Satu Mare County
|Satu Mare County
Județul Satu Mare
|Historical region||Crișana, Maramureș|
|• Total||4,418 km2 (1,706 sq mi)|
|• Density||83/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Telephone code||(+40) 261 or (+40) 361|
|ISO 3166 code||RO-SM|
Satu Mare County (Romanian: Județul Satu Mare, pronounced [ˌsatu ˈmare]) is a county (județ) of Romania on the border with Hungary and Ukraine. The capital city is Satu Mare. Besides Romanians (58.8% of the population), Satu Mare features a significant ethnic minority of Hungarians (35.2%).
Satu Mare is a multicultural city, with a population mix of Romanian, Hungarian, Roma, German and other ethnicities.
- Romanians – 57.73%
- Hungarians – 34.5%
- Romani – 5.32%
- Germans – 1.51%
- Rusyns, Ukrainians, Slovaks, other
Hungarians mostly reside along the border with Hungary, but some are also scattered throughout the whole county.
Historically, Hungarians were concentrated in the cities, where administration resides, while the Romanian population was larger in the villages throughout the county. In 1930 the Hungarians were representing 41,9% of the urban population in Satu Mare County and only 20,0% of the population in the villages according to census data. The proportion of different ethnic groups varied throughout the history, due to regime and political changes. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 the Hungarian population increased its proportion greatly, in 1880 representing 44.4% and in 1910 reaching 55.1% of the county population, according to Árpád E. Varga. After World War I the Hungarian and German population declined.
This county has a total area of 4,418 square kilometres (1,706 sq mi).
In the north are the Oaș Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathians. This makes up around 17% of the area. The remainder is hills, forming 20% of the area, and plains. The western county takes up the Eastern part of the Pannonian Plain.
- Maramureș County in the East.
- Hungary in the West – Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County.
- Ukraine in the North – Zakarpattia Oblast.
- Bihor County and Sălaj County in the South.
It is a member of the Carpathian euroregion.
The predominant industries in the county are:
- Textiles industry.
- Machine and automotive components.
- Food industry.
- Wood and furniture industry.
The main tourist attractions in the county are:
- The "Oaș Country", with its strong Romanian folk traditions, on the North Eastern side of the county.
- The Oaș Mountains.
- The cities of Satu Mare and Carei.
- Tășnad Resort.
- The fortifications from Ardud and Medieșu Aurit
Satu Mare County has 2 municipalities, 4 towns and 59 communes:
- Gherța Mică
- Medieșu Aurit
- Orașu Nou
- Tarna Mare
- Valea Vinului
- Viile Satu Mare
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- The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
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