Bălţi

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Bălți
Municipality of Bălţi (in red) in Moldova
Municipality of Bălţi (in red) in Moldova
Country23x15px Moldova
MunicipalityBălți
CommunesSadovoe, Elizaveta
Founded1421
City rights1818
Government
 • TypeMunicipal Council
 • MayorVasile Panciuc, since 2011
Area
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 • Urban
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Elevation
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Population
 (2011)
 • City144,000
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 • Metro
148,900
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
MD-3100
Area code(s)+373 231 X-XX-XX
Licence plateBL XX 000
Websitewww.balti.md

Bălţi is the third-largest city in the country of Moldova. It is the major city in the northern part of the country. During the Russian Empire (1812-1917), and later the Soviet era (1940-1990) the name was also spelled Beltsy, from its form in Russian. The city is 135 km north of the capital Chişinău, on the small river Răut, a branch of the Dniester (Nistru). It is located on a hilly landscape that, in the Middle Ages, was covered with forest. This forest has since been almost entirely cut down.