Romania (formerly spelled Rumania or Roumania) is a country in southeastern Europe. Romania is bordered by Ukraine and Moldova in the northeast, Hungary and Serbia in the west and Bulgaria to the south. Romania also has a small sea coast on the Black Sea.
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|Prime Minister||Adrian Năstase|
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|Ranked 78th |
- Total (2002)
|Independence||9 May 1877 (from the Ottoman Empire)|
|Time zone||UTC +2/+3|
|National anthem||Deşteaptă-te, RomÃ¢ne!|
The name Romania comes from Rome or the (Eastern) Roman Empire and asserts the country'Roman_Empire" title ="Roman Empire">Roman Empire province. In Late Antiquity the Roman Empire was often called Romania in Latin. Some historians have argued that the medieval Byzantine Empire should more properly be called Romania, but this has not caught on.
"Romania" is also used for the set of European lands where Romance languages appeared.
Main article: History of Romania
The Dacians were defeated by the Roman Empire in 106 by the Emperor Trajan in two campaigns stretching from 101 to 107, which marked the beginning of a succession of invasions of Romania, although the rulers usually allowed a high degree of autonomy.
Wallachia and Moldavia came under the suzeranity of the Ottoman Empire in 15th and 16th century respectively, with internal autonomy, and brief periods of independence, Moldova losing its eastern side Bessarabia to the Russian Empire in 1812, its northern part Bukovina to the Austrian Empire in 1775 and its south-eastern part Bugeac to the Ottoman Empire
Transylvania came under Hungary'Anjou" title ="Anjou">Anjou, of Habsburg, and of Holy Roman Empire), becoming a Principality under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire in 1526, following the Battle of Mohacs. At the end of the 18th century, Austrian Empire (since 1867 Austria-Hungary) included Transylvania inside its borders.
The modern Romania was born when the principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia merged in 1859, and independency was ratified by the Great Powers in 1877. Following the WW I and the disintegration of the Russian Empire and Austro-Hungary, and the rise of Bolshevism in Hungary and Russia, Transylvania and Bessarabia opted for a Union with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.
Bessarabia, N. Bukovina and Bugeac were incorporated by the Soviet Union in 1940, mostly comprising the present-day Republic of Moldova with Bugeac and N. Bukovina assigned to Ukraine. After the Second World War, Romania became a communist state under military and economic control of USSR until 1958.
The decades-long reign of president Nicolae Ceauşescu was ended with an uprising in late 1989, part of which, now reformed as social democrats continued to be present in the democratically elected government until 1996 when a center-right coalition government took power for one term. In 2000, social democrats returned to power and elections will be held on November 28th, 2004
See also: Kings of Romania
Main article: Politics of Romania
Romania is a democratic republic. The legislative branch of the Romanian government consists of two chambers, the Senat (Senate), which has 137 members (as of 2004), and the Camera Deputaţilor (Chamber of Deputies), which has 332 members (as of 2004). The members of both chambers are chosen in elections held every four years.
The president, the head of the executive branch, is also elected by popular vote, every five years (until 2004 - four years). The president appoints a prime minister, who heads the government, the members of which are in turn appointed by the prime minister. The government is subject to a parliamentary vote of approval.
Main article: Counties of Romania
The counties are (in alphabetical order):
Main article: Geography of Romania
The Carpathian Mountains dominate the western part of Romania, with peaks up to 2,500 m, the highest, Moldoveanu, reaching 2,544 m.
Main article: Economy of Romania
In February 1997, Romania embarked on a comprehensive macroeconomic stabilisation and structural reform programme, but reform subsequently has been a frustrating stop-and-go process. Restructuring programs include liquidating large energy-intensive industries and major agricultural and financial sector reforms.
Romania's lagging and unstable economy has been transformed into one with macroeconomic stability, high growth and low unemployment.
Romania reached an agreement with the IMF in August for a USD $547 million loan, but release of the second tranche was postponed in October because of unresolved private sector lending requirements and differences over budgetary spending.
Bucharest avoided defaulting on mid-year lump-sum debt payments, but had to significantly draw down reserves to do so; reserves rebounded to an estimated $1.5 billion by year end 1999.
The government'Privatisation" title ="Privatisation">privatisation, and restructuring unprofitable firms.
2002 and 2003 were successful economic years, and currently GDP growth is forecast at 4.5% per annum. The economy grew by 6.6% in the first half of 2004, and 7.0% (year-on-year) in the second quarter of 2004, marking the highest growth rate in the region. The average gross wage per month in Romania is 8,392,766 lei as of October 2004, an increase of 2.1% over the previous month. This equates to US$283.54, 213.60 euro and 360.21 AUD. The average net salary per month in January 2004 was 6,071,211 lei.
Unemployment in Romania is at 6.2% (2004), which is very low compared to other European countries.
Despite clear improvements, Romania still faces several key problems: rampant corruption on almost all levels of society, lack of transparency regarding public spendings, lack of economic competitivity - especially in the agricultural sector, some underemployment in rural areas and low pace of reform in the public (state owned) sector of economy.
Press freedom is generally granted, but some economic and administrative pressures determine media to reflect especially the positive or neutral aspects in the society, rather than the negative ones or critics addressed to the Government.
Romania was granted in October 2004 the much desired 'Market_economy" title ="Market economy">market economy' status by EU officials, with some reserves - especially related to aspects mentioned in the paragraph above.
Main article: Demographics of Romania
Ethnic groups (2002 est.):
- Romanian 89.5%
- Hungarian 6.6%
- Gypsy 2.5%
- Ukrainian 0.3%
- German 0.3%
- Russian 0.2%
- Turkish and Tatar 0.2%
- other 0.4%
Religions (2002 est.):
- Eastern Orthodox (including all sub-denominations) 87%
- Protestant 6.8%
- Catholic 5.6%
- Muslim 0.3%
- others 0.1%
- unaffiliated 0.2%
The official language is Romanian, a Romance language of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages, which are also called Romanic, and are spoken by about 670 million people in many parts of the world, but mainly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
Sizeable minorities of Hungarian and German descent, mostly in Transylvania, also speak Hungarian and German. Other ethnic groups include Roma Gypsies and natives of Romania'Polish_minority_in_Romania" title ="Polish minority in Romania">Polish minority (numbering a few thousand people) living in Suceava County.
Most Romanians are members of the Romanian Orthodox Church, which is one of the churches of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Catholicism (both Roman Catholic and Romanian Catholic) and Protestantism are also represented, mostly in the areas inhabited by population closer to western influence.
Main article: Culture of Romania
- List of Romanians
- Romanian poets
- Music of Romania
- Literature of Romania
- Art of Romania
- Christmas customs in Romania
- Tourism in Romania
- Communications in Romania
- Transportation in Romania
- Military of Romania
- Foreign relations of Romania
- List of Romania-related topics
- Holidays in Romania
- List of national parks of Romania
- Official site of the Romanian government
- Presidency of Romania
- The Romanian Senate
- Camera Deputaţilor (lower house of Parliament)
- Tourism Ministry
- The Romanian Digital Library / in Romanian
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