Valea lui Mihai

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Valea lui Mihai
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Location of Valea lui Mihai
Coordinates: 47°31′12″N 22°7′48″E / 47.52000°N 22.13000°E / 47.52000; 22.13000Coordinates: 47°31′12″N 22°7′48″E / 47.52000°N 22.13000°E / 47.52000; 22.13000
Country  Romania
County Bihor County
Status Town
 • Mayor Nyakó József (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania)
 • Total 73.54 km2 (28.39 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 9,902
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb

Valea lui Mihai (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈvale̯a luj miˈhaj]; Hungarian: Érmihályfalva; Yiddish: מיהאליפאלוואMihalifalva, or מיהייפאלווא Mihaifalva) is a town in Romania.


It is located around 66 km north-east of Oradea, 9 km from the Hungarian border in Bihor County, western Transylvania, Romania.


In 1312, under Charles I, it was allowed new trade privileges and then in 1459 was also allowed tax benefits privileges for its citizens. Later it was part of the Ottoman Empire, which resulted in its depopulation, but the inhabitants subsequently returned. Thereafter, it was part of the Habsburg Monarchy up until the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867. Then it became part of the Kingdom of Hungary within Austria-Hungary.

After the breaking-up of Austria-Hungary in 1918/1920, the town became part of Romania. As a result of the Second Vienna Award it became a part of Hungary between 1940 and 1945. Since then it has been part of Romania. It was declared a town on three separate occasions: in 1844, 1930 and 1989.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1992 10,505 —    
2002 10,665 +1.5%
2011 9,688 −9.2%
Source: Census data

According to the last census from 2011 there were 9,668 people living within the city.

Of this population, 81.03% are ethnic Hungarians, while 13.23% are ethnic Romanians and 1.3% others.[1]

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