Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania (after Bucharest – the capital city), with a population of more than 320 thousands, plus tens of thousands of students from other places coming to the city to study each year.
Cluj-Napoca is equally an economic and cultural center of Romania.
The city represents the place where the largest banking group in Romania (Banca Transilvania - BT Grup) was founded and where the group is currently headquartered, Cluj-Napoca being an important financial and banking center in which all the main actors of the Romanian financial-banking sector are active.
At the same time, Cluj-Napoca hosts the regional or national headquarters of many multinational companies: E.ON, MOL, Emerson, De'Longhi, Bosch, Office Depot, Genpact, FrislandCampina, New Yorker etc.
Also, a large part of the Romanian IT sector is located in Cluj-Napoca, big companies in the industry being headquartered or having branches in the city: NTT Data, Endava, Softvision, Fortech, Iquest Technologies, Arobs, Accenture etc. Thus, Cluj-Napoca is quickly becoming Romania’s technopolis. The city itself was actually awarded a special prize for excellence in digitalization by the Romanian Municipalities Association in 2017.
The remarkable urban architecture, the numerous cultural and religious attractions (museums, churches, theaters, cinemas, monuments and historical buildings, etc.), the variety of restaurants, bars and shopping centers, as well as the great diversity of cultural events taking place annually in the city or in its proximity (e.g. Transylvania International Film Festival, Untold Festival, Electric Castle Festival, Jazz in the Park Festival and many more) make Cluj-Napoca one of the most attractive cities for young people, the city being designated European Youth Capital in 2015 and European City of Sports in 2018.
A recent study among 41,000 people in 79 European cities by the Office for National UK Statistics has designated Cluj-Napoca as the friendliest European city.
Cluj-Napoca is one of the most important academic centers in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, with about 100,000 students living in the city. Six public universities are active in Cluj-Napoca, among which Babeș-Bolyai University being the largest.
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