|— County —|
|• Total||5,432 km2 (2,097 sq mi)|
|• Density||78/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Telephone code||(+40) 269 or (+40) 369|
|ISO 3166 code||RO-SB|
In 2002, it had a population of 421,724 and the population density was 78/km².
At the 2002 census the county has the following population indices:
- Romanians - 90.6% (or 382,061)
- Hungarians - 3.6% (or 15,344)
- Romas - 4.1% (or 17,125)
- Germans - 1.6% (or 6,554)
- Other - 0.1% (or 640)
- Romanian Orthodox - 88.9%
- Greek Catholics - 2.3%
- Reformed - 2.0%
- Roman Catholics - 1.5%
- Pentecostals - 1.1%
- Baptists 0.9%
- Other - 3.3%
Urbanisation - 5th most urbanised county in Romania:
- City dwellers: 277,574 (or 65.8%)
- Village dwelers: 144,150 (or 34.2%)
The south side of the county, closer to the mountains was mainly inhabited by Romanians (Mărginimea Sibiului), and the north side of the country - the Transylvanian Plateau was inhabited evenly by Germans and Romanians, but most Saxon villages are now deserted. The Roma population, mainly from southern Romania, was placed close to the villages in the Communist period and have since increased their numbers.
This county has a total area of 5,432 km².
In the South side there are the Carpathian Mountains (Southern Carpathians) - Făgăraş Mountains with heights over 2500 m, Lotru and Cindrel which make up to 30% of the county's surface. The Olt River crosses the mountains over to the South of Romania in Sibiu County forming one of the most accessible link between Transylvania and Wallachia. In the North side there is the Transylvanian Plateau.
- Braşov County in the East.
- Alba County in the West.
- Mureş County in the North.
- Vâlcea County in the South.
- Argeş County in the South-East.
Sibiu County has one of the most dynamic economies in Romania, and is one of the regions with the highest level of foreign investment.
The predominant industries in the county are:
- Machine and automotive components.
- Food industry.
- Textile industry.
- Wood industry.
The biggest natural resource in the county is natural gas, especially in the north side, having one of the largest sources in the country.
In Copşa Mică during the communist period there were two chemical industrial complexes which polluted the environment heavily with carbon black, heavy metals and other chemical substances. That's why the area is still considered one of the most polluted communities in Europe. Fortunately, after 1989 many of the industrial complexes were shut down and the area is slowly recovering.
The main tourist attractions in the county are:
- The city of Sibiu with its medieval fortifications and its historic centre.
- The medieval city of Mediaş.
- The medieval Saxon fortified churches and villages from Transylvania, some of them being UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- The abbey of Cârţa
- The Făgăraş Mountains.
- Păltiniş mountain resort and the Cindrel Mountains.
- Ocna Sibiului, Bazna and Miercurea Sibiului Spa towns.
- The Mărginimea Sibiului rural area.
Sibiu County has 2 municipalities, 9 towns and 53 communes
- ^ The number used depends on the numbering system employed by the phone companies on the market.
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populaţia după etnie"
- ^ National Institute of Statistics, "Populaţia la recensămintele din anii 1948, 1956, 1966, 1977, 1992 şi 2002"
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