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Oraşul Budeşti
Foro Budeshti
—  Town  —
Location of Budeşti
Coordinates: 44°13′48″N 26°27′0″E / 44.23°N 26.45°E / 44.23; 26.45
Country  Romania
County Călăraşi County
Status Town
 - Mayor Lucia Lefter (National Liberal Party)
 - Total 93 km2 (35.9 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 - Total 9,702
 - Density 104.3/km2 (270.1/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Budeşti (Budeshti) is a small provincial town in Călăraşi County, approximately 30 km south-east of Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Three villages are administered by the town: Aprozi, Buciumeni and Gruiu. Budeşti was the birthplace of famous Romanian violin player Ion Voicu. It has a population of 9,702 people. Near Budeşti, the Dâmboviţa river flows into the Argeş River.


According to the 2002 census, Budeşti is the Romanian town with the largest proportion of Roma, and the only urban area where Roma make up more than 20% of the total population. Budeşti is also the only town in Romania where the Romani language has co-official status alongside Romanian, with education, signage and public service provided in both languages. 78.95% of the town's population is of Romanian ethnicity, 21.00% is of Roma ethnicity and 0.04% is of other ethnicity.

In terms of religion, 99.59% of the population declared themselves to be Romanian Orthodox in the 2002 census, 0.28% are Pentecostal, and 0.11% declared another religion.

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