Bucharest is Romania's capital and at the same time, the largest city industrial and commercial center of the country. Population of 1,944,367 inhabitants (est. January 1, 2009) is that Bucharest is the sixth city in population in the European Union. In fact, however, Bucharest gather daily over three million people, and experts predict that over the next five years, the total will exceed four million. Add to this the fact that the settlements around the city, which will be part of future metropolitan area population totals about 430,000 inhabitants.