General Info about Romania

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  • Flag: red, yellow and blue, with blue near the flagpole
  • Form of state: bicameral Parliamentary Republic.
  • Surface: 238.391 square kilometers.
  • Neighbors: Romania is situated in South-East Europe. It has as neighbors a: Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova (to the East and North), Hungary (to the West and Northwest), Serbia (to the Southwest) and Bulgaria (to the South)
  • Population: 21.733.556 inhabitants, of which 89% are Romanians. The largest ethnic minorities are the Magyars and Székelys (7.1%) and the Roma (1.7%).
  • Religion: Christian orthodox majority (86,8 % of the population). Other religions: catholic (5 %), Greek catholic (1 %), Protestants (3,5 %).
  • The capital: the city of Bucharest (2.064.000 inhabitants), city attested first time in 1459.
  • Greenwich Mean Time: GMT + 3 hours during the summer (from last Sunday of March until the last Sunday of October) and GMT +2 hours during the rest of the year.
  • Climate: temperate continental. The average summer temperature is 22-24 degrees, reaching even values of 38 degrees. During the winter, the average temperature is 3 degrees below zero, reaching even values of 15-20 degrees below zero.
  • Gastronomy: mititei, sarmale, soups of vegetable and meat, palinca and wines.
  • Unit of measure: the meter (the metric system is in use); 1 km = 0,62 miles
  • National currency: LEU (RON), 1 leu = 100 bani
  • Currently banknotes: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 lei.
  • Currently coin: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani.
  • Currency exchange: in banks and exchange open at hotels, airports and railway stations, in supermarkets and in the main streets of the cities.
  • Credit cards: In the big hotels and restaurants, as well as in the supermarkets and big shops credit cards are accepted as: American Express, Master Card, VISA. The payment with credit cards continues being extended every day more.
  • Emergency Phone: 112 (emergency service across the country)
  • Documentation required for EU citizens: ID card or valid passport