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|— County (Judeţ) —|
|Lake Vidraru, northern Argeş County|
|Historic region||Greater Wallachia|
|Capital city (Resedinţă de judeţ)||Piteşti|
|• Type||County Board|
|• President of the County Board||Constantin Nicolescu (Social Democratic Party)|
|• Prefect2||Marcel Proca|
|• Total||6,862 km2 (2,649 sq mi)|
|• Density||95/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+40 x484|
|GDP||US$ 6.2 billion (2008)|
|GDP/capita||US$ 9,488 (2008)|
|1The development regions of Romania have no administrative role and were formed in order to manage 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 his resignation (or exclusion) from the public functionaries' 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
In 2002, it had a population of 652,625 and the population density was 95/km².
This county has a total area of 6,862 km². The relief can be split into 3 distinctive parts. In the north side there are the mountains, from the Southern Carpathians group - the Făgăraş Mountains with Moldoveanu Peak (2,544 m), Negoiu Peak (2,535 m) and Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak (2,508 m) towering the region, and in the North-East part the Leaotă Mountains. Between them there is a pass towards Braşov, the Rucăr-Bran Passage. The heights decrease, and in the center there are the sub-carpathian hills, with heights around 800 m, crossed with very deep valleys. In the south there is the northern part of the Romanian Plain.
The main river that crosses the county is the Argeș River in which almost all the other rivers coming from the mountains flow. In the south the main rivers are the Vedea River and the Teleorman River.
- Dâmbovița County in the east.
- Vâlcea County and Olt County in the west.
- Sibiu County and Brașov County in the north.
- Teleorman County in the south.
The predominant industries in the county are:
- Electrical equipment
- Home appliances
- Construction materials
Oil is being extracted in the center and in the south. Also there are a few coal mines and close to Mioveni there is a nuclear research and production facility making nuclear fuels for the Cernavodă Nuclear Electric Power Plant. On the Argeș River there are a great number of hydroelectric power plants, the most impressive being the Vidraru power plant and dam.
The hillsides are well suited for wines and fruit orchards, and the south is suited for cereal crops.
The main tourist destinations are:
- The city of Pitești
- The city of Curtea de Argeș, where one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania is located
- The Câmpulung - Rucăr area
- The Făgăraș Mountains - the Transfăgărășan
- The Leaota Mountains
- The Poienari Castle
- The Cotmeana monastery.
Argeş County has 3 municipalities, 4 towns and 95 communesȚ
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populaţia după etnie"
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populaţia la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 şi 2002"