Did you know …
… Romania is the only country in the world with a perfect
proportion of 33% mountains, 33% vales and dales and 33% plains?
..the Palace of the
Parliament in Bucharest
is the world's largest
It is also the world’s
third biggest building,
after the space ship
assembly building in
Cape Canaveral, Florida
and the pyramid of
Quetzalcoatl in Mexico.
...Timişoara, western Romania, was the first city in
mainland Europe to have electric public lighting?
On November 12th
, 1884, the first 731 lamps were used.
…The Danube Delta is the best preserved delta in Europe?
Represents a favourable place for the development of highly
diverse flora and fauna, unique in Europe, with numerous
rare species. It hosts 23 natural ecosystems.
It is a World Heritage Site.
…Romania has a rich range of folk costumes?
There are over 100 ethnographic zones.
Guess who is here?
…The Romanian language is closest to Latin of all
The jet plane was invented by the Romanian
scientist Henri Coandă?
DO choose a local intermediary who can leverage
existing relationships to make the initial contact.
Otherwise you will probably not meet the top executive of
an organization at the first meeting, and will have to deal
with the subordinates.
DO expect business dealings and discussions to
take a long time.
There is an extensive system of rules
Bureaucracy is in charge and you may
even have to go back where you
started in the first place if you don’t
know well the system.
Patience and relationships with
“people who know people” are
essential for successful business
DO provide background information and detailed
facts and figures for the masses.
Romanians like to have as much
information as possible, even if
sometimes it is not relevant or
they do not understand them.
Giving lots of facts and figures
makes one look professional.
Do clarify who is the team leader or the person who
makes the decisions.
Maintain a relatively formal approach in communication
with this person.
Strong hierarchical system in place and decisions are rarely
being questioned or challenged by those of lower rank.
DON’T expect meetings to be a time for
brainstorming and discussion.
During meetings the person with
highest authority takes control
over the discussion imposing
his/her point of view.
Don’t inquire too deeply into a Romanian’s
background or personal life
Wait until you get to know them well since Romanians
are relatively private people.
Otherwise you will seem suspicious and they will think
there is something fishy about you.
Don’t underestimate Romanian tendency to take a
Despite their reserved reputation, communication in
business situations is more direct and succinct.
In fact, the actual Dracula was
not a vampire.
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, more
commonly known as Vlad the Impaler,
was a ruler of Wallachia from 1456 to
• Vlad is best known for his
resistance against the Ottoman
Empire and its expansion and
for the cruel punishments he
imposed on his enemies.That is
why he was named VLAD
DRACUL (The Devil).
Romania is famous for the
wooden churches in
Maramureş, a county in the
North of Romania.
Some of the 42 wooden churches
have been listed by the UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site in 1999,
for their religious architecture and
It is also in Maramureş that you can find a merry
It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naïve
paintings describing the persons that are buried there as well as
scenes from their lives.
Tourists can read funny
epitaphs such as this:
...Now I will tell you a good
I kind of liked the plum ţuica
With my friends at the pub
I used to forget what I came for
The Merry Cemetery became an
open-air museum and a national
century German medieval walled city.
The old centre is in the UNESCO world’s heritage list.
It is the highest
altitude road in
The Top Gear
team who drove
on it in
said it is the most
they have ever
seen.“Thank you, Romania! Can we stay here forever?”