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Beclean (Romanian pronunciation: [beˈkle̯an] (About this soundlisten); 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.

The town administers three villages: Coldău (Goldau; Várkudu), Figa (Füge) and Rusu de Jos (Alsóoroszfalu).

Bethlen Castle
Beclean pe Someș train station

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.

History

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1930 3,334—    
1977 6,957+108.7%
1992 11,606+66.8%
2002 12,033+3.7%
2011 10,628−11.7%
Source: Census data

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.[3]

Natives

References

  1. ^ "Results of the 2016 local elections". Central Electoral Bureau. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Populaţia stabilă pe judeţe, municipii, oraşe şi localităti componenete la RPL_2011" (in Romanian). National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ "ERDÉLY ETNIKAI ÉS FELEKEZETI STATISZTIKÁJA".