It is a county in Transylvania, Romania. It was founded in 1968 by the territorial reorganization of the Cluj Region (from the districts of Bistrita and Nasaud). Most of today's county was part of Nasaud County (interwar) and of Bistrita-Nasaud County (pre-war). The cultural, educational and economic center of the county is Bistrita. The county is administratively divided into one municipality, 3 cities and 58 communes with 235 villages. It borders with Cluj, West, Maramures, North, Suceava, and Mures in the south.
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