Suceava County

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Suceava County
Județul Suceava
Coat of arms of Suceava County
Administrative map of Romania with Suceava county highlighted
Coordinates: 47°35′N 25°46′E / 47.58°N 25.76°E / 47.58; 25.76Coordinates: 47°35′N 25°46′E / 47.58°N 25.76°E / 47.58; 25.76
Development regionNord-Est
Historical regionSouthern Bukovina
 • Total8,553 km2 (3,302 sq mi)
Area rank2nd
 • Total634,810
 • Estimate 
757,679 Increase
 • Rank8th
 • Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Telephone code(+40) 230 or (+40) 330[2]
ISO 3166 codeRO-SV
GDP (nominal)US$ 3.188 billion (2015)
GDP per capitaUS$ 5,022 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Council

Suceava County (Romanian pronunciation: [suˈtʃe̯ava]) is a county (Romanian: județ) of Romania. Most of its territory lies in the southern portion of the historical region of Bukovina, while the remainder forms part of Western Moldavia proper. The county seat is the historical city of Suceava (German: Suczawa, also Sotschen or Sutschawa), formerly the capital of the Principality of Moldavia during the late Middle Ages and then a pivotal, predominantly German-speaking commercial town of the Habsburg/Austrian Empire at the border with the Kingdom of Romania throughout the Modern Age up until 1918. Suceava County, as part of the historical and geographical region of Bukovina, had been sometimes described as 'Switzerland of the East'.[3][4][5]


In 2011, Suceava County had a population of 634,810, with a population density of 74/km2. The proportion of each ethnic group is displayed as follows:[6]

Year County population[7][8]
1948 Steady 439,751
1956 Increase 507,674
1966 Increase 572,781
1977 Increase 633,899
1992 Increase 700,799
2002 Decrease 688,435
2011 Decrease 634,810
2016 (estimate) Increase 743,645
2018 (estimate) Increase 757,679


Most of Suceava County is in southern Bukovina, which is represented by the darker area on this map.

Two thirds of the county lies within the southern part of the historical region of Bukovina, while the rest of it incorporates territories from Western Moldavia proper.

In terms of total area, it covers a surface of 8,553 square kilometres (3,302 sq mi), making it thus the second in Romania in this particular regard, just after Timiș County in Banat.

The western side of the county consists of mountains from the Eastern Carpathians group: the Rodna Mountains, the Rarău Mountains, the Giumalău Mountains, and the Ridges of Bukovina, the latter with lower heights.

The county's elevation decreases towards the east, with the lowest height in the Siret River valley. The rivers crossing the county are the Siret River with its tributaries: the Moldova, Suceava, and Bistrița rivers.


The county of Suceava is bordered by the following other territorial units:

Historical county[edit]

Județul Suceava
County (Județ)
The Suceava County Prefecture building from the interwar period (now the History Museum in Suceava)
The Suceava County Prefecture building from the interwar period (now the History Museum in Suceava)
Coat of arms of Județul Suceava
Romania 1930 county Suceava.png
CountryFlag of Romania.svg Romania
Historic regionBukovina
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Suceava
 • Total1,309 km2 (505 sq mi)
 • Total121,327
 • Density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

In the Kingdom of Romania, between the early 20th century up to the end of the 1940s, the county had a smaller size and population. The contemporary Suceava county is the result of the merger of other smaller former Romanian counties from the historical province of Bukovina that were functional mostly throughout the interwar period (e.g. Rădăuți County or Câmpulung County).

The present-day Suceava County also incorporates part of Baia County. As per the administrative reform of 1938 under King Carol II, the whole counties which divided Bukovina in the Kingdom of Romania were united into a bigger land called Ținutul Suceava.

As for the historical interwar Suceava County, this administrative unit was located in the northern part of Greater Romania and the southern part of the historical region of Bukovina respectively. Its territory is situated entirely within the borders of the current Suceava County, constituting thus the central-eastern part of the contemporary namesake county. During the interwar period, it was the smallest county of Greater Romania by area, covering 1,309 square kilometres (505 sq mi).

It is bordered on the east by the counties of Dorohoi and Botoșani, to the north by Rădăuți County, to the west by Câmpulung County, and to the south by Baia County.

Administrative organization[edit]

Map of Suceava County as constituted in 1938.

As of 1930, the county was administratively subdivided into three districts (plăṣi):[9]

  1. Plasa Arbore, headquartered at Arbore
  2. Plasa Dragomirna, headquartered at Dragomirna
  3. Plasa Ilișești, headquartered at Ilișești

In 1938, the county was administratively reorganized into the following districts:

  1. Plasa Arbore, headquartered at Solca (containing 15 villages)
  2. Plasa Bosancea, headquartered at Bosancea (including 36 villages)
  3. Plasa Ilișești, headquartered at Ilișești (including 17 villages)


According to the 1930 census data, the county population was 121,327, ethnically divided among Romanians (79.5%), Germans (primarily Bukovina Germans but also Zipsers) (8.2%), Jews (5.5%), Poles (2.7%), Ukrainians (1.7%), as well as other minor ethnic minorities.[10]

By language the county was divided among Romanian (76.5%), German (9.4%), Ukrainian (5.5%), Yiddish (4.3%), Polish (2.5%), as well as other languages. From the religious point of view, the population consisted of Eastern Orthodox (80.1%), Roman Catholic (8.4%), Jewish (5.5%), Evangelical Lutheran (3.3%), Greek Catholic (1.4%), as well as other minor religions.[11]

Urban population[edit]

The county's urban population consisted of 19,850 inhabitants (17,028 in Suceava and 2,822 in Solca), ethnically divided among Romanians (61.5%), Jews (18.7%), Germans (13.9%), Poles (2.6%), as well as other minor ethnic minorities.[10]

As a mother tongue in the urban population, Romanian (60.4%) predominated, followed by German (18.7%), Yiddish (13.8%), Ukrainian (3.2%), Polish (2.2%), as well as other minor spoken languages. From the religious point of view, the urban population consisted of 60.6% Eastern Orthodox, 18.8% Jewish, 15.3% Roman Catholic, 2.0% Greek Catholic, 1.7% Evangelical Lutheran, 0.7% Baptist, as well as other confessional minorities.[11]


The predominant industries/economic sectors in the county are as follows:

  • Lumber - producing the greatest land mass of forests in Romania;
  • Food and Cooking;
  • Mechanical components;
  • Construction materials;
  • Mining;
  • Textile and leather.

Suceava occupies the first place among the Romanian cities with the most commercial spaces per inhabitant.[12] Notable supermarket chains correlated with the aforementioned economic areas: Metro, Carrefour, Auchan, Selgros, Kaufland, and Lidl (some of the biggest supermarket chains in Romania).


In 2018, Suceava County was designated 'European destination of excellence' by the European Commission.[13] Furthermore, back in 2017, Suceava ranked 3rd in Romania regarding total tourist accommodation capacity.[14]

Suceava medieval seat fortress
Arable lands near the town of Suceava
Typical winter landscape in Suceava County
Gothic-style Bogdana Monastery from Rădăuți

The main touristic attractions of the county are:


Political map of Suceava County after the 2020 Romanian local elections by colour of the elected mayor.

The Suceava County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 36 county councillors, with the following party composition:[15]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  National Liberal Party (PNL) 18                                    
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 13                                    
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 5                                    

Administrative divisions[edit]

Suceava (German: Suczawa or Sutschawa)
Gura Humorului (German: Gura Humora)
Rădăuți (German: Radautz)
Vatra Dornei (German: Dorna-Watra)
Siret (German: Sereth)
Fălticeni (German: Foltischeni)
Solca (German: Solka)
Iacobeni (German: Jakobeny)
Cârlibaba (German: Mariensee or Ludwigsdorf)
Pojorâta (German: Pozoritta or Poschoritta)
Ilișești (German: Illischestie)

Suceava County has 5 municipalities, 11 towns, and 98 communes.

2010 floods[edit]

During June 2010, Gheorghe Flutur, at that time (as now) the president of Suceava County Council, stated in a Mediafax interview that his county was one of the worst hit in the country. In the morning of June 29, relief work was coordinated to deal with the flooding that killed 21 people and caused hundreds to be evacuated from their homes.[16]


Natives and residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "HARTĂ INTERACTIVĂ - Câți mai suntem în România? Populația în fiecare județ și în fiecare municipiu din țară" (in Romanian). INSSE. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
  3. ^ Sophie A. Welsch (March 1986). "The Bukovina-Germans During the Habsburg Period: Settlement, Ethnic Interaction, Contributions" (PDF). Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ Gaëlle Fisher (20 November 2018). "Looking Forwards through the Past: Bukovina's "Return to Europe" after 1989–1991". Lean Library. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  5. ^ David Rechter (16 October 2008). "Geography is destiny: Region, nation and empire in Habsburg Jewish Bukovina". Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  6. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația după etnie" Archived 2009-08-16 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populația la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 și 2002"
  8. ^ "Populaţia României pe localitati la 1 ianuarie 2016" (in Romanian). INSSE. 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  9. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Suceava
  10. ^ a b Recensământul general al populației României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 434-437
  11. ^ a b Recensământul general al populației României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 738-739
  12. ^ Sandrinio Neagu (4 May 2018). "Suceava pe primul loc la nivel național în privința spațiilor comerciale". Monitorul de Suceava (in Romanian). Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  13. ^ Dan Coman. "Flutur a primit, la Bruxelles, premiul "Suceava, destinație europeană de excelență" (in Romanian)". Radio România Internațional. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Județul Suceava pe locul trei ca număr de structuri de primire turistică după Brașov și Constanța (in Romanian)". News Bucovina. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electorală Permanentă. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Fundația Löwendal" (in Romanian).

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