Romanian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Poor treatment of the Roma minority is common and Romanians may be openly disparaging and discriminatory towards them. Be aware that Romanians can become defensive if you point out this behaviour. People may remind you that you cannot be judgemental if you do not understand the Romanian context. 
  • Be aware that some people may still be reluctant to disclose personal details in certain contexts. Older Romanians, in particular, can be quite private. This can be partially attributed to the fact that many lived under a repressive regime that made extensive use of secret police techniques to gather personal information against individuals.
  • Romania has a big late-night culture, with shopping malls open until 12pm each evening. Some may struggle to adjust to a 9am-5pm business working day.
  • Romania has a heavy drinking culture. You can expect to be offered alcohol in both casual and celebratory settings. Many men make their own alcohol (moonshine). While some may insist, Romanians generally understand when foreigners turn down the offer of alcohol.
  • The Romanian concept of Dracula is different from the Western narrative and has nothing to do with vampires. Vlad III Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) is a real historical figure and national hero in Romanian history, famous for how he disposed of his enemies. 
  • The Romanian language differs from Slavic languages spoken in surrounding Eastern European countries, as it’s a Latin-based language (related to Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French).
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