[Overview] Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its political, economic, industrial, cultural, and transportation center. Situated in the southeastern corner of the Romanian Plain, the city has an average elevation of 85 meters. It covers an area of 228 square kilometers and has a population of 2.1 million.
[Politics] Bucharest is governed by the City Government, the General Council and the county-level government. The City Government is the executive body of the city and has real power. It comprises one Mayor, two Deputy Mayors and one Secretary-General. The Mayor is directly elected by the citizens for a term of four years. The Deputy Mayors are elected by the General Council based on the seats held by political parties. The General Council has 55 members. The county-level government is a special agency appointed by the central government and is responsible for supervising the implementation of the central government's policies and laws at the sub-national level. At the county-level, there are one prefect and two deputy prefects, all appointed by the central government with no real power. The city is divided into six administrative sectors, each of which has its own government and council. The sector mayor and councilors are elected by the citizens of the sector. The incumbent Mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, was elected in June 2016. The incumbent mayor of Bucharest, Nicușor Dan, started his mandate in October 2020.
[Economy] Bucharest is the economic and industrial center of Romania. Service and industrial sectors are the mainstay of its economy. Almost all major Romanian companies and international companies have their head offices in the city.
[Culture and Education] There are many museums, art galleries, and theaters in Bucharest, and the city's landmark buildings include the Palace of the Parliament and the Arcul de Triumf.
[Relations with Beijing] On June 21, 2005, Beijing and Bucharest officially became sister cities. They have actively engaged in cultural and educational exchanges.
Culture: The teachers and students of the Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) have visited Romania several times for the Happy Chinese New Year activities. In June 2019, BDA teachers and students participated in the “Music and Tradition” International Folk Art Festival in Bucharest.
Education: China University of Political Science and Law opened a Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest.