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Berbeşti is located in Romania
Location of Berbeşti
Coordinates: 44°59′17.46″N 23°52′5.59″E / 44.9881833°N 23.8682194°E / 44.9881833; 23.8682194
Country  Romania
County Vâlcea County
Status Town
 • Mayor Vintilă Chelcea[1] (National Liberal Party)
 • Total 54.34 km2 (20.98 sq mi)
Population (estimated January 1, 2009[2])
 • Total 5,635
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
2002 5,704 —    
2011 4,591 −19.5%
Source: Census data

Berbeşti is a town located in Vâlcea County, Romania, about 78 km south-west from Râmnicu Vâlcea, in the historical region of Oltenia. It was granted town status by law in October 2003.[3] As of January 2009, it has a population of 5,635.

The town administers five villages: Dămţeni, Dealu Aluniş, Roşioara, Târgu Gânguleşti and Valea Mare.

Geography and climate[edit]

Set on the lower course of the Tărâia River, a tributary of Olteţ River, Berbeşti is crossed by the 45th parallel north.

Berbeşti is bordered by Mateești commune to the north, Sineşti commune to the south, Alunu to the west and Copăceni to the east.


The main economic activity is coal mining that began in the 1970s. Following the economic reforms in the late 1990s, Berbeşti saw an economic downturn similar to most of the mono-industrial towns in Romania.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Primăria Berbeşti" (in Romanian). Ghidul primăriilor. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Estimated Population as of January 1, 2009" (in Romanian). INSSE. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Law no 410/2003" (PDF) (in Romanian). Law no 410/2003. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Berbeşti, the ghost town" (in Romanian)., published January 29, 2009. Archived from the original on July 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Berbeşti, anti-orasul" (in Romanian).,, published April 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 

Coordinates: 44°59′17″N 23°52′06″E / 44.988183°N 23.868220°E / 44.988183; 23.868220