Harghita County

Harghita County

Județul Harghita

Hargita megye
Landscape around Lake Sfânta Ana, southern Harghita County
Landscape around Lake Sfânta Ana, southern Harghita County
Coat of arms of Harghita County
Coat of arms
Harghita county, territorial location
Harghita county, territorial location
Country Romania
Development region1Centru
Historic regionTransylvania
Capital city (Reședință de județ)Miercurea Ciuc
 • TypeCounty Board
 • President of the County BoardCsaba Borboly (UDMR)
 • Prefect2Constantin Strujan
 • Total6,639 km2 (2,563 sq mi)
Area rank13th in Romania
 • Total304,969
 • Rank33rd in Romania
 • Density46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal Code
Area code(s)+40 x664
Car PlatesHR5
GDPUS$ 2.63 billion (2008)
GDP/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 from having 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

Harghita (Romanian pronunciation: [harˈɡita] (About this soundlisten), Hungarian: Hargita megye, pronounced [ˈhɒrɡitɒ]) is a county (județ) in the center of Romania, in eastern Transylvania, with the county seat at Miercurea Ciuc.


2002 census

In 2002, Harghita County had a population of 326,222[1] and a population density of 52/km².

2011 census

In 2011, it had a population of 302,432[3] and a population density of 46/km².

Harghita county has the highest percentage of Hungarians in Romania, just ahead of Covasna county. The Hungarians form the majority of the population in most of the county's municipalities, with Romanians concentrated in the northern and eastern part of the county (particularly Toplița and Bălan), as well as in the enclave of Voșlăbeni.

The Székelys of Harghita are mostly Roman Catholic, with Reformed and Unitarian minorities, while the ethnic Romanians are primarily Orthodox. Catholicism is strongest in the east, in the former Csíkszék, while Protestants are concentrated in the west, south and west of Odorheiu Secuiesc. By religion, the county is divided roughly as follows:

Demographic evolution

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Harghita Koān
български: Харгита
čeština: Harghita (župa)
davvisámegiella: Harghita guovlu
한국어: 하르기타주
Bahasa Indonesia: Provinsi Harghita
Ladino: Harghita
Bahasa Melayu: Wilayah Harghita
Nederlands: District Harghita
日本語: ハルギタ県
norsk: Harghita
norsk nynorsk: Harghita fylke
русский: Харгита
Simple English: Harghita County
slovenčina: Harghita (župa)
српски / srpski: Харгита (округ)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Harghita (okrug)
svenska: Harghita
Türkçe: Harghita ili
українська: Харгіта