Urziceni

Urziceni (Romanian pronunciation: [urziˈt͡ʃenʲ]) is a city in Ialomița County, Romania, located around 60 km north-east of Bucharest. It has a population of 14,053: 93.1% Romanians, 4.6% Roma and 1.6% Hungarians.

Urziceni
Municipality
The Orthodox church in the city center

Coat of arms
Urziceni
Location of Urziceni
Coordinates: 44°43′5″N 26°38′43″E
Country Romania
CountyIalomița County
StatusMunicipality
Government
  MayorConstantin Sava (National Liberal Party)
Area
  Total53.57 km2 (20.68 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
  Total14,053
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Websitewww.urziceni.ro

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1912 3,437    
1930 8,616+150.7%
1948 4,425−48.6%
1956 6,061+37.0%
1966 9,291+53.3%
YearPop.±%
1977 12,476+34.3%
1992 19,483+56.2%
2002 19,088−2.0%
2011 14,053−26.4%
Source: Census data

As the census of 2011 results shows, Urziceni is ranked in 3rd place in Ialomița County, after Slobozia and Fetești with 14053 stable residents, there are 6765 males and 7288 females.

Origins

Founded by Romanian shepherds, its name is derived from the word "urzică" (nettle). It was mentioned for the first time in a written document on 23 April 1596, during the reign of Mihai Viteazul. It gained in 1831 the status of market town and in 1895 the city status. For 117 years, it was the capital of Ialomiţa county (between 1716 and 1833).

Soccer Record

A little town by any standards, Urziceni is perhaps best known for its football team, Unirea Urziceni. Urziceni holds the record for the smallest town to have a team in the Champions League after Fontvieille, hometown of AS Monaco FC. The team wound up a year later.

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