26 Facts About Bucharest

1. In 2017, Bucharest was the European city with the highest growth of tourists who stay over night, according to the Mastercard Global Index of Urban Destinations.

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2. Bucharest is the fourth largest city in the European Union by population within city limits, after Berlin, Madrid, and Rome, just ahead of Paris.

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3. Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and the richest capital and city in the region, surpassing Budapest a few years ago.

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4. In Romanian, the word stem bucurie means 'joy', and it is believed to be of Dacian origin, hence the city Bucharest means 'city of joy'.

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5. Under subsequent rulers, Bucharest was established as the summer residence of the royal court.

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6. In 1862, after Wallachia and Moldavia were united to form the Principality of Romania, Bucharest became the new nation's capital city.

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7. On 23 August 1944, Bucharest was the site of the royal coup which brought Romania into the Allied camp.

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8. Romanian Revolution of 1989 began with massive anti-Ceausescu protests in Timisoara in December 1989 and continued in Bucharest, leading to the overthrow of the Communist regime.

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9. Bucharest is situated in the center of the Romanian Plain, in an area once covered by the Vlasiei Forest, which after it was cleared, gave way for a fertile flatland.

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10. Since 29 October 2020 onwards, the general mayor of Bucharest is Nicusor Dan, currently an independent politician previously backed by the PNL-USR PLUS centre-right alliance at the 2020 Romanian local elections.

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11. Bucharest is home to Romania's supreme court, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, as well as to the Constitutional Court of Romania.

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12. The difficult situation of the quality of life in Bucharest is confirmed by a vast urbanism study, done by the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism.

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13. Bucharest is Romania's largest centre for information technology and communications and is home to several software companies operating offshore delivery centres.

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14. Bucharest is a major intersection of Romania's national road network.

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15. In 2013, the number of cars registered in Bucharest amounted to 1,125,591.

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16. InterContinental Bucharest is a high-rise five-star hotel near University Square and is a landmark of the city.

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17. Therme Bucharest is the largest thermal bath complex in Europe.

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18. In 2005, Bucharest was the first city in Southeastern Europe to host the international CowParade, which resulted in dozens of decorated cow sculptures being placed across the city.

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19. In 2004, Bucharest imposed in the circle of important festivals in Eastern Europe with the Bucharest International Film Festival, an event widely acknowledged in Europe, having as guests of honour famous names from the world cinema: Andrei Konchalovsky, Danis Tanovic, Nikita Mikhalkov, Rutger Hauer, Jerzy Skolimowski, Jan Harlan, Radu Mihaileanu, and many others.

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20. Museum of Romanian History is another important museum in Bucharest, containing a collection of artefacts detailing Romanian history and culture from the prehistoric times, Dacian era, medieval times, and the modern era.

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21. Bucharest is the seat of the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, one of the Eastern Orthodox churches in communion with the Patriarch of Constantinople, and of its subdivisions, the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrudja and the Archbishopric of Bucharest.

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22. Bucharest is headquarters of most of the national television networks and national newspapers, radio stations and online news websites.

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23. The largest daily newspapers in Bucharest include Evenimentul Zilei, Jurnalul National, Cotidianul, Romania Libera, and Adevarul, while the biggest news websites are HotNews, Ziare.

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24. The largest indoor arena in Bucharest is the Romexpo Dome with a seating capacity of 40,000.

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25. Bucharest hosted annual races along a temporary urban track surrounding the Palace of the Parliament, called Bucharest Ring.

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26. Bucharest hosted the UEFA Euro 2020 championship at the Arena Nationala or Bucharest National Arena.

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