|Founded||1408 (first official record)|
|• Mayor||Gheorghe Nichita (Social Democrat Party (Romania))|
|• City||93.9 km2 (36.3 sq mi)|
|• Metro||787.8 km2 (304.2 sq mi)|
|Population (July 01, 2007)|
|• Density||3,357/km2 (8,690/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+40 x32|
History[change | change source]
The Tatars burned the city down in 1513. The Ottoman Empire also burned the city down in 1538 and people from the Imperial Russian army did so again in 1686. As if that weren't enough for the people of Iaşi, the plague spread throughout the city in 1734.
Iaşi was the capital of Moldavia from 1568 to 1859. When World War I happened, Iaşi became the capital of Romania. This happened when the Central Powers took Bucharest on 6 December 1916. Bucharest became the capital again when Imperial Germany was defeated.
Geography[change | change source]
Iaşi can be found on the Bahlui River, which is a tributary of the Jijia. Forests and uplands are very common. These woods and hills include the monasteries of Cetăţuia, Frumoasa, and Galata. People have thought that Iaşi was built on seven hills (Cetăţuia, Galata, Copou-Aurora, Bucium-Păun, Şorogari, Repedea and Breazu in Romanian).
Population[change | change source]
The population of Iaşi has changed a bit over the years:
- 1859: 50,000
- 1900: 78,000
- 1930: 102,872
- 1948: 96,075
- 1966: 161,023
- 1977: 265,002
- 1992: 344,425
- 2002: 320,888
- 2004: 317,812 (Since July 4, 2004, the second-biggest city)
- 2006: 306,000 (the third-biggest city)
- 2007 (July 1st): 315,214 (second biggest city)
Sister cities[change | change source]
The following are the sister cities of Iaşi:
- Chişinău, Moldova.
- Assiut, Egypt.
- Atlanta, United States.
- Filacciano, Italy.
- Forano, Italy.
- Ilioupoli, Greece.
- Isfahan, Iran.
- Jericho, Palestine.
- Ramleh, Israel.
- Kozani, Greece.
- Monterrey, Mexico.
- Morlupo, Italy.
- Nazzano, Italy.
- Padua, Italy.
- Peristeri, Greece.
- Poitiers, France.
- Rhodes, Greece.
- Quebec City, Canada.
- Sant'Oreste, Italy.
- Torrita Tiberina, Italy.
- Villeneuve d'Ascq, France.
- Vinnytsia, Ukraine.
- Xi'an, China.
References[change | change source]
- "Populatia la 1 iulie 2007" (in Romanian). National Institute of Statistics. 2007-07-01. http://www.insse.ro/cms/rw/resource/populatia%20la%201%20iulie.htm?download=true. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
- Romania in cifre (see page 9)
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Iaşi|
- Iasi City Hall website
- (Romanian) Official site of the Iaşi police inspectorate
- Events in Iaşi
- Iasi Map