Romania

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Bucharest

Bucharest is the capital city, as well as the economic, administrative, and cultural center of Romania. Bucharest lies in the southeast of the country on the Dambovita River with population about 2.5 million. Bucharest is actually the 6th largest city in the EU by population, but Bucharest it the largest city in Romania.

Where is it located?

Romania is located halfway between the Equator and the Northpole. Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest and Serbia to the southwest. Romania is north of the Balkan Peninsula and on the western shore of the Black Sea.

Tourism

While in Romania some great places to check out would be Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and the Bigar Cascade Waterfall. All of these sites are stunning and have amazing views. Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania covered in beautiful architecture. The castle is made from bricks, stones, marble, and wood, and has over 160 rooms. Bran castle is a very popular tourist site as it is also referred to as Dracula's Castle. Located in Transylvania (Central Romania). Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. Lastly (but not least) the Bigar Cascade Waterfall. Located in the Western part of Romania, The Bigar waterfall or as locals call it “the miracle from the Minis Canyon” and “Coronini”, it is a part of the Minis River. The Bigar waterfall is almost 8 meters tall, and covered year round with a green layer of moss.

Physical Features

Approximately one third of Romania is mountainous, one third is covered by hills, and one third consists of plains and tablelands. The "Spine" of Romania is formed by the eastern Carpathian mountains that swing through Romania in an arc. On the eastern and southern fringes of the Carpathians, are the foothills and grassy plateaus of Moldavia and Walachia, extending to the Prut River on the east and the Danube on the south.

Facts

  • The first ever perfect 10 in the Olympic Games was given to Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci.


  • The Romanian language is 1,700 years old


  • Romania has a national day, The National day of Romania or Great Union day. (December 1st)


  • Romania has a Republican government


  • In Romania they use Romanian leu for their currency
Romanian National Anthem - "Deşteaptă-te Române" (RO/EN)

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Romanian Flag

The Romanian flag consists of three colors, blue, yellow and red. The colors are aligned next to each other vertically. It's believed that the Romanian flag is actually based of the French flag. According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Romanian flag represent the following:

  • Yellow - a symbol of generosity
  • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
  • Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice