Discover Romania

Romania, a Country of Contrast

Located in Eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula, Romania is a country of contrasts.  It is a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. One of Europe's most beautiful, unspoilt and culturally fascinating lands with countless one-of-a-kind travels experiences that take you back in time and bring you in contact with Romania's unique cultural heritage. 

BSB has a 'Partner system' in place to welcome and help new families. If you would like to have the contact details of parents happy to help out once you arrive, or if you have any questions as you make your plans, please write to office@britishschool.ro. 

You can find out more about Romania by reading the sections on this page or by downloading the BSB Welcome to Romania guide here: 

General information 

Official Name: 

Romania

Official Language 

Romanian

Capital

Bucharest

Country code:

+40

Location: 

(Southeastern) Central Europe

Time Zone: 

Eastern European Time (EET) +02:00.

Area:  

238,391 sq. km

Official Language: 

Romanian

Climate: 

Temperate, four distinct seasons

Religions:

Christian Orthodox 81%

Roman Catholic 4.3%

Reformed 3%,
Greek-Catholic 0.7% 

Unitarian 0.3% 

Other religions 10,2 %

Currency: 

Leu (plural Lei --- pronunciation "lay" --- abbreviations: Lei or RON)

Driving style:

On the right side 

Weather 

Romania is an all-year-round destination. Popular visiting times are from late April to early July and from late August to late October due to the generally mild and pleasant temperatures.

Romania has a temperate continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June-August) are hot with 33-38 C degrees, winters (December-Feb) are cold (-10-0 Celsius), while spring (March-May) and autumn (Sept-Nov) are as unpredictable as ever: chilly in the mornings and evenings (8-18 C), warm and sunny during the day (18-26 C).

Geography 

Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, Romania is the 12th largest country in Europe. Romania's terrain is almost evenly divided between mountains, hills and plains.

Considered Europe's last wilderness, Romania stands out with its unspoiled natural landscapes, with villages that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with a vibrant glow and creativity.

Due to its varied terrain and climate, Romania has diverse flora and fauna. Over 3,700 species of plants and 33,792 species of animals can be found in Romania.  

Europe's second-longest river, the Danube, flows through southern Romania, forming part of the country's frontier with Serbia, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Its waters run from Bazias to the Black Sea. Almost all of the country's rivers are tributaries to the Danube, either directly or indirectly.

The Danube River ends its journey through Europe in south-eastern Romania. Here the river divides into three arms (Chilia, Sulina, Sfântu Gheorghe), creating the Danube Delta, a UNESCO Biosphere Reservation and a protected wetland and natural habitat for dozens of rare animals and species of plants. 

The Carpathian Mountains cover almost a third of Romania's surface,

They are divided into three major ranges: the Eastern (Oriental) Carpathians, the Southern Carpathians (also known as the Transylvanian Alps), and the Western Carpathians. Each of these ranges features a variety of landscapes due to the different types of terrain.

Bucharest, the capital of Romania 

Nicknamed Little Paris, Bucharest is the energetic and vibrant capital of Romania. It is an up-and-coming destination that offers unique architecture, eclectic neighbourhoods to explore, street art, a beautifully restored Old Town filled with cafés and bars, and a collection of museums and a schedule of cultural events to keep any culture-lover happy.

Bucharest will surprise you with how versatile and unique it is.

Bucharest is a fast-developing city. It offers pretty much everything you can think of for a capital city in Eastern Europe. There are plenty of things to do, the level of spoken English is high, and the international community has constantly been growing over the past five years.

It is a city waiting to be discovered by any visitor.


Resources 

Things to do in Romania: https://rolandia.eu/en/blog/discover-romania/romania-travel-guide  

Romanian Travel Guide: https://rolandia.eu/en/blog/discover-romania/romania-travel-guide  

Romania travel advice: Foreign and Commonwealth Office https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania 

Romania tourist board: Romania Tourism http://romaniatourism.com/ 

Romania Insider: https://www.romania-insider.com/discover-romania/travel

*Thanks to 'Enchanting Romania - through the lenses of Expat Women' for these amazing pictures. For more information about this project please contact office@britishschool.ro.


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