My friends have to listen to me talk about Romania almost all the time. And that is because I am
a proud Romanian and I am not ashamed to show it. My country offers a variety of landscape forms: from the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube Delta to the Black Sea.
Here is what LonelyPlanet.com has to say about Romania:
Horse-drawn carts jostle for space against fast cars whose drivers are talking money on mobile phones; farm workers watch Baywatch courtesy of satellite dishes standing in the rear yard of their medieval farmhouse. Romania is clawing itself forward, slowly and surely sloughing off the remnants of the Ceausescu era. The transition is not easy, and for some it's downright painful. In the middle of the picturesque scenery and the headlong rush to development where the money is fast and the suits Armani, parts of the country are being left out.
But in 1996 a neocommunist government was voted out and replaced by one talking about genuine reform, so the country is not without hope. Romania has majestic castles, medieval towns, great hiking and wildlife, and the cheap skiing of much of the 'undiscovered' former Eastern Bloc. And the Romanians, despite being among Europe's poorest people, generally haven't cottoned on to the scams and ploys so common elsewhere to separate travelers from their money. You'll be floored at how different Romania is, but you'll almost certainly see signs that it's chasing the dreams of the rest of the West.
Learn some basic facts about Romania:
Geographic location: South-East of Central Europe, North of the Balkan Peninsula, in the Lower Danube basin, bordering on the Black Sea.
Area: 238,391 sq.km (12th largest in Europe).
Geological Age: The same as the European Continent, roughly 550 million years.
Physical features: Mountains (31%), hills and plateaus (33%), plains (36%).
Population: (according to the January 1992 census) 22,788,993 inhabitants.
Official Language: Romanian.
National day: December 1 (anniversary of the 1918 union of all Romanians into a single state).
Form of government: Republic, according to the Constitution voted by Parliament on 21 November 1991 and validated by national referendum on 8 December 1991. The two-chamber Parliament (the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate), elected for a four-year term, and is the people's supreme representative body and the sole law-making authority. The president is elected by universal vote for two four-year terms at the most. The Government, validated by Parliament, provides general management of the public administration.
The data featured in this page is taken from the Statistical Yearbook of Romania (2000)
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