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Vâlcea County

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Country  Romania
Area  5,765 km2

Capital  Ramnicu Valcea
Population  413,247 (2004)
Valcea County Beautiful Landscapes of Valcea County
Destinations  Ramnicu Valcea, Dragasani, Horezu, Calimanesti, Brezoi

Vâlcea (also spelt Vîlcea; [ˈvɨlt͡ʃe̯a]) is a county (județ) of Romania. Located in the historical regions of Oltenia and Muntenia (which are separated by the Olt River), it is also part of the wider Wallachia region. Its capital city is Râmnicu Vâlcea.


Map of Vâlcea-County


Valcea County Tourist places in Valcea County

In 2011, it had a population of 355,320 and the population density was 61.63/km².

  • Romanians - over 98%
  • Roma, others.
  • Geography


    This county has a total area of 5,765 km².

    The North side of the county is occupied by the mountains from the Southern Carpathians group - The Făgăraș Mountains in the East with heights over 2200 m, and the Lotru Mountains in the West with heights over 2000 m. They are separated by the Olt River valley - the most accessible passage between Transylvania and Muntenia. Along the Olt River Valley there are smaller groups of mountains, the most spectacular being the Cozia Mountains.

    Towards the South, the heights decrease, passing through the sub-carpathian hills to a high plain in the West side of the Romanian Plain.

    The main river is the Olt River crossing the county from North to South. Its main affluents are the Lotru River in the North and the Olteț River in the South.


  • Argeș County in the East.
  • Gorj County and Hunedoara County in the West.
  • Sibiu County and Alba County in the North.
  • Dolj County and Olt County in the South.
  • Economy

    The city of Râmnicu Vâlcea is the most industrialised in the county, the rest of the county having an agrarian development.

    The predominant industries in the county are:

  • Chemical industry.
  • Food and beverage industry.
  • Textile industry.
  • Mechanical components industry.
  • Construction materials.
  • Wood and furniture industry.
  • In the West of the county coal and salt are extracted.

    The area in the center of the county is well suited for fruit orchards, wines and raising cattle. The South is better suited for growing cereals and vegetables.

    More information about Valcea County economy on Valcea Chamber of Commerce and Industry


    The main tourist destinations are:

  • The Olt River Valley:
  • The Călimănești-Căciulata resorts
  • The Cozia Monastery.
  • The Turnu Monastery.
  • The Cozia Mountains.
  • Various small churches and fortifications.
  • The Lotru River valley:
  • The town of Brezoi.
  • The Lotru Mountains.
  • The Voineasa Resort
  • The Vidra Resort
  • The Obârșia Lotrului Resort.
  • The city of Râmnicu Vâlcea.
  • The Băile Govora Resort.
  • The Băile Olănești Resort.
  • Politics

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

    Administrative divisions

    Vâlcea County has 2 municipalities, 9 towns and 78 communes

  • Municipalities
  • Drăgășani
  • Râmnicu Vâlcea - capital city; population: 92,573 (as of 2011)
  • References

    Vâlcea County Wikipedia

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