Main Births etc
German: Nussdorf,
Nussendorf, Nassendorf,
Nösenstadt, Nassaden

Hungarian: Naszód
—  Town  —
City hall of Năsăud

Coat of arms
Location of Năsăud in Bistriţa-Năsăud County

Năsăud is located in Romania
Location of Năsăud in Romania
Coordinates: 47°17′0″N 24°24′24″E / 47.283333, 24.40667
Country  Romania
County Actual Bistrita-Nasaud county CoA.png Bistrița-Năsăud
Subordinated villages
 • Mayor Mircea Homocea (USL)
 • Total 43.25 km2 (16.70 sq mi)
Elevation 330 m (1,080 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 9 587
 • Density 246/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Năsăud (German: Nussdorf, Nussendorf, Nassendorf, Nösenstadt, Nassaden, Hungarian: Naszód) is a town in Bistrița-Năsăud County in Romania located in the historical region of Transylvania. The town administers two villages, Liviu Rebreanu and Lușca. At the 2011 census, 93.6% of inhabitants were Romanians, 5.5% Gypsies and 0.6% Hungarians.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1930 3,512
1948 3,716 +5.8%
1956 5,725 +54.1%
1966 6,620 +15.6%
1977 8,610 +30.1%
1992 12,176 +41.4%
2002 11,365 −6.7%
2011 9,077 −20.1%
Source: Census data

The name Năsăud is possibly derived from the Slavic nas voda, meaning "near the water". Another etymology is from Nußdorf (Nussdorf, "walnut tree village"), the Transylvanian Saxon name of the town during the Middle Ages.

A former Habsburg border town known for its border regiments with panache and good schools, Năsăud saw industrial expansion during the communist era and industrial collapse after 1989. Local economic activity revolves around the remittance economy generated by massive outmigration to Spain and Italy during the early 2000s.

Năsăud still has a few late 18th and early 19th century buildings left standing. Most remarkable in this regard is the local Romanian Greek Catholic church and the former military headquarters of the Habsburg era military regiment, now a museum. Although the town hall is located in its midst, the 19th century center of the town has been left to decay.

The economic upturn of the mid 2000s has translated into a livelier city life and infrastructure improvements. Most notable in this regard are the refurbishing of the old military headquarters (now a museum), better roads and more bar/restaurant options.

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