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View from Trotuș Hotel
View from Trotuș Hotel
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Coat of arms of Onești
Coat of arms
Onești is located in Romania
Location of Onești
Coordinates: 46°15′31″N 26°46′09″E / 46.25861°N 26.76917°E / 46.25861; 26.76917Coordinates: 46°15′31″N 26°46′09″E / 46.25861°N 26.76917°E / 46.25861; 26.76917
Country  Romania
County Bacău County
Status Municipality
 • Mayor Nicolae Gnatiuc (PSD)
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,172
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Dfb

Onești (Romanian pronunciation: [oˈneʃtʲ]; Hungarian: Ónfalva) is a city in Bacău County, Romania, with a population of 39,172 inhabitants. It is situated in the historical region of Western Moldavia.

Administratively, the villages of Slobozia and Borzești form part of Onești. Borzești, site of the Borzești Church, was the birthplace of Stephen III of Moldavia.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1956 11,253 —    
1966 35,663 +216.9%
1977 41,738 +17.0%
1992 58,810 +40.9%
2002 51,681 −12.1%
2011 39,172 −24.2%
Source: Census data

The city was founded as a village on December 14, 1458, and it is said that was named after prince Stephen the Great's daughter, Oana, its overlord. At the death of the Communist leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej in March 1965, it was renamed Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, but the name was changed back in 1996.


Onești is located in the Trotuș Depression at an altitude of 175 m.


Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of the city, whose inhabitants are predominantly Romanian Orthodox. St. Nicholas Day, 6 December, is the municipal day of Oneşti.


Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Skien, Norway and Eysines, France


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