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Coat of arms of Covasna
Coat of arms
Location of Covasna
Location of Covasna
Covasna is located in Romania
Location of Covasna
Coordinates: 45°50′57″N 26°11′7″E / 45.84917°N 26.18528°E / 45.84917; 26.18528Coordinates: 45°50′57″N 26°11′7″E / 45.84917°N 26.18528°E / 45.84917; 26.18528
Country  Romania
County Covasna County
Status Town
 • Mayor Gyerő József (UDMR)
 • Total 155.11 km2 (59.89 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 11,369
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
The statue of Sándor Kőrösi Csoma

Covasna (Romanian pronunciation: [koˈvasna] (About this sound listen), Hungarian: Kovászna, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkovaːsnɒ] (About this sound listen), German: Kowasna) is a town in Covasna County, Transylvania, Romania, at an altitude of 550–600 m. It is known for its natural mineral waters and mofettas.

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 2011 census, Covasna has 10,265 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.
  • 1880 - Covasna has flourished as a health resort since the 1880s
  • 1952 - Covasna became a town.
  • 1970's - Several hotels and cure centers were built in Covasna.
  • 2000's - Covasna is a nationally important spa town in Romania, famous for cardiovascular treatments.

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Covasna is twinned with:


The Hungarian explorer and linguist Sándor Kőrösi Csoma was born in Chiuruș/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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