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Romania is divided into forty-one counties (judete), as well as the municipality of Bucharest (Bucuresti), which is its own administrative unit. Each county is administered by a county council (consiliu judetean), responsible for local affairs, as well as a prefect, who is appointed by the central government but cannot be a member of any political party. In alphabetical order, the counties are:

Arges
Timis
Tulcea
Vaslui
Botosani
Vâlcea
Vrancea
 
Caras-Severin

Alongside the county structure, Romania is also divided into eight development regions, which correspond to NUTS-II divisions in the European Union, but which have no administrative capacity and are instead used for co-ordinating regional development projects and statistical purposes. The country is further subdivided into 2686 communes, which are rural localities, and 265 towns. Communes and towns have their own local councils and are headed by a mayor (primar). Larger and more urbanised towns gain the status of municipality, which gives them greater administrative power over local affairs.

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Botosani County

Botosani of Romania, in Moldavia, with the capital city at Botosani.

Demographics

In 2002, it had a population of 452,834 and the population density was 91/km².

Romanians - (98%)
Russians, Ukrainians and Rromas.

Year County population
1948 385,236
1956 428,050
1966 452,406
1977 451,217
1992 461,305
2002 452,834

Geography


it is situated between Siret and Prut, in the north-east part of the county, Ukraine in the north and Moldavian Republic in the east. At the west and south it has borders with the Suceava County and Iasi County.
it has total area of 4,986 km² (2.1% of the Romanian territory).
the relief is a high plain, between the valleys of the Siret River, the Prut River and it's affluent the Jijia River.
temperate climate, influenced by the eastern air masses of the continent.

Neighbours

  • Republic of Moldova in the East - Edinet Raion.
  • Suceava County in the West.
  • Ukraine in the North - Chernivtsi Oblast.
  • Iasi County in the South.

Economy
The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Textile industry
  • Food industry
  • Electrical components industry
  • Glass and porcelain industry

At Stânca-Costesti there is one of the greatest hydroelectrical power plants in Romania.

Tourist attractions
The main tourist attractions in the county are:

  • The city of Botosani with:
    - Art galeries Stefan Luchian - it is the art section of the county museum. It has art masterpieces of Stefan Lucian, Octav Bancila and the contemporan work of Ligia Macovei(the best ilusrator of Mihai Eminescu's poetry, sculptures signed by Octav Bancila and Dan Covataru.
    - County library "Mihai Eminescu" - known also as the "Moscovici house" an arhitectural jewel, build in the late XIX-th century, containing arhitectural elements from the French and the German architecture.
    - Memorial museum "Octav Onicescu" - that dates from 1995. It is dedicated to the mathematician with the same name. The exhibition is composed of books, diplomas, handwritten papers, and furniture.
  • The village Ipotesti - Mihai Eminescu's birthplace situated 8 km from Botosani.
  • The village Liveni - George Enescu's birthplace.
  • The museum of Saveni - Founded in 1964, it is dedicated to archeology, and it covers the settlements and the necropolis of Ripiceni, Miorcani, Draguseni, Hanesti and Saveni.

Administrative divisions
The county has 2 municipalities, 5 towns and 67 communes.

Municipalities

  • Botosani
  • Dorohoi

Towns

  • Darabani
  • Saveni
  • Flamânzi
  • Bucecea
  • Stefanesti

Communes

  • Albesti
  • Avrameni
  • Baluseni
  • Blândesti
  • Braesti
  • Broscauti
  • Calarasi
  • Candesti
  • Concesti
  • Copalau
  • Cordareni
  • Corlateni
  • Corni
  • Cosula
  • Cotusca
  • Cristesti
  • Cristinesti
  • Curtesti
  • Dersca
  • Dângeni
  • Dimacheni
  • Dobârceni
  • Draguseni
  • Durnesti
  • Frumusica
  • George Enescu
  • Gorbanesti
  • Havârna
  • Hanesti
  • Hiliseu-Horia
  • Hlipiceni
  • Hudesti
  • Ibanesti
  • Leorda
  • Lozna
  • Lunca
  • Manoleasa
  • Mihai Eminescu
  • Mihaileni
  • Mihalaseni
  • Mileanca
  • Mitoc
  • Nicseni
  • Paltinis
  • Pomârla
  • Prajeni
  • Radauti-Prut
  • Rachiti
  • Rauseni
  • Ripiceni
  • Roma
  • Românesti
  • Santa Mare
  • Stauceni
  • Suharau
  • Sulita
  • Sendriceni
  • Stiubieni
  • Todireni
  • Trusesti
  • Tudora
  • Ungureni
  • Unteni
  • Vaculesti
  • Viisoara
  • Vârfu Câmpului
  • Vladeni
  • Vlasinesti
  • Vorniceni
  • Vorona