Coordinates: 46°16′N 21°18′E / 46.267°N 21.300°E / 46.267; 21.300
Country  Romania
County Arad County
Population (2002)[1] 2,566
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Șofronea (Hungarian: Sofronya) is a commune in Arad County, Romania, lies in the Aradului Plateau and it stretches over 3490 ha. It is composed of two villages, Sânpaul (Szentpál) and Șofronea (situated at 10 km from Arad).


According to the last census the population of the commune counts 2566 inhabitants. From an ethnical point of view it has the following structure: 64,0% are Romanians, 35,1% Hungarians, 0,5% Germans, 0,3% Ukrainians and 0,1% are of other or undeclared nationalities.


The first documentary record of Șofronea dates back to 1437, while Sânpaul was first mentioned in 1235.


The commune's present-day economy can be characterized by a powerful dynamic force with significant developments in all the sectors. Commerce and light industry are intensively present on the commune's economic map.


Its most attended touristical sights are the springs of thermal water with therapeutic effect in the treatment of rheumatic diseases and the complex of the Purgly Castle with its park and households, an architectural complex dating from the end of the 19th century, registered in the national cultural patrimony.

Coordinates: 46°16′N 21°18′E / 46.267°N 21.300°E / 46.267; 21.300


  1. Romanian census data, 2002; retrieved on March 1, 2010
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