The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia – for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire – secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories – most notably Transylvania – following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist “people’s republic” in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.


Romania Tourism Information…


The Best of Romania…

Eastern Romania
Northern Romania
Southern Romania
Western Romania

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

Bigar Waterfall
Brașov Bran Castle
Bucharest Palace of the Parliament
The Painted Monasteries-Bucovina
The Danube Delta
Palace of Culture-Iași
Peleș Castle-Sinaia
Transfăgărașăn Highway


Romania Country Information…



Largest City:



Parliamentary Republic


leu (RON)


237,500 sq km (92,046 sq. mi.) ranked 81st


Temperate; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog; sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms


21,599,736 (July 2016 est.) ranked 58th


Romanian (official) 85.4%, Hungarian 6.3%, Romany (Gypsy) 1.2%, other 1%, unspecified 6.1% (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Romanian 83.4%, Hungarian 6.1%, Roma 3.1%, Ukrainian 0.3%, German 0.2%, other 0.7%, unspecified 6.1% (2011 est.)


Eastern Orthodox (including all sub-denominations) 81.9%, Protestant (various denominations including Reformed and Pentecostal) 6.4%, Roman Catholic 4.3%, other (includes Muslim) 0.9%, none or atheist 0.2%, unspecified 6.3% (2011 est.)


230V, 50Hz (European plug C,F )

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CET (UTC+1) Summer CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

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Deșteaptă-te, române! “Awaken thee, Romanian!”


Klaus Iohannis

Prime Minister:

Florin Cîțu


Holidays and Observances in Romania in 2021

Date NameType
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 2SaturdayDay after New Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 24SundayUnification DayNational holiday
Feb 19FridayConstantin Brancusi DayObservance
Feb 24WednesdayDragobeteObservance
Mar 1MondayMărțișorObservance
Mar 8MondayInternational Women’s DayObservance
Mar 20SaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason
Apr 30FridayOrthodox Good FridayNational holiday, Orthodox
May 1SaturdayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday
May 2SundayOrthodox Easter DayNational holiday, Orthodox
May 2SundayMother’s DayObservance
May 3MondayOrthodox Easter MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
May 9SundayFather’s DayObservance
May 10MondayMonarchy DayObservance
Jun 1TuesdayChildren’s DayNational holiday
Jun 10ThursdayOrthodox Ascension DayObservance, Orthodox
Jun 20SundayOrthodox PentecostNational holiday, Orthodox
Jun 21MondayOrthodox Pentecost MondayNational holiday, Orthodox
Jun 21MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 26SaturdayFlag DayObservance
Jul 29ThursdayNational Anthem DayObservance
Aug 15SundaySt Mary’s DayNational holiday
Sep 22WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 31SundayHalloweenObservance
Nov 30TuesdaySt Andrew’s DayNational holiday
Dec 1WednesdayNational holidayNational holiday
Dec 8WednesdayConstitution DayObservance
Dec 21TuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SundaySecond day of ChristmasNational holiday
Dec 31FridayNew Year’s EveObservance