Buzău County

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Buzău County

Județul Buzău
Buzau in Romania.svg
Coordinates: 45°16′N26°46′E / 45.27°N 26.77°E / 45.27; 26.77 Coordinates: 45°16′N26°46′E / 45.27°N 26.77°E / 45.27; 26.77
CountryFlag of Romania.svg  Romania
Development region1 Sud-Est
Historic region Muntenia
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Buzău
  TypeCounty Board
  President of the County BoardPetre Emanoil Neagu (PSD)
  Prefect2Carmen Ichim
  Total6,103 km2 (2,356 sq mi)
Area rank 17th in Romania
  Rank 18th in Romania
  Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code(s) +40 x38 4
Car Plates BZ5
GDPUS$ 2.561 billion (2015)
GDP/capita US$ 5,927 (2015)
Website County Board
County Prefecture
1The developing regions of Romania have no administrative role. They were formed just to attract funds from the European Union
2 as of 2007, the Prefect is not a politician, but a public functionary. He (or she) is not allowed to be a member of a political party, and is banned to have any political activity in the first six months after the resignation (or exclusion) from the public functionary corps
3w, x, y, and z are digits that indicate the city, the street, part of the street, or even the building of the address
4x is a digit indicating the operator: 2 for the former national operator, Romtelecom, and 3 for the other ground telephone networks
5used on both the plates of the vehicles that operate only in the county limits (like utility vehicles, ATVs, etc.), and the ones used outside the county

Buzău County (Romanian pronunciation:  [buˈzəw] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historical region Muntenia, with the capital city at Buzău.



In 2011, it had a population of 432,054 and the population density was 70.7/km2.

YearCounty population [2]
1956Increase2.svg 465,829
1966Increase2.svg 480,951
1977Increase2.svg 508,424
1992Increase2.svg 516,307
2002Decrease2.svg 496,214
2011Decrease2.svg 432,054


This county has a total area of 6,103 km2.

In the North Side there are the mountains from the southern end of the Eastern Carpathians group – the Vrancea Mountains and the Buzău Mountains with heights over 1,700 m. The heights decrease in the South and East passing through the subcarpathian hills to the Bărăgan Plain at about 80 m.

The main river crossing the county is the Buzău River which collects many small rivers from the mountains and flows to the East into the Siret River.



The predominant industries in the county are:

The hilly area is well-suited for wines and fruit orchards. Salt and oil are the main resources extracted in the county.


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The Măgura sculpture camp

The main tourist destinations are:


The Buzău County Council, renewed at the 2020 local elections, consists of 32 counsellors, with the following party composition: [3]

   PartySeatsCurrent County Council
  Social Democratic Party (PSD)21                    
  National Liberal Party (PNL)7                    
  People's Movement Party (PMP)4                    

Administrative divisions

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Râmnicu Sărat

Buzău County has 2 municipalities, 3 towns and 82 communes.

Historical county

Județul Buzău
County (Județ)
RO BZ Palat Comunal frontal straight cloudy.jpg
The Buzău County prefecture building of the interwar period.
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Coat of arms
Romania 1930 county Buzau.png
Country Flag of Romania.svg Romania
Historic region Dobrogea
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Buzău
  Total4,936 km2 (1,906 sq mi)
  Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Historically, the county was located in the central-southern part of Greater Romania, in the northeastern part of the historical region of Muntenia. Its territory included the southern and western parts of today's Buzău County and several localities that are today in Prahova County, including the town of Mizil. It was bordered on the west by Prahova County, to the north by the counties of Brașov, Trei Scaune, and Putna, to the east by the counties of Râmnicu Sărat and Brăila, and to the south by Ialomița County.


Map of Buzau County as constituted in 1938. 1938 map of interwar county Buzau.jpg
Map of Buzău County as constituted in 1938.

The county has seen multiple subdivisions administratively.

At the end of the 19th century, the county was subdivided into six districts ( plăṣi ): [4]

  1. Plasa Sărata, with the town of Buzău and 16 communes
  2. Plasa Câmpului, with 14 communes
  3. Plasa Tohani, with the town of Mizil and 17 communes
  4. Plasa Buzău, with 17 communes
  5. Plasa Pârscov, with 16 communes
  6. Plasa Slănic, with 19 communes

In the interwar period, the territory of the county was initially divided into four districts: [5]

  1. Plasa Buzău, headquartered at Pătârlagele
  2. Plasa Câmpul, headquartered at Buzău
  3. Plasa Slănic, headquartered at Săpoca
  4. Plasa Tohani, headquartered at Mizil

Subsequently, the territory of the county was reorganized into seven districts, by abolishing Plasa Câmpul and establishing four new districts:

  1. Plasa Buzău, headquartered at Pătârlagele
  2. Plasa Câlnău, headquartered at Buzău
  3. Plasa Câmpeni, headquartered at Pogoanele
  4. Plasa Orașul, headquartered at Buzău
  5. Plasa Pârscov, headquartered at Pârscov
  6. Plasa Slănic, headquartered at Săpoca
  7. Plasa Tohani, headquartered at Mizil


According to the 1930 census data, the county population was 309,405 inhabitants, ethnically divided as follows: 97.4% Romanians, 1.5% Romanies, 0.5% Jews, as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the population was 98.9% Eastern Orthodox, 0.5% Jewish, as well as other minorities.

Urban population

In 1930, the county's urban population was 42,127 inhabitants, comprising 91.2% Romanians, 3.7% Jews, 2.3% Romanies, 0.9% Hungarians, as well as other minorities. From the religious point of view, the urban population was composed of 93.3% Eastern Orthodox, 3.9% Jewish, 1.0% Roman Catholic, as well as other minorities.

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  5. Portretul României Interbelice - Județul Buzău