Facts about Romania

Romania

Area:

238.391 km2

Population:

20.121.641 (20 October 2011 census)

Capital City:

Bucharest

Main Ethnic Groups:

Romanian (88.9%)

Hungarian (6.5%)

Other minorities (4.6%)

Languages:

Romanian (state language)

Religion(s):

Orthodox (86.5%)

Roman Catholicism (5.4%)

Protestantism (6.1%)

Other religions(2%)

Currency:

Leu, plural Lei (often referred to as RON)

Main Cities
 
Bucharest - is Romania's capital and the largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. According to 2011 census, 1,883,425 inhabitants live within the city limits. The urban area extends beyond the limits of Bucharest proper and has a population of 1.93 million people.Adding the satellite towns around the urban area, the proposed metropolitan area of Bucharest would have a population of 2.27 million people. According to unofficial data, the population is more than 3 million. Bucharest is the 6th largest city in the European Union by population within city limits.
 
Ia?i - (Romanian pronunciation: ['ja??]) is a county (judet) of Romania, in Moldavia, with the administrative seat at Ia?i.
 
Cluj-Napoca - commonly known as Cluj, is the third most popular city in Romania.
 
Romania has a unique culture, which is the product of its geography and of its distinct historical evolution. Like Romanians themselves, it is defined as the meeting point of three regions: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Public holidays in Romania are - Easter, Christmas, New Year, Labor Day, National Day on 1st of December, Saint Days. There are lots of folk celebrations as well – e.g Martisor Day, on the first of March, when men offer  women a pendant called "martisor", which is a small decorative object than can be worn as a broach.
 
Famous people from Romania
 
  • Mihai Eminescu - He is the best-known Romanian poet.
  • George Enescu - Violinist and pianist, composer, conductor and pedagogue.
  • Eugen Ionesco - Artist recognized for his merits of having invented the theatre of the absurd.
  • Henri Coanda - Bucharest-born inventor of the jet plane.
 
Romanian cuisine
 
Romanian cuisine is famous for meats such as pork, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, dairy products, fruit and wine.
One of the most common dishes is "mamaliga", a cornmeal mush served on its own or as an accompaniment. Pork is the preferred meat, but beef, lamb, and fish are also popular.
Papanasi - round donuts filled with sweet cheese, topped with sour cream and cherry or blueberry jam.

 

Basic words in Romanian

English

Romanian

Hello

Boo-nuh Zee-wah

Good morning

Boo-nuh dee-mee-nyah-tsah

Good afternoon

Boo-nuh Zee-wah

Good evening

Boo-nuh Syah-rah

Good night

Nwahp-teh Boo-nuh

Please

Te rog

Thank you

Mool-tsoo-mesk

Sorry

Um pah-reh row

How are you?

Cheh my fahch?

I am well, thank you

Soont bee-neh