In terms of area and number of inhabitants, the city of Iași is estimated to be the second biggest city in Romania after Bucharest. The city has grown a lot in recent years, becoming the undisputed center of economic development in the region of Moldova. All statistics and studies place Iași among the top five Romanian cities in terms of speed of economic and social development, as well as potential for future development.

Iași is located in the eastern part of the Moldavian Plain (please see map below), and it was the capital city of the Moldovian region in the past. The city is crossed by three watercourses – Bahlui river, Nicolina river and the Șorogari brook. Similar to city of Rome, Iași is a city that spreads on seven hills. The hills’ heights range from 40 to 400 meters, and each of them has a name: Cetățuia, Galata, Copou, Bucium-Păun, Șorogari, Repedea and Breazu.

The hills divide the city and set natural borders for each of the neighborhoods. In the last 10 to 20 years, the urban development spread so much that it reached the localities around the city as well. In all this time, the city of Iași developed equally toward all Cardinal points.

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