Brăila County

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Brăila County
Județul Brăila
County
Coat of arms of Brăila County
Coat of arms
Braila in Romania.svg
Coordinates: 45°07′N 27°41′E / 45.11°N 27.68°E / 45.11; 27.68Coordinates: 45°07′N 27°41′E / 45.11°N 27.68°E / 45.11; 27.68
Country  Romania
Development region1 Sud-Est
Historic region Muntenia
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Brăila
Government
 • Type County Board
 • Prefect2 Mihaela Marcu
Area
 • Total 4,766 km2 (1,840 sq mi)
Area rank 32nd in Romania
Population (2011)
 • Total 304,925
 • Rank 30th in Romania
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 81wxyz3
Area code(s) +40 x394
Car Plates BR5
GDP US$ 2.72 billion (2008)
GDP/capita US$ 7,286 (2008)
Website County Board
County Prefecture
1The developing regions of Romania have no administrative role. They were formed just to attract funds from the European Union
2 as of 2007, the Prefect is not a politician, but a public functionary. He (or she) is not allowed to be a member of a political party, and is banned to have any political activity in the first six months after the resignation (or exclusion) from the public functionary corps
3w, x, y, and z are digits that indicate the city, the street, part of the street, or even the building of the address
4x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
5used on both the plates of the vehicles that operate only in the county limits (like utility vehicles, ATVs, etc.), and the ones used outside the county

Brăila (Romanian pronunciation: [brəˈila]) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in Muntenia, with the capital city at Brăila.

Demographics[edit]

In 2011, Brăila had a population of 304,925 and the population density was 64/km².[1]

Year County population[3]
1948 271,251
1956 297,276
1966 339,954
1977 377,954
1992 392,069
2002 373,174
2011 304,925

Geography[edit]

This county has a total area of 4,766 km².

All the county lies on a flat plane: the Bărăgan Plain, one of the best areas for growing cereals in Romania.

On the east side there is the Danube, which forms an island – The Great Brăila Island surrounded by the Măcin channel, Cremenea channel and Vâlciu channel. On the northern side there is the Siret River and on the north-western side there is the Buzău River.

Neighbours[edit]

Economy[edit]

The agriculture is the main occupation in the county. Industry is almost entirely concentrated in the city of Brăila.

The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Food industry.
  • Textile industry.
  • Mechanical components industry.

In Brăila there is an important harbour, once the biggest cereal harbour in Romania.

Tourism[edit]

DN21, a road in Romania, in Brăila County

The main tourist destinantions are:

Politics[edit]

The Brăila County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 33 counselors, with the following party composition:[4]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party 14                            
  National Liberal Party 12                            
  Alliance of Liberals and Democrats 2                            
  People's Movement Party 2                            
  National Democratic Party 2                            
  Independent 1                            

Administrative divisions[edit]

Brăila
City hall in Ianca, the second largest urban locality in Brăila County

Brăila County has 1 municipality, 3 towns and 40 communes

References[edit]

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