Biharia

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For the village in Alba County, see Gârda de Sus.
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 (2002)[1] 5,870
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
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 2002 it had 5,870 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 Ottoman rule, periods of Habsburg Monarchy, Principality of Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary and Kingdom of Romania. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, it became part of the Kingdom of Hungary within Austria-Hungary.

After break-up of Austria-Hungary in 1918/1920, the commune became part of Romania. As a result of the Second Vienna Award it returned to Hungary between 1940 and 1944. Since then it has been part of Romania.

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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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