About Onesti

Onesti
Municipality
View from Perchiu Hill

View from Perchiu Hill
Flag of Onești
Flag
Coat of arms of Onești
Coat of arms

Onești is located in Romania

Onești
Onești
Location of Onești
Coordinates: 46°15′31″N 26°46′09″E          Coordinates: 46°15′31″N 26°46′09″E
Country  Romania
County Bacău County
Status Municipality
Government
 • Mayor Nicolae Gnatiuc (PSD)
Area
 • Total 52.48 km2 (20.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,172
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Dfb
Website http://www.onestionline.ro

Onesti (Romanian pronunciation: [oˈneʃtʲ]; Hungarian: Ónfalva) is a city in Bacău County, Romania, with a population of 39,172 inhabitants. It is situated in the historical region of Western Moldavia.

Administratively, the villages of Slobozia and Borzești form part of Onești. Borzești, site of the Borzești Church, was the birthplace of Stephen III of Moldavia.

History

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1956 11,253
1966 35,663 +216.9%
1977 41,738 +17.0%
1992 58,810 +40.9%
2002 51,681 −12.1%
2011 39,172 −24.2%
Source: Census data

The city was founded as a village on December 14, 1458, and it is said that was named after prince Stephen the Great’s daughter, Oana, its overlord. At the death of the Communist leader Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej in March 1965, it was renamed Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, but the name was changed back in 1996.

Geography

Onesti is located in the Trotuș Depression at an altitude of 175 m.

Culture

Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of the city, whose inhabitants are predominantly Romanian Orthodox. St. Nicholas Day, 6 December, is the municipal day of Onesti.

Natives

  • Diana Chelaru, gymnast
  • Nadia Comăneci, gymnast
  • Loredana Groza, singer
  • Ana Maria Pavăl, amateur wrestler

Twin towns and sister cities

  • Moldova Strășeni, Moldova (2015)

Skien, Norway and Eysines, France

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