Main Births etc
Hungarian: Kovászna
German: Kowassen, Kowasna, Kovasna
—  Town  —
The main square

Coat of arms
Location of Covasna

Covasna is located in Romania
Location of Covasna
Coordinates: 45°50′57″N 26°11′7″E / 45.84917, 26.18528Coordinates: 45°50′57″N 26°11′7″E / 45.84917, 26.18528
Country  Romania
County Actual Covasna county CoA.png Covasna
Status Town
Subordinated villages
 • Mayor Lőrincz Zsigmond (UDMR)
 • Total 155.11 km2 (59.89 sq mi)
 • Total 11,369
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website Town website

Covasna (Hungarian: Kovászna
German: Kowassen, Kowasna, Kovasna ') is a town in Covasna county, Transylvania, Romania, at an altitude of 550–600 m.

Known as the "town of 1,000 mineral springs," Covasna is famous for its mineral waters. Each spring has a different mixture of minerals, chiefly carbon dioxide, sulfur, and ammonia. Its name is derived from the Slavic word Cvaz, meaning sour, referring to the taste of its mineral waters.


The town administers one village, Chiuruș (Hungarian: Csomakőrös). The village has a population of 451 and has an absolute Székely Hungarian majority.


According to the 2002 Census, Covasna has 11,369 inhabitants. It has a Hungarian majority: 7,549 or 66.4%. 3,672 (32.3%) Romanians also live in the town.

Demographic movement according to the censuses:


  • 1567 - First mentioned in a document.
  • 1952 - Covasna became a town.

Famous natives[]

The famous Hungarian explorer and linguist Sándor Kőrösi Csoma was born in Chiuruş/Csomakőrös in 1784. Kőrösi is widely seen as the founder of Tibetology, he was the compiler and author of the first Tibetan-English dictionary and grammar book. He died in Darjeeling, India in 1842.

A statue in his honour was erected in the centre of the village in 1972 and there is an exhibition in the cultural centre.

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