About Bucharest

At a glance

– according to most sources it was first mentioned in documents in 1459
– became the state capital of Romania in 1862
– official (2009) population estimate 1.944.000
– unofficial (2011) population estimate ~4.000.000
– has an areal of 226 square kms
– humid continental climate
– 2 international airports

 

Naming – Etymology

According to most legends the name of the city comes from a shepherd called “Bucur” that settled on the lands that now are known as Bucharest. In Romanian the word “bucur” means “glad” or “joy”.

 

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