Suceava is the largest city and the seat of Suceava County, in the historical region of Bukovina, situated in north-eastern Romania. It is a significant economic urban centre of the Romanian Nord-Est development region. The city has an estimated population of 116,404 people (2016) and a larger metropolitan population of 176,016.
In the past few years Suceava started to evolve more rapidly. Suceava is the place of several medieval sites that are closely linked with the history of Principality of Moldavia, and was the capital city of the former Principality of Moldavia between 1388 and 1565. Suceava is a starting point for trips to historical, cultural and natural attractions in the Buckvina region, particularly one of Romania’s main cultural treasures—the painted monasteries of Bucovina.
Since the move to democracy, the city has been keen to attract foreign investment and is undergoing major renovation to improve the quality of life of its citizens, but also to boost its potential for tourism and as a base for new industries. The local industry is based on glass production, wood processing, textiles, mechanical parts and construction materials. The city has its own airport, located 12km east of the centre.
The main university of the city (and also of the entire county) is the Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava established in 1990.