Interesting Facts About Romania

One of our writers had recently visited a country of Romania, where the East, West, South and North mix up. He prepared this article in order to share impressions from the trip.

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Romania Facts

  1. The capital of Romania has been known for its cultural legacy and luxurious places of interest. That is why the city is often called “The Little Paris of the East”.
  2. Hungarian and German languages are next popular to the Romanian language here. 90% of population speaks native tongue, 7% communicate in Hungarian (mainly Transylvania region), and 2% of citizens have German as their native language.
  3. Romania’s square is 9-th in Europe, and its population quantity is 7-th on the list of European countries.
  4. In Romania, 99% of men and 97% of women who reached their 15 can read and write.
  5. The dominating religion in Romania is Orthodoxy (87% of citizens are adepts of this religion). 7% are Protestants, 4.5% - Catholics, and the rest of 1.5% are Muslims and atheists.
  6. Bran castle is one of the most popular objects of tourism. It was built in XIV century and is thought to be the residence of a fictional character – Dracula. This world-famous hero was created by the Irish writer Bram Stocker. He took Dracula from Romanian folklore.
  7. 7 objects of UNESCO cultural legacy are in Romania. Only one of them is natural – the delta of Dunai river. This place of interest is one of the most popular in Romania, and is claimed to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
  8. Interesting thing: soccer is the most popular sports in Romania. The country’s national team got to the final part of World Championship 7 times in its history. The greatest achievement was getting into WC’94 quarterfinals. “Steaua”, the Romanian football club, became the first Champion's league winner from the Eastern Europe in 1986.
  9. Romania is famous of its scientists. For instance, George Marinesku, the professor of Bucharest medical faculty, was the first human in the world who saw neural cells under the microscope. It was the great step forward in human history!
  10. Romanian kitchen has been formed under the influence of other countries. The most popular dish is “Sarma” (cabbage rolls), consistent of a cut meat, rolled into cabbage leaves with other ingredients. Romanian people traditionally eat pork on Christmas, and mutton on Easter.
  11. Bucharest is the capital of Romania. This is the main cultural and economic center of the country. It is the most populated city of the South-Eastern Europe, too. The population of Bucharest is 1,9 million citizens. The overall square is 228 sq.km.
  12. Romania became the official member of UN in 1955, NATO in 2004 and EU in 2007.
  13. Main colors of Romanian national flag are red, yellow and blue. It is thought that the red color symbolizes blood of people who fought for their country, yellow means wheat, that is people’s food, and blue – is for the blue sky.
  14. Romania’s Independence Day is celebrated on the 9th of May. On this day in 1877, Romania separated from Osman Empire.
  15. In 1694, there was opened the St. Sava’s Academy – the first higher educational establishment. It is interesting to know, that nowadays there is 21 university functioning in Bucharest. More than 100 000 students stud in this city.
  16. The official currency of Romania is called “lei”. It means “lion” if to translate that word into English. Yet euro is also being in use.
  17. Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was executed in 1989 for political and economic crimes against his people. Curious fact: sociological quiz took place recently, where 84% of today’s Romanian citizens regret dictator’s death, and 41% would vote for him on next president elections if he was alive!
  18. Population density of Romania is more than 90 citizens per 1 sq. km.
  19. Country’s area is 238 391 sq. km.
  20. According to the data of European commission, Romanian economics show stable growth. The biggest economical branch is agriculture, more than 30% of citizens are busy with it.
  21. Sibiu, the Romanian town, was claimed to be a cultural capital of Europe in 1991 (together with Luxembourg).

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