Slatina, Romania

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Slatina
Coat of arms of Slatina
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Coordinates: 44°25′47″N 24°21′51″E / 44.42972°N 24.36417°E / 44.42972; 24.36417Coordinates: 44°25′47″N 24°21′51″E / 44.42972°N 24.36417°E / 44.42972; 24.36417
Country
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 Romania
County Olt County
Status County capital
Government
 • Mayor Darius Bogdan Vâlcov (Democratic Liberal Party)
Population (2002)
 • Total 79,171
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariaslatina.ro/

Slatina (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈslatina]) is the capital city of Olt county, Romania, on the river Olt.

The city administers one village, Cireaşov.

History

The town of Slatina was first mentioned on January 20, 1368 in an official document issued by Vladislav I Vlaicu, Prince of Wallachia. The document stated that merchants from the Transylvanian city of Braşov would not pay customs when passing through Slatina. The word Slatina is of Slavic origin, stemming from Slam-tina, "salted land" or "salty water"; a small minority promotes the theory that the term originates in the Latin "Salatina".

Economy

Alro Slatina, the largest aluminum producing factories in Southeastern Europe, is located in the city. Other companies based in Slatina include ALPROM (which, like ALRO, is a subsidiary of VIMETCOGROUP), Altur (engine set manufacturer), Pirelli Tires Romania (tire-manufacturer), Cord Romania (steel cord for tires), and Benteler.

One of the oldest private businesses in Romania is the Slatina-based pastry shop La atletul albanez ("The Albanian Athlete").[1]

Sport

There is an association football club in Slatina, Alro Slatina, that plays in Liga II (the second league of Romania).

The city is also home to KZN Slatina, a women's team handball club which plays in the second handball league of Romania.

Notable natives

References

External links

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