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Population 1,883,425


Bucharest (UK: BOO-kə-REST, US: -⁠rest; Romanian: București [bukuˈreʃtʲ] (listen)) is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial center. It's in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57″N 26°06′14″E, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border. Bucharest was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the center of Romanian media, culture, and art. Its architecture is a mixture of historical (Neoclassical and Art Nouveau), interbellum (Bauhaus, and Art Deco), communist era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the elegance of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of'Paris of the East' (Romanian: Parisul Estului) or'Little Paris' (Romanian: Micul Paris). Although buildings and districts in the historic city center were heavily damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, and even Nicolae Ceaușescu's program of systematization, many lived and have been renovated. In recent years, the town has been undergoing an economic and cultural boom. It's one of the fastest-growing high-tech cities in Europe, according to Financial Times, CBRE, TechCrunch, and many others. UiPath, a global startup based in Bucharest, has reached over $10 billion in valuation. Since 2019, Bucharest hosts the biggest high tech summit in Southeast Europe (Romania Blockchain Summit).

In 2016, the historical city center was listed as'endangered' by the World Monuments Watch. In 2017, Bucharest was the European city with the highest growth of tourists that stay over night, according to the Mastercard Global Index of Urban Destinations. In terms of the previous two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, Bucharest ranked as the European destination with the highest potential for development based on the identical study.According to the 2011 census, 1,883,425 inhabitants live within the city limits, a decrease from the 2002 census. Adding the satellite towns around the urban area, the proposed metropolitan area of Bucharest would have a population of 2.27 million people. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Romanian government used 2.5 million individuals as the basis for reporting disease rate in the city. Bucharest is the fourth largest city in the European Union by population within city limits, after Berlin, Madrid, and Rome. Economically, Bucharest is the most flourishing town in Romania. The city has a lot of large conference facilities, educational institutes, cultural places, conventional'shopping arcades' and recreational areas. The town proper is administratively known as the'Municipality of Bucharest' (Municipiul București), and has the same administrative level as that of a nationwide county, being further subdivided into six sectors, each regulated by a local mayor.

Source: Wikipedia