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|• Mayor||Sorin Oprescu (Independent)|
|• Prefect||Georgeta Gavrila|
|• Capital City||228 km2 (88 sq mi)|
|• Urban||285 km2 (110 sq mi)|
|Elevation||55.8–91.5 m (183.1–300.2 ft)|
|• Capital City||1,883,425|
|• Rank||1st in Romania|
|• Density||8,260/km2 (21,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|1Romanian law stipulates that Bucharest has a special administrative status which is equal to that of a County;|
2Bucharest metropolitan area is a proposed project.
Bucharest is the capital city of Romania. It is the largest city in the country. The city has a population of 1.9 million people. It is made up of 6 "sectors". It has a humid continental climate (Cfa in the Koeppen climate classification). It became the capital of Romania in 1862. It is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. Bucharest is the 6th largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.
According to European standards, Bucharest is an old city. The first mention of it appears in 1459. Its eclectic architecture is a mixture of historical, transitional, Communist and modern styles. In the period between the two World Wars, thanks to the elegant urban architecture and ingenuity of the urban elite, Bucharest was named "Paris of the East", or "Little Paris" (Micul Paris).