For the village in Hunedoara County, see Densuş.

Coat of arms

Location of Ştei
Coordinates: 46°32′24″N 22°28′12″E / 46.54000°N 22.47000°E / 46.54000; 22.47000Coordinates: 46°32′24″N 22°28′12″E / 46.54000°N 22.47000°E / 46.54000; 22.47000
Country  Romania
County Bihor County
Status Town
  Mayor Iulian Balaj (National Liberal Party)
  Total 6.57 km2 (2.54 sq mi)
Population (2002)
  Total 8,637
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb
Website http://www.stei.ro
IMB Palace

Ștei (Hungarian: Vaskohsziklás) is a town in Bihor County, western Transylvania, Romania. Between 1958 and 1996, it was named Dr. Petru Groza, after the Romanian socialist leader who had died in 1958.


Historical population
1956 5,874    
1966 5,754−2.0%
1977 7,794+35.5%
1992 10,415+33.6%
2002 9,466−9.1%
2011 6,144−35.1%
Source: Census data

The town was founded in 1952, near a village of the same name, as an industrial centre for the grinding of uranium mined in nearby Băița (serving the intensive mining development set as an imperative by the Romanian Communist regime).


According to the last census from 2011 there were 6,144 people living within the city.

Of this population, 96.6% are ethnic Romanians, while 2.88% are ethnic Hungarians and 0.5% others.[1]


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