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Living in Romania – Expat life 

Romania, one of the largest nations in Europe, is extremely kind and accessible to foreigners. Its wealth in natural resources, rural customs, and folk culture, as well as its outstanding architecture, make it a welcoming, cosmopolitan nation.

Romania is the best place for you to relocate if you want to live in a place where time isn’t so important and you can enjoy a tranquil, relaxed lifestyle.

Here is a compilation of helpful facts that will make your transition to Romania easier if you are thinking about relocating there or have already made the decision. You can learn everything you need to know about Romanian life right here!

Cost of living in Romania

“In Bucharest, you’ll probably require roughly 2000 euros a month to support a western way of living”. For a superior apartment in the city’s center, you should prepare to spend a monthly rent of between 500 and 700 euros (Calea Victoria Dorbanti, or Hilton Hotel areas). The food is no longer a good deal and is also very costly. You will only pay 25% less for a nice meal in a nice restaurant than you would in a restaurant of a comparable caliber in Paris or London.

Living like a Romanian, which entails buying food from markets or grocery shops and cooking your meals, amusing yourself in front of the TV or laptop, and only occasionally going out to clubs or restaurants, is the only way to get by on a budget of 1000 euros. The metro and cabs are incredibly cheap compared to London, and public transportation is the only thing that is significantly cheaper than most European capitals.

Romanians are not particularly tolerant of other cultures

According to an expat living in Bucharest, “Romanians are not the most tolerant of different cultures. This is not to imply that they are racist; rather, I think that because this society was completely locked off for 40 years under Communist rule, people don’t know a lot about other cultures. “In my opinion, people are pretty intolerant of gypsies, non-white races, and non-Orthodox Christians,” said another expat. When people find out I’m not Orthodox and don’t adhere to their norms, I’ve been ridiculed more times than I can count, claimed one expat in Romania. There are some alarming anti-Semitic tendencies in Lasi, a different foreigner who lives there lamented. Additionally, bigotry toward Roma (gypsies) is pervasive here. There is not much diversity of culture here.

Driving in Bucharest Isn’t easy

It is annoying to deal with the traffic and the flagrant disregard for traffic laws. The drivers seem to just be concerned with where they need to go and how they need to get there, even though the traffic isn’t any worse than in any other major city (certainly not worse than Washington, DC, or New York City). Most Romanian drivers don’t understand lane markings, the color of stop signs, pedestrians crossing the street, or tram tracks, according to one expat.

Romania is stunning

“With mountains covered in untamed mountains, the Danube with its stunning scenery, and the Delta, which has the largest ethnic (historical) diversity, Romania is a remarkable country in terms of both nature and culture. However, due to the pristine nature and abundance of wildlife, living in a rural location is incredibly calming and is something you cannot find in ANY western country” explained a foreigner.

Meeting people in Romania

“A fantastic way to meet female expats from various backgrounds, including those from the host nation, is the International Women’s Association. IWA hosts an annual bazaar in December, which is the highlight of the organization’s year. IWA is heavily involved in charitable work. Moms with young children have a variety of baby groups to select from, both in the city and in the suburbs by the American school” suggested one foreigner.

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