Rusu de Jos (Alsóoroszfalu). It is the site of an important railway junction (the station is called Beclean pe Someș), where secondary routes to Sighetu Marmației and Suceava diverge from the main railway line from Brașov to Satu Mare.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1930 3,334 —    
1977 6,957 +108.7%
1992 11,606 +66.8%
2002 12,033 +3.7%
2011 10,628 −11.7%
Source: Census data

The town of Beclean is also the ancestral seat of the Hungarian Bethlen family.