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Ovidiu mosque
Ovidiu mosque
Coat of arms of Ovidiu
Coat of arms
Ovidiu is located in Romania
Location of Ovidiu
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Country  Romania
Status Town
Component villages Poiana, Culmea
 • Mayor George Scupra[1] (Social Democratic Party)
 • Total 82.63 km2 (31.90 sq mi)
Population (2011[2])
 • Total Decrease12,342
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://www.primariaovidiu.ro/
For the Romanian given name and people named Ovidiu see Ovidiu (name).

Ovidiu (Romanian pronunciation: [oˈvidju], historical name: Canara, Turkish: Kanara) is a town situated a few kilometres north of Constanţa in the Constanţa County, south-eastern Romania. Ovidiu is quite small, with a population of around 12,000, and many wealthy inhabitants of Constanţa retire there.[citation needed]

In 1930, the town was renamed Ovidiu after the Roman poet Ovid (Latin: Ovidius). He was supposedly buried on a nearby small island (also called Ovidiu) in the Siutghiol Lake.


The town of Ovidiu administers the villages of Poiana (historical names: Cocoşul - until 1964, Turkish: Horozlar - until 1926) and Culmea. The latter was established in 2011 by legally separating from Ovidiu two territorially distinct communities, Social Group Culmea and Social Group Nazarcea.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1992 12,591 —    
2002 13,458 +6.9%
2011 12,342 −8.3%
Source: Census data

At the 2011 census, Ovidiu had 11,240 Romanians (91.07%), 3 Hungarians (0.02%), 229 Roma (1.86%), 3 Germans (0.02%), 358 Turks (2.90%), 396 Tatars (3.21%), 8 Lipovans (0.06%), 36 Aromanians (0.29%), 69 others (0.56%).



  1. "Elected mayors at the 2012 local election" (PDF) (in Romanian). Central Electoral Committee. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Constanta County at the 2011 census" (PDF) (in Romanian). INSSE. February 2, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>