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This article is about the commune. For the mountains, see Rodna Mountains. For the ghost town, see Rodna, Washington.
Rodna is located in Romania
Coordinates: 47°25′18″N 24°48′44″E / 47.42167°N 24.81222°E / 47.42167; 24.81222
Country  Romania
County Bistrița-Năsăud County
Area 224.15 km2 (86.54 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1] 6,313
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Rodna (formerly Rodna Veche; Hungarian: Óradna, Radna; German: Altrodenau) is a commune in Bistrița-Năsăud County, Transylvania, Romania. It is composed of two villages, Rodna and Valea Vinului (Radnaborberek).

Its name is derived from a Slavic word, ruda, meaning "iron ore", originally being known as Rudna in 14th century documents.[2]


Kingdom of Hungary 10 fillér stamp, cancelled Ó-RADNA, in 1901.

During the Late Middle Ages, the Transylvanian Saxon-inhabited village was sacked by the Mongols during their invasion of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Between 1711 (Treaty of Szatmar) and 1918, Rodna was part of the Austrian monarchy, province of Transylvania;[3] in Transleithania after the compromise of 1867. A post-office was opened in 1856, later named Ó-Radna ("Old Rodna").

Coordinates: 47°25′18″N 24°48′44″E / 47.42167°N 24.81222°E / 47.42167; 24.81222


  1. ^ Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
  2. ^ Iordan, Iorgu (1963). Toponimia romînească. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Republicii Populare Romîne. p. 99. OCLC 460710897. 
  3. ^ Handbook of Austria and Lombardy-Venetia Cancellations on the Postage Stamp Issues 1850-1864, by Edwin MUELLER, 1961.