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Ilfov County

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Country  Romania
Area  1,583 km2

Capital  Buftea
Population  300,123 (2002)
Ilfov County Beautiful Landscapes of Ilfov County
Destinations  Voluntari, Popesti-Leordeni, Otopeni, Buftea, Bragadiru

Map of Ilfov County

Ilfov ([ˈilfov]) is the county that surrounds Bucharest, the capital of Romania. It used to be largely rural, but, after the fall of communism, many of the county's villages and communes developed into high-income commuter towns, which act like suburbs or satellites of Bucharest. The gentrification of the county is continuing, with many towns in Ilfov, such as Otopeni, having some of the highest GDP per capita levels in the country.


Ilfov County Tourist places in Ilfov County


Ilfov County Tourist places in Ilfov County

It has a population (excluding Bucharest) of 364,241. The population density is 230.09 per km². 40% of the population commutes and works in Bucharest, although, in recent years, many industrial plants were built outside Bucharest, in Ilfov county. It has an annual growth of about 4%.

Ilfov County in the past, History of Ilfov County
  • Romanians - 96.05%
  • Others - 3.95%
  • Geography

    The county has an area of 1,583 km² and it is situated in the Romanian Plain between the Argeș River and the Ialomița River.

    The main rivers that pass through the county are: Dâmbovița River, Colentina River and Gruiu River. Several lakes can be found in Ilfov county, notably Lake Cernica, Lake Snagov and Lake Căldărușani.


  • Prahova County in the north.
  • Ialomița County in the east.
  • Călărași County in the southeast.
  • Giurgiu County in the southwest.
  • Dâmbovița County in the west.
  • Economy

    The base occupation used to be the agriculture. Nowadays, due to the economical growth in Bucharest, many companies have opened their offices, production facilities or warehouses in the nearby villages, situated in the Ilfov County, thus making it the most developed county in Romania.

    The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Food and beverages industry
  • Textile industry
  • Mechanical components industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Paper industry
  • Furniture industry
  • Rubber industry
  • Electrical equipment industry
  • Transport equipment industry
  • Electronic and optical equipment
  • At Otopeni there is the main aerial transport hub in Romania - the Henri Coandă International Airport. Also all the main roads and railways leaving Bucharest pass through the county.


    The county has a large surface covered with forests and also due to its lakes, it is a frequent week-end and holiday destinations for the inhabitants of Bucharest.

    Other notable touristic sites are:

  • The Snagov Monastery
  • The Cernica Monastery
  • The Mogoșoaia Palace
  • The Căldărușani Monastery
  • The Ghica family palace in Moara Vlăsiei
  • The Știrbei Palace in Buftea
  • Politics

    The Ilfov County Council, elected at the 2016 local government elections, is made up of 33 counselors, with the following party composition:


    Most of today's Ilfov County used to be covered by Codrii Vlăsiei, a thick forest, but there were several Dacian settlements, most important being Argedava, on the right bank of the Argeș River in what is now Popești, which was the capital of king Burebista.

    The thick forests were useful for retreat during the migration age because they were not easy to cross on horseback. In fact, the name of the forest means "the Forests of the Vlachs" (Romanians), a name given by the Slavs who inhabited the nearby plains.

    The county was named after the Ilfov River and it appears for the first time in a 1482 donation act of voivode Vlad Călugărul to the monastery of Snagov. In earliest documents, it was known as Elhov. The name is of Slavic origin, being derived from елха, elha (alder) and possessive suffix -ov, referring to a river which flowed through an alder forest.

    Administrative divisions

    The county has 8 towns and 32 communes. The largest settlements by population are Voluntari, Pantelimon, Buftea and Popești-Leordeni. These are the only settlements with more than 20.000 residents. Unlike most other areas of Romania, the population in Ilfov County is increasing, as many of the settlements here are seen as suburbs of Bucharest and are increasingly attracting upper class families. At the 2011 census, 43% of the county's population was defined as urban.

    Vountari is the largest settlement, with a population of 42.944 at the 2011 census. It has experienced rapid population growth in recent years. There were serious debates about the city level awarded to Voluntari in 2004, as it is alleged that it was given in regard to the city's political affiliation, rather than population, development or any other objective features. Despite this, Voluntari did have a population of 30,000 at that time, and many other localities with this population have been given city-status in the past.

    Buftea is associated with the cinema of Romania; as the film studios MediaPro Pictures are located in Buftea.

    Otopeni was transformed into a town under the communist regime, as part of Nicolae Ceaușescu's systematization policy, with semidetached houses being replaced by four-storey blocks of flats.

    Before 1972, Ilfov County used to be one of the largest counties of Romania, but parts of it were added to neighbouring counties and nowadays it is the smallest (excluding the city of Bucharest, which has a special status). Between 1981 and 1997, it was called "Sectorul Agricol Ilfov" and it was not a separate county, but subordinate to the capital.

    1. Periș
    2. Ciolpani
    3. Gruiu
    4. Nuci
    5. Snagov
    6. Grădiștea
    7. Moara Vlăsiei
    8. Balotești
    9. Corbeanca
    10. Dascălu
    11. Petrăchioaia
    12. Otopeni (town status)
    13. Tunari
    14. Ștefăneștii de Jos
    15. Afumați
    16. Voluntari (town status)
    17. Găneasa
    18. Mogoșoaia
    19. Buftea (town status)
    20. Chitila (town status)
    21. Dragomirești-Vale
    22. Chiajna
    23. Dobroești
    24. Pantelimon (town status)
    25. Brănești
    26. Ciorogârla
    27. Domnești
    28. Clinceni
    29. Bragadiru (town status)
    30. Popești-Leordeni (town status)
    31. Glina
    32. Cernica
    33. Cornetu
    34. Măgurele (town status)
    35. Jilava
    36. Berceni
    37. Dărăști-Ilfov
    38. 1 Decembrie
    39. Vidra

    Ilfov County is the only county that has its capital outside of its territorial area, in Bucharest which is not part of the actual county. Initially, immediately after the 1968 reform of the public administration in communist Romania, Ilfov was a larger county, that comprised its present-day territory, the entire Giurgiu County, Bucharest and the western parts of Călăraşi and Ialomiţa counties. Later during the communist period, its territory was reduced to its current size and it became one of the sectors of Bucharest. It became again a county in 1997, when its capital was designated to be Bucharest. However, in 2005, some plans were proposed that would merge Bucharest with 90 other communes located to up to 40 km outside the city, in Ilfov County and other nearby counties into a "metropolitan area" of Bucharest, similar to Greater London. As of 2011, these plans did not happen, while a debate on the general administrative division of Romania was under way.


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