Romania - the land of the Carpathians
Romania, the land of oriental fragrances, which is blessed with a capital
that has long been considered the Paris of the East, is also a land of castles,
monasteries and churches. The Carpathian Country Romania with its beautiful
coast on the Black Sea and the large Danube Delta offers the traveler an
impressive natural backdrop that is well worth seeing. The dominant element of
the Romanian landscape is the Carpathian Mountains, which run like a large arch
through the country. A third of the landscape is made up of mountains, hills or
plateaus and lowland plains. The Danube lowlands in the south and east of
Romania are called Wallachia.
The region of Transylvania in northwestern Romania is known as the home of
Prince Vlad III. Draculea (1431-1471). This ruler was the historical model for
the well-known vampire novel "Dracula". Based on the novel, numerous "scary
stories and films" with the famous vampire figure were created. The prince
himself once ruled the country with merciless cruelty. His preferred method of
execution was staking.
Politically, Romania initially stood loyally on Moscow's side after the
Second World War. That changed under the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989),
who ruled the country between 1965 and 1989 and tried to take a political course
between the two big blocs. Today Romania is a stable democracy and has been a
member of the European Union since January 1st, 2007. And in
2007 Sibiu (Hermannstadt) was European Capital of Culture together
|Name of the country
||Republic of Romania
|Form of government
||Parliamentary republic with a bicameral system
|Head of state
||President, Traian Basescu (since December 12, 2004)
||Member of the EU since January 1, 2007
||21.4 million (Credit:
||85.5% Romanians as well as Hungarians, Roma, Ukrainians, Serbs
||87% Romanian Orthodox Christians and approx. 5% Catholics, 3.5%
Greek Catholics 1%
||Romanian, in Transylvania also Hungarian and German
||Bucharest with approx. 1.7 million residents
||Moldoveanu with a height of 2,544 m
||Danube with a length in Romania of 1,075 km
|International license plate
||1 leu (plural: lei) = 100 bani (1 ban)
|Difference to CET
|International phone code
||0040 or +40
|Mains voltage, frequency
||220 to 230 volts, 50 hertz
|Internet Top Level Domain (TLD)
Until around the year 1000
As early as the Middle Bronze Age (around 2000 BC) the
special culture of a metal processing community settled in the Danube-Carpathian
region. It was most likely the Indo-European Traker. This population of what is
now southern Romania was known as the Geten or Dacian. From the 7th
century BC Chr. Founded milesische sailors first city colonies on the
Black Sea. In close cooperation with the Geto-Dacian residents, there was a
brisk trade between ancient Greece and the peoples of the Black Sea region.
Abbreviationfinder website, from 29th BC Chr. Came the Black Sea cities and the Dacian
territories north of the Danube under Roman influence. The attempt of the
Geto-Dacians to drive out the Romans ended in the Dacian-Roman war, which was
decided in favor of the Romans. The Romanization of the country began in the
early second century.
After the end of Roman rule, the Visigoths took over power in the Danube
region for a short time. But as early as 376 the Huns conquered
the Goths and ruled the Danube-Carpathian region for a long time. From
395 to 580 the Danube region belonged to the Byzantine Empire. After
the end of the Eastern Roman rule, Slavs settled in the Dako-Romanesque region.
From the year 1000 to the 17th century
Between 1000 and 1241, plundering Turkic peoples invaded
the area. In 1241 the Mongols invaded the country and ruled the
region for around a hundred years.
In the 14th century, the Principality of Wallachia and the
Principality of Moldova emerged. Both principalities were able to hold their own
economically and politically. In Transylvania, too, one could defend oneself
against incursions from the east. The leading Hungarian nobility
brought Hungarians and Germans into the area from 1150 and gave
the settlers great privileges. With relative autonomy, the Transylvanian Saxons
secured peace for the Hungarian kings.
In the 15th century, the principalities of Wallachia and
Moldavia accepted tribute rule from the Turks. Only two princes dared to fight
against the Ottoman rule: the Wallachian ruler Vlad III, who went down in
history and horror literature at the end of the 19th century as Count Dracula,
and the Moldavian prince Stefan the Great. However, both rulers tried in vain to
defend Christianity against the Muslim Ottomans.
It was not until the 16th century that the Wallachian prince
Michael the Brave was able to achieve a victory over the Ottomans, which was
destroyed again in 1601.
In 1699 Transylvania was captured by the
Habsburgs. Wallachia and Moldavia continued to be under Ottoman rule.
In the 18th and 19th centuries
In the 18th century, the Ottoman sultans installed Greek
puppet princes, so-called fanariots, in Wallachia and Moldova.
Between 1711 and 1812 there were six wars between the
Habsburgs and Russia and the Ottomans. Russia emerged stronger from these wars
and from 1829 the Danube principalities were under Russian
protectorate. An uprising of the population in 1821 was
suppressed, but now the Ottomans also gave the principalities some sovereign
After the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856, the Western powers
took over responsibility for the principalities. In 1859 Wallachia
and Moldova chose only one prince, which led to the Moldavian-Wallachian
personal union, which was also desired by the population. The elected Prince
Cuza proclaimed the unification of the two principalities under the name Romania
in 1861. Bucharest was chosen as the capital.
Transylvania was in 1867 by Hungary incorporated.
Under Karl von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Romania was able to
declare its independence in 1877. In 1878 the
Dobruja region was incorporated into Romania.
20th century until today
In 1913, the South Dobruja region fell to Romania.
It was not until 1916 that Romania entered the First World
War as an ally of the Entente powers France, Great Britain and Russia.
In 1920 Romania came to the areas of Transylvania, Maramures, the
eastern Banat, Bukovina and Bessarabia. With this, Romania had doubled its
territory and population and now extended from the Carpathian Mountains to the
Black Sea. But as early as 1940, Bessarabia and north Bukovina
fell to the USSR, north Transylvania to Hungary and south Dobruja to Bulgaria.
From 1941 Romania under Antonescu followed a clear
pro- Germany course and fought alongside Germany against the Soviet Union during
World War II. In the Paris Peace Treaty, Northern Transylvania returned to
The People's Republic of Romania was proclaimed in 1947 after
Stalin had strengthened the Communist Party in the country and brought it to
power. From then on, the country adhered to the Marxist-Leninist
worldview. Under Prime Minister Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romania stood loyally by
Moscow's side until the 1970s. From 1965 onwards,
Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989) followed a new political course. The state was
renamed and from then on was called the "Socialist Republic of Romania". From 1967 diplomatic
relations with Germany were established. When the Eastern bloc troops marched
into Czechoslovakia during the so-called Prague Spring, no Romanian troops were
Under Ceausescu, however, the country became increasingly
impoverished. Citizens' freedom was also largely curtailed. Romania isolated
itself from world events and became one of the most backward and poorest areas
in Europe. From 1974 until his execution, the dictator held numerous other
functions as well as the office of President.
1989Demonstrations and uprisings forced a turning point in the
country. Ceausescu was arrested. Ceausescu was shot dead on December 25, 1989
together with his wife Elena. However, the situation in the country did not
change significantly under the newly elected government. Anti-communists faced
severe punishments. Citizens' freedom was still severely restricted. It was only
with the takeover of the Conservatives in 1996 that Romania's
course and situation began to change for the better.
Romania has been a full member of the Council of Europe since 1993. Admission
negotiations regarding admission to the European Union have been
in progress since 2000, and these were brought to a positive
conclusion. Romania has been a member of the EU since January 1st, 2007.