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About Romania / Country Information




  • Year of EU entry: 2007
    Capital city: Bucharest
    Total area: 237 500 km²
    Population: 20,121, 641 (Just over 20 million)
    Currency:  leu (also known as lei or Ron)
    Time Zone: Eastern standard time (GMT+2)
    Schengen area: Not a member of Schengen
    Ethnic Groups:
    88.9% Romanian
    6.5% Hungarian
    3.3% Roma
    1.3% Other

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  • Romania like so many other countries has a rich yet complex history. Invasions, migrations and the shifting of power and borders makes it hard to provide an accurate historical record which all can agree on. What one must always keep in-mind when learning about any countries history is that often it is written by the winners.

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  • "Vlad the Impaler" is said to have killed anything between 40,000 to 100,000 European civilians mainly by using his favourite method of impaling them on a sharp pole.

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  • From 1947 to 1989 Romania fell behind the iron curtain.

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  • Under Nicolae Ceaușescu, both abortion and contraception were forbidden, leading to a rise in birth rates. This increase in the number of births resulted in many children being abandoned.

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  • Some two million Roma (the official name for Gypsies) live in Romania. The similarity in the names is coincidental.

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