Romania
pre-metric units of length and area

See also Romanian units of mass and capacity.

Romania adopted the metric system by the laws of 15 September 1864 and 18 February 1875, making it compulsory after 1 January 1881. The government and large institutions were early adopters, but the old units continued to be used in small retail transactions for some years afterward.

Wallachia

 

stanjin  or serban voda

   

palma

8

 

deget

10

80

linie

10

100

800

2.458 mm

2.458 cm

24.58 cm

1.9665 m

The greu, a unit of length used for cloth, = 4.15 centimeters.

The poyon, a unit of land area, = 72 × 18 stanji = 1296 square stanji = 5,011.789 square meters.

Moldavia

 

stanjen

   

palme

8

 

deget

10

80

linie

10

100

800

2.7875 mm

2.7875 cm

27.875 cm

2.230 m

The gref, a unit of length used for cloth, = 3.981 centimeters.

The falce, a unit of land area, = 240 × 12 stanje = 2880 square stanje = 14,321.952 square meters.

Dobrogea

 

arsin

   

parmac

24

 

hat

12

 288

notha

12

144

3456

0.21 mm

2.6 mm

3.15 cm

75.8 cm

The girahe, a unit of length used for cloth, = 42.5 cm.

The domum, a unit of land area, = 40 × 40 arsini = 1600 square arsini = 919.3 square meters.

Larger cloth measures

     

cot

   

rup

8

 

grei?*

2

?

Wallachia

?

8.3 cm

66.4 cm

Moldavia

?

7.962 cm

63.7 cm

Drobrogea

?

8.5 cm

68 cm

       

*Our source is not clear on the grei and how it relates to the small cloth units listed under the individual territories.

Annuaire-almanach du commerce, de l'industrie, de la magistrature et de l'administration, etc., of 1887 (Paris: Firmin-Didot frères), page 2714.

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