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16 Rousing Facts about Romania

Is your local knowledge spot on or do you need a refresher? Take a look through our fun facts about Romania and learn something new today!

1. Where is Romania?

Home to Dracula(!), Romania is a beautiful country in Central Europe.

It is bordered by Ukraine to the north and east, Moldova to the east, Bulgaria to the south, Serbia and Montenegro to the southwest, and Hungary to the northwest. It also has a coastline along the Black Sea to the southeast.

2. Here’s what to tell your compass.

Are your friends’ fans of the Dracula stories or do they love trekking through wonderful scenery? Tell them to head for the coordinates of 44.4167° N, 26.1000° E and join you in a Romanian adventure!

3. It’s a truly green country.

The terrain here is an incredible mix of mountains and forests, with a central basin.

Flag of Romania

Flag of Romania

4. It’s about the same size as Britain.

The total land area of Romania is 92,043 square miles (238,391 square kilometers)…that’s around the same as the entire area of the UK.

5. However, it’s much more sparse.

Romania’s population was 19.29 million in 2020…that’s around one-third of the population of England!

6. What is the capital of Romania?

The capital is Bucharest; it covers an area of 88 square miles (228 square kilometers) and had a population of 1.83 million in 2019.

7. Romania’s parliament is massive.

Did you know that the Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is the largest parliamentary building in the world?

8. Remains of ancient life were discovered here.

In 2002, a cave in Romania was found to contain the bones of humans that were alive 40,000 years ago!

9. Street lighting debuted in Romania!

Timisoara was the first mainland European city to be lit by electric street lights in 1884!

a street scene in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

10. The climate is nice and predictable.

Romanians enjoy a temperate climate with warm, wet summers and cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow.

11. Here’s a no-brainer…

The official language of Romania is… Romanian! Although Hungarian and German are also spoken here.

12. Romania is well-known for its wine.

Romania is apparently the 9th largest wine producer in the world!

Peles Castle, Romania

Peles Castle, Romania

13. Here’s the finance fact…

Romanian Leu is the currency you’ll need to sample the local wine.

14. The fountain pen is a Romanian invention.

The invention of the fountain pen is credited to Petrache Poenaru, a Romanian-born inventor, don’t cha know?

15. Life goes on and on here!

The average life span here is 71 years.

Parliament building in Romania

The Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest

16. Here are some facts about the Romanian industry.

Romania grows wheat, corn, barley, and sugar beets and they also produce eggs here.

Its industry consists of textiles, footwear, mining, timber, light machinery, and car assembly.

Romania also exports textiles, footwear, metals, metal products, machinery and equipment, minerals, and fuels.

FAQs about Romania

Is Romania safe for me to visit?

On the whole, yes. Much as you’d expect from any country, however, Romania does suffer from some petty crime. So - be careful!

Is it cheap to live in Romania?

Generally, it’s quite affordable. Even out in Bucharest, you can live comfortably for less than $600 per month.

Can I buy and own land in Romania?

Only if you are a citizen of the European Union!

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