Hunedoara County
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Hunedoara County
Hunedoara County

Jude?ul Hunedoara
Coat of arms of Hunedoara County
Coat of arms
Administrative map of Romania with Hunedoara county highlighted
Coordinates: 45°47?N 22°56?E / 45.78°N 22.93°E / 45.78; 22.93Coordinates: 45°47?N 22°56?E / 45.78°N 22.93°E / 45.78; 22.93
Development regionVest
Historical regionTransylvania
 o Total7,063 km2 (2,727 sq mi)
Area rank9th
 o Total396,253[1]
 o Rank20th
Telephone code(+40) 254 or (+40) 354[2]
ISO 3166 codeRO-HD
GDP (nominal)US$ 2.716 billion (2015)
GDP per capitaUS$ 6,853 (2015)
WebsiteCounty Council

Hunedoara County (Romanian pronunciation: [hune'do?ara] ) is a county (jude?) of Romania, in Transylvania, with its capital city at Deva. The county is part of the Danube-Cri?-Mure?-Tisa Euroregion.


In Hungarian, it is known as Hunyad megye, in German as Kreis Hunedoara, and in Slovak as Hunedoara.


In 2011, the county had a population of 396,253 and the population density was 56.1/km2.

Hunedoara's Jiu River Valley is traditionally a coal-mining region, and its high level of industrialisation drew many people from other regions of Romania in the period before the fall of the communist regime.

Year County population[4]
1948 306,955
1956 Increase 381,902
1966 Increase 474,602
1977 Increase 514,436
1992 Increase 547,993
2002 Decrease 485,712
2011 Decrease 396,253


European bison in Ha?eg nature reserve
Gold and sphalerite on quartz, from Sacarîmb, Hunedoara County. Scale at bottom is one inch, with a rule at one cm.

This county has a total area of 7,063 km2.

Mainly, the relief is made up of mountains, divided by the Mure? River valley which crosses the county from East to West. To the North side there are the Apuseni Mountains and to the South side there are mountains from the Southern Carpathians group, Parâng Mountains group and Retezat-Godeanu Mountains group: Orastie and Surianu Mountains (South-East), Retezat Mountains (South), Poiana Ruscai Mountains (South-West).

Except from the Mure? River with its tributaries Strei, Râul Mare and Cerna which forms wide valleys, in the North side Cri?ul Alb River also forms a valley in the Apuseni Mountains - Zarand region. In the South side along the Jiu River with its two branches Jiul de Vest and Jiul de Est, there is a large depression, and an accessible route towards Southern Romania - Oltenia..



Hunedoara County was one of the most industrialised areas during the communist period, and was very negatively affected when the industry collapsed after the fall of the communist regime.[5]

The industry in the Hunedoara county is linked with the mining activity in the region. In the mountains, from ancient times, metals and coal have been exploited. Nowadays, there is one large industrial complex at Hunedoara owned by Mittal Steel. Also energy related enterprises are located in the county - one of the biggest thermoelectric plant is located at Mintia.

The Jiu Valley, located in the south of the country, has been a major mining area throughout the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century, but many mines were closed down in the years following the collapse of the communist regime.

The city of Hunedoara has also suffered significantly from the 1990s onwards - under communism it contained the largest steel works in Romania (until Gala?i took the lead), but activity gradually diminished after the fall of communism due to the loss of the market. This was a blow to the overall prosperity of the town, which is now recovering through new investments.

Agricultural activities also take place in Hunedoara county, which include livestock raising, and fruit and cereal cultivation. The county also has touristic potential, especially through the Dacian Fortresses of the Ortie Mountains and the Corvin Castle.

The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Metallurgy.
  • Construction materials.
  • Textile industry.
  • Mining equipment.
  • Food industry.

In the 1990s, a large amount of mines were closed down, leaving Hunedoara county with the highest unemployment rate in Romania, of 9.6%, in comparison to the national average of 5.5%.


Corvin Castle in Hunedoara is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and features in one of the lists of the Seven Wonders of Romania.

Retezat National Park and other picturesque regions makes it one of the most beautiful counties in Romania. Also there can be found Dacian and Roman complexes in the Ortie Mountains.

The main tourist attractions in the county are:

  • The Dacian Fortresses of the Ortie Mountains - nowadays part of UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Colonia Augusta Ulpia Traiana Dacica Sarmizegetusa - the capital of the Roman province of Dacia.
  • The medieval edifices of Densu?, Deva, Hunedoara, Sant?maria-Orlea, Strei.
  • The Medieval Castle from Hunedoara
  • The Medieval Guard Tower from Crivadia


The Hunedoara County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 32 counsellors, with the following party composition:[6]

    Party Seats Current County Council
  Social Democratic Party (PSD) 17                                  
  PNL-UDMR-PN?CD Alliance 7                                  
  PRO Romania (PRO) 4                                  
  Save Romania Union (USR) 2                                  
  People's Movement Party (PMP) 2                                  

Administrative divisions

Hunedoara County has 7 municipalities, 7 towns and 55 communes. Although Hunedoara County is the most urbanized county in Romania (75% of the population is urban - in 2011)[7] it does not contain any city of more than 100,000 people. Also, following the de-industrialization after the communism fall, the major urban centres in the county, particularly Hunedoara and Petro?ani, suffered significant population decline.

Historical county

Jude?ul Hunedoara
County (Jude?)
The Hunedoara County Prefecture building of the interwar period, currently serving the same function.
The Hunedoara County Prefecture building of the interwar period, currently serving the same function.
Coat of arms of Jude?ul Hunedoara
Coat of arms
Romania 1930 county Hunedoara.png
CountryFlag of Romania.svg Romania
Historic regionTransylvania
Capital city (Re?edin de jude?)Deva
 o Total7,695 km2 (2,971 sq mi)
 o Total332,118
 o Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Historically, the county was located in the central-western part of Greater Romania, in the southwestern part of Transylvania. It included a large part of the present Hunedoara County.

After the administrative unification law in 1925, the name of county remained as it was, but the territory was reorganized. It was bordered on the west by the counties of Severin and Arad, to the north by Turda County, to the east by the counties of Sibiu and Alba, and to the south by the counties of Gorj and Mehedin?i.


Map of Hunedoara County as constituted in 1938.

The county originally consisted of ten districts (pli):[8]

  1. Plasa Avram Iancu, headquartered at Avram Iancu
  2. Plasa Brad, headquartered at Brad
  3. Plasa Deva, headquartered at Deva
  4. Plasa Geoagiu, headquartered at Geoagiu
  5. Plasa Ha?eg, headquartered at Ha?eg
  6. Plasa Hunedoara, headquartered at Hunedoara
  7. Plasa Ilia, headquartered at Ilia
  8. Plasa Ortie, headquartered at Ortie
  9. Plasa Petro?ani, headquartered at Petro?ani
  10. Plasa Pui, headquartered at Pui

Subsequently, two other districts were established:

  1. Plasa Dobra, headquartered at Dobra
  2. Plasa Sarmizegetusa, headquartered at Sarmizegetusa


According to the census data of 1930, the county's population was 332,118, of which 82.0% were Romanians, 11.3% Hungarians, 2.5% Germans, 1.5% Romanies, 1.4% Jews, as well as other minorities. In the religious aspect, the population consisted of 64.2% Eastern Orthodox, 18.5% Greek Catholic, 9.1% Roman Catholic, 4.5% Reformed, as well as other minorities.[9]

Urban population

In 1930, the urban population of the county was 41,234, of which 52.8% were Romanians, 30.4% Hungarians, 6.7% Germans, 6.6% Jews, 1.6% Romanies, as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the urban population was made up of 42.0% Eastern Orthodox, 25.7% Roman Catholic, 10.5% Greek Catholic, 9.9% Reformed, 6.9% Jewish, 3.5% Lutheran, 1.0% Unitarian, as well as other minorities.[9]

See also


  2. ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
  3. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Popula?ia dup? etnie" Archived August 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Popula?ia la recens?mintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 ?i 2002" Archived September 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "M?rirea ?i declinul industriei în Hunedoara. Ce soart? au avut dup? 1990 cele mai mari întreprinderi din jude?". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Rezultatele finale ale alegerilor locale din 2020" (Json) (in Romanian). Autoritatea Electoral? Permanent?. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Rezultate definitive ale Recens?mântului Popula?iei ?i al Locuin?elor - 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Portretul României Interbelice - Jude?ul Hunedoara
  9. ^ a b Recens?mântul general al popula?iei României din 29 decemvrie 1930, Vol. II, pag. 633-639

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