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Bucharest

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Bucharest-Calea-Victoriei-Aerial-ViewNicknames: Paris of the East, Little Paris
Location in Romania
Coordinates: 44°25′57″N 26°6′14″E
County None
First attested 1459
Government
• Mayor Sorin Oprescu (Independent)
• Prefect Ecaterina Coruţ
Area
• Municipality 228 km2 (88 sq mi)
• Urban 285 km2 (110 sq mi)
Elevation 55.8–91.5 m (183.1–300.2 ft)
Population (2011 census)
• Municipality 1.677.985
• Rank 1st in Romania
• Density 7,360/km2 (19,100/sq mi)
• Urban 1,931,000
• Metro 2,200,0002
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 0xxxxx
Area code +40 x1
Car plate B

Bucharest is Romania”s capital and, at the same time, the most populous city, industrial and commercial center of the country. With a population of 1,944,367 inhabitants (est. January 1, 2009), Bucharest is the sixth most populous city in the European Union. In practice, however, Bucharest gathers over three million people daily, and experts predict that over the next five years, the total will exceed four million. Add to this the fact the settlements surrounding the city, which will be part of future metropolitan area population totals about 430,000 inhabitants.

The first mention of the town appears in 1459. In 1862 it became the capital of Romania. Since then undergoes constant change, being center stage art, culture and media. Between the two World Wars, Bucharest”s elegant architecture and elite earned him the nickname “Little Paris”. Currently, the capital has the same administrative level as a county and is divided into six sectors.

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