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Presentation for the Romanian Evening event organized in Helsinki together with Aiesec Finland

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  • 1. Experience Romania A place of wonder on Earth…
  • 2. … to be more precise, a place of wonder somewhere in Central Europe Romania
  • 3. Romania’s area is 238,391 km²
    • That is, a bit more than half of Finland
    • 9 th largest territory in EU (out of 27)
  • 4. Romania’s population is 22.6 mil
    • That would be 5 times more than Finland’s
    • 7 th largest population in the EU
  • 5. The capital is Bucharest
    • And our home-city is Iasi
  • 6. Government and politics
    • Semi-presidential democratic republic
    • Executive: President + Prime Minister
    • 1 President: 5 years
    • Parliament = the Senate + the Chamber of Deputies
    • Let’s not go into other details and try to keep a happy atmosphere for now 
  • 7. When you come to Romania,
    • You will first arrive in the capital, Bucharest.
    • Although it has its own beauties, Bucharest is not exactly the cleanest city in Romania. Nor the least stressful…
    • It’s the capital, after all
    • Please don’t judge us by this first impression 
  • 8. In Bucharest, you will see the Palace of the Parliament,
    • The world’s 3 rd largest building
    Luckily, it fit on this slide, though…
  • 9. In Bucharest, you will see the Palace of the Parliament,
    • The world’s 3 rd largest building
    Luckily, it fit on this slide, though… … twice!
  • 10. the Romanian Village Museum,
    • Over 100.000m 2
    • 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania
  • 11. The Triumphal Arch,
    • It honors our independence, gained in 1878
    • The release version built in 1935 
  • 12. And many cool pubs and stuff,
    • No photos, sorry :D
  • 13. And then you’ll be on your way
    • Don’t mind some bumpy roads. They were designed this way for your enjoyment
  • 14. You will visit Sibiu, the “cultural capital of Europe” We didn’t just make it up… We read it on Wikipedia: “ Sibiu was designated European Capital of Culture for the year 2007 together with Luxembourg“
  • 15. And maybe the jolly cemetery of Sapanta … famous for its colourful tombstones with native paintings, describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there, as well as scenes from their lives… (Wikipedia)
  • 16. And meet some locals on the way,
  • 17. And then the mountains…
    • If you like mountains, you won’t get enough of our Carpathians!
    • Light tents, good shoes and full-day hiking is recommended. It’s all worth it!
  • 18. Here are some photos, btw
  • 19. Here are some photos, btw
  • 20. Here are some photos, btw
  • 21. Here are some photos, btw
  • 22. Here are some photos, btw
  • 23. Ok, back to our journey…
  • 24. Slowly, you’ll head to Mold a v i a
    • That is, the Romanian region Moldavia, not the country Moldavia ;)
  • 25. …And there you’ll visit the monasteries
    • The painted churches of northern Moldavia and t he Maramureş wooden churches in Northern Transylvania have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
    • We’ve seen them, they were worth it!
  • 26. Here are some of them:
  • 27. Here are some of them:
  • 28. Here are some of them:
  • 29. Here are some of them:
  • 30. And then you’ll c o me visit us in Ia ş i!
    • Ia ş i is the second-largest Romanian city and the economic, cultural and academic centre of Moldavia
    • There are around 60000 students anually in Ia ş i, so expect a good share of fun when you come.
    • Tired after all the fun? Enjoy the nice smell of linden tree in a walk on the beautiful Copou, or go relax in the Botanical garden.
  • 31. You’ll stay with my family,
    • Any other regular Romanian family works as well
    • We are all welcoming people 
  • 32. And you’ll fest on all those wonderful Romanian dishes!
  • 33. And you’ll fest on all those wonderful Romanian dishes!
    • Yes, all of them!
    • Romanians eat a lot; guests of Romanians usually eat double ;)
    • You will be full, but you will still find some space for desert:
      • Fresh watermelon (the real thing)
      • Home-baked pie
  • 34. In the evening, we’ll go out
    • We’ll meet with friends, go to a terrace, have a beer, chat about football, IT, life…
    • Then we can do anything you want that we can’t really afford around here…
    • Just to give an example:
      • 1 beer out = 1 Euro!
  • 35. The next day, I’ll show you around the city…
  • 36. And then we’re off to the seaside
    • Sun, beaches, beautiful girls, concerts, clubs, pizza, kebab…
    • Also, cool challenges, like a few thieves, crappy accommodation and trash every now and there. It’s still the Balkans, remember? ;)
    • Anyway, a lot of fun and many cool people if you know where to look.
    • Sun, beaches, beautiful girls, concerts, clubs, pizza, kebab…
    • Also, cool challenges, like a few thieves, crappy accommodation and trash every now and there. It’s still the Balkans, remember? ;)
    • Anyway, a lot of fun and many cool people if you know where to look.
  • 37. …By the way, we’ll use the train for all these trips…
    • And if you behave, we’ll let you “ride with the godfather” ;)
  • 38. And then, with a sad smile on your face, you’ll pack your bags…
    • And go back to Bucharest, to catch your plane.
    • Going to the airport, you’ll get ripped off by a taxi driver. But you won’t even notice it, because you’ll pay the price of a regular taxi in Helsinki
  • 39. And you’ll leave…
    • And from the plane, you’ll have one more look at this place of wonder on Earth, and smile.
  • 40. Thank you for your attention!
    • Links
      • Wikipedia
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania
      • Romania – Simply Surprising
      • http:// www.romaniatravel.com /
      • New project, pretty cool:
      • http:// www.goodandbad.eu /
      • If you still want more:
      • www.google.com
    • Final Note
    • This is just one perspective of Romania, and certainly a very subjective one. We may have missed many things worth mentioning, we may have overemphasized others. We take full responsibility, and hope that, in the end, we painted a small realistic part of what Romania represents to us and maybe to other Romanians.
    Questions?