Customs and traditions
Spending time with Romanians is not that much
more complicated than spending time with anyone else. As
a Swedish, one might react that Romanians are often
close to each other when they shake hands and can remain
as close during the following conversation.
A conversation can seem intense due to gestures and
lively mimicry, often it can be loudly voiced and with
strong emotional outbursts. It doesn't mean anything
special, it's a normal behavior.
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Close friends who are happy to greet you with cheek
kisses, one on each side and the left cheek first.
During the conversation, it is normal to touch each
other to emphasize an argument or to show understanding
and friendship. Foreign visitors are expected to be more
Women can expect older men to be polite in a way that
is not so common with us. They lift the hat and kiss on
The hospitality is great and if you visit a Romanian
home you can expect to be invited to a meal. To refuse
anything offered, if only a cup of coffee or fruit, is
unfair. If there is something special you really do not
want, or do not want more of, a simple "no thanks" is
not taken seriously. It is normal to decline an offer to
show ungovernability, and it is just as normally
followed by threatening ones. If you really don't want
something, you have to stand up and admit that you mean
This also applies, conversely, to insist if, for
example, you want to compensate someone for a service.
Once you are seated at the dining table, one should
not start eating until the host has given a clear sign
through a " pofta buna " - "tasty meal".
Of course, gifts are appreciated, but they should be
nicely wrapped. If you give flowers it should be an odd
number. An even number of flowers are used only at
funerals. If you get a gift yourself, you should
preferably open it in the donor's company. Appreciated
gifts to bring may be chocolate, wine or spirits,
cosmetics from Western Europe. Don't forget the kids.
Romanian food, like any other culture in the country,
carries traces of the people who have had great
influence over the centuries. Here one can sense
Ottoman, German, Hungarian and Serbian influences. The
staple food is mămăligă, corn porridge
similar to Italian polenta. Under the simplest
conditions, it can be served without any accessories
other than a little brânză, grated goat cheese.
Often, however, there is a meat stew, mostly in pork,
called togitură. Then the arrangement of a
fried egg is usually topped.
Acidic soups, ciorbă, are very common, for
example, with meatballs and vegetables, ciorbă de
Romania produces a lot of wine, and there are also
plenty of Romanian beer brands. Part of the large plum
crop ends up in the popular brandy ţuică.
If you are referred to restaurants you can expect a
lot of wienerschnitzel and pizza.
The Romanian people have endured many hardships, both
during communism and the often painful transition to
market economy. The standard of living is generally low,
with Western European dimensions, and the well-off upper
and middle class is quite small. Those who drive around
in expensive German booths belong to the small elite who
managed to make themselves rich when communism fell in
1989 and the economy was released. Often they have
feelings in the networks that were already established
during the communist years. They are not representative
of the Romanian people and are not very high in the
course of the public, but they are all the more evident
in the larger cities.
Holidays and Holidays
Most holidays are associated with Christianity, such
as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. As in Sweden, the
workers' day, May 1, is still an unemployed holiday, and
these also include ziua naţională, the national
weekend, also called ziua marii uniri, the big
association day, on December 1 when celebrating
that Transylvania was united with Romania in 1918. The
celebration also applies to the incorporation of the
provinces of Banatet, Bessarabia and Bukovina into the
Romanian kingdom during the late autumn of that year. On
December 1, it was raised to a national holiday
following the fall of the communist regime.
Many events that affect the two world wars are
celebrated each year without formal weekends. More
engaging for Romanians in common is the traditional
feast of March on March 1st. Then you celebrate
the arrival of spring, with its symbolic connection to
femininity and fertility and the progress of life. Men
raise women with a small piece of jewelry or an
ornamental case attached to a mostly red and white band.
The jewelry is intended as a talisman that will
guarantee her to be healthy in the next year if she
wears it on her clothes for the first twelve days of
Last weekend in July, a medieval festival will be
held in the heritage-listed Trans-Sylvanian city of
Sighişoara, festivalul Sighişoara medievală.
Economist gets assignment to form government
President Klaus Iohannis appoints economist Florin Cîțu as a new governor
since both the Constitutional Court and Parliament said no to Orban Ludovic, who
was deposed by a vote of no confidence on February 5, but was appointed governor
the following day. Florin Cîțu belongs to the same party as Orban, the liberal
PNL, and the opposition believes it is not serious of Iohannis to appoint him.
Orban's appointment was challenged by the Constitutional Court, which pointed
out that every appointment must have the purpose of winning a parliamentary
majority. When Orban tried to get his government approved boycott parts of the
opposition vote and thus he did not receive enough support.
The minority government resigns
After wearing a three months in power allocated Ludovi c s Orban's minority
government through a confidence vote in parliament. 261 of parliament e t s 465
members vote for the motion of no confidence as put forward by the Socialists,
PSD to stop the government's plans to face a two ballots in local elections, a
change that PSD believes would be unfavorable to the party. Local elections will
be held in June 2020. The day after the vote, Orban is elected again to the
government of President Klaus Iohannis. Both Orb a n and Iohannis have voted for
a new election but such a thing cannot be called out until at least two attempts
to form government have failed.
Romania violates EU budget rules
Finance Minister Florin Cîțu announces that the 2019 budget deficit increased
from planned 2.8 percent of GDP to 4.6 percent. As a result, Romania goes
beyond the 3 percent budget gap you have set up in the EU. That means a timed
land now 's for all during the close supervision. Cîțu accuses the former
government of the situation that has arisen, partly by raising wages in the
public sector. The previous government also decided to pens io Plans shall hrs
island jas September 2020. IMF warns now that the post- reform risks diluting
the budget deficit.