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Coat of arms of Murfatlar
Coat of arms
Murfatlar is located in Romania
Location of Murfatlar
Coordinates: 44°10′25″N 28°24′30″E / 44.17361°N 28.40833°E / 44.17361; 28.40833Coordinates: 44°10′25″N 28°24′30″E / 44.17361°N 28.40833°E / 44.17361; 28.40833
Country Romania
CountyConstanța County
Component villagesSiminoc
 • MayorValentin Saghiu[1] (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total69.25 km2 (26.74 sq mi)
 • TotalDecrease9,634
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Murfatlar (Romanian pronunciation: [murfatˈlar]) is a town in Constanța County, Romania.


The name of the town originates from the Turkish word murvet (meaning "generous man").[3]

Between 1921 and 1965, and from 1975 to 2007, the locality was known as Basarabi. On June 26, 2007 the lower house of Romania's Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, approved a proposal to have the name changed back to Murfatlar,[4] which was also ratified by the Senate and promulgated by the president of Romania on December 20, 2007.[5]


Murfatlar is a port on the Danube–Black Sea Canal and has a population of 11,070. A complex of caves was found carved in the hills nearby, see the Basarabi Cave Complex.

The village of Siminoc (historical name: Turc-Murfat) is administered by the town of Murfatlar. The name of the village comes from the flower Helichrysum arenarium (siminoc in Romanian), which can be found abundantly in the area.[6]

The Murfatlar Vineyard and Basarabi Cave Complex are located nearby.


Historical population
1992 10,742—    
2002 10,857+1.1%
2011 9,634−11.3%
Source: Census data

At the 2011 census, Murfatlar had 8,657 Romanians (89.86%), 547 Tatars (5.68%), 236 Roma (2.45%), 134 Turks (1.39%), 9 Hungarians (0.09%), 3 Aromanians (0.03%), 16 others (0.17%), 32 with undeclared ethnicity (0.33%).


Murfatlar is the birthplace of the former Romanian president, Traian Băsescu.

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  1. ^ "Elected mayors at the 2012 local election" (PDF) (in Romanian). Central Electoral Committee. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Constanța County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 24, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  3. ^ (in Romanian) Murfatlar's History Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008
  4. ^ (in Romanian) România Liberă, Oraşul natal al lui Băsescu nu se mai numeste Basarabi, ci Murfatlar Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine (Băsescu's hometown is no longer called Basarabi, but Murfatlar), June 26, 2007
  5. ^ (in Romanian) Law No. 370/21.12.2007 regarding the name change of town of Basarabi, Constanţa County, into Murfatlar, Chamber of Deputies, accessed June 23, 2008
  6. ^ (in Romanian) Murfatlar's History Archived 2008-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, Murfatlar City Hall, accessed on June 23, 2008

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