Biharia

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Biharia
Bihar
Commune
Coat of arms of Biharia
Coat of arms
Biharia is located in Romania
Biharia
Biharia
Location within Romania
Coordinates: 47°9′13″N 21°55′18″E / 47.15361°N 21.92167°E / 47.15361; 21.92167
Country  Romania
County Actual Bihor county CoA.png Bihor County
Commune Biharia
Historic region Transylvania
Government
 • Mayor Nagy Gizella (since 2008) (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania)
Area 58,50 km2 (2,260 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1] 4,205
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Website www.comunabiharia.ro

Biharia (Hungarian: Bihar) is a commune in Bihor County, northwestern Romania. It is composed of two villages, Biharia and Cauaceu (Hegyközkovácsi). In 2011 it had 4,205 inhabitants, of whom 85.87% were Hungarians, 12.12% Romanians and 1.73% Roma.[2]

History[edit]

The village is first mentioned in 1067 as Byhoriensis, later as Bychor in 1213, as Bihar in 1332, and again, in 1349 as Byhor. It has a complex political history with periods of the Kingdom of Hungary, Eastern Hungarian Kingdom and the Principality of Transylvania. After the break-up of Austria-Hungary, in 1920, the commune became part of the Kingdom of Romania. In 1940, as a result of the Second Vienna Award it was returned to Hungary. Since the end of the World War II it has been part of the Romanian state.

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Coordinates: 47°09′13″N 21°55′18″E / 47.15361°N 21.92167°E / 47.15361; 21.92167

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