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Skyline of Chișineu-Criș
Chișineu-Criș is located in Romania
Location of Chișineu-Criș
Coordinates: 46°31′21″N 21°30′57″E / 46.52250°N 21.51583°E / 46.52250; 21.51583Coordinates: 46°31′21″N 21°30′57″E / 46.52250°N 21.51583°E / 46.52250; 21.51583
Country  Romania
County Arad County
Status Town
 • Mayor Gheorghe Burdan (Social Democratic Party)
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,577
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb

Chișineu-Criș (Hungarian: Kisjenő) is a town in Arad County, western Transylvania, Romania.


The town is situated on the north-western side of the county, at a 43 km (27 mi) distance from Arad, the county seat. The administrative territory stretches over 119 km2 (46 sq mi) on the Crișul Alb Plateau, on both sides of the Crişul Alb River. The town was formed by merging the villages of Chișineu Mic and Pădureni. The town administers one village, Nădab (Nadab).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1910 2,821 —    
1977 8,913 +216.0%
1992 9,021 +1.2%
2002 8,724 −3.3%
2011 7,577 −13.1%
Source: Census data

In 1910, the town had 2821 inhabitants: 1376 (48.8%) spoke Hungarian, 1355 (48%) spoke Romanian, 49 (1.7%) spoke German.

In 2011, 73.5% of inhabitants were Romanians, 19.3% Hungarians and 6.3% Roma.[1]


Although the town economy is predominant agricultural, during the last decade the second and third economic sectors had a growing evolution. For most of the tourists Chișineu-Criș is a transit town towards central and Western Europe. The most attractive sightseeing spot of the town is the Crişul Alb River and its banks covered with abundant vegetation.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The archaeological discoveries brought to light traces of habitation much older than the documentary attestation of the town. The most important archaeological discoveries that attest the continuity of habitation in the area revealed objects older than 2,500 years in several locations of the town. Also two settlements dated back to the 3rd – 5th and 10th – 11th centuries were found here.

Chișineu-Criș was first mentioned as "villa Jeneusol" in the years 1202–1203. The Nădab village was documentary attested in 1334 as "Nodob".