Beclean (Romanian pronunciation: [beˈkle̯an] (listen); Hungarian and German: Bethlen) is a town in Bistrița-Năsăud County, in north-eastern Transylvania, Romania. It had 10,628 inhabitants at the 2011 census. Of those, 81.6% were Romanians, 14.2% Hungarians, and 3.7% Roma.
Beclean is the site of an important railway junction (the train station is called Beclean pe Someș), where secondary routes to Sighetu Marmației and Suceava diverge from the main Căile Ferate Române railway line from Brașov to Satu Mare.
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The town of Beclean is also the ancestral seat of the Hungarian Bethlen family. In 1850 the inhabitants of the city were 1,475, of which 805 Romanians, 327 Hungarians, 163 Jews, 163 Roma, 5 Germans and 12 of other ethnicities.
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