Live and work in Romania

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Greek Online Game Presenter – Bucharest
Romania

We are hiring Online Game Hosts to work in Bucharest, Romania. Fluent in Greek and with good communication skills. You will lead games, interact with players, and entertain in front of the camera. No specific experience required, but a passion for customer service is a plus.

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German Online Game Presenter – Bucharest
Romania

We are hiring Online Game Hosts to work in Bucharest, Romania. Fluent in German and with good communication skills. You will lead games, interact with players, and entertain in front of the camera. No specific experience required, but a passion for customer service is a plus.

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Swedish Online Game Presenter – Bucharest
Romania

We are hiring Online Game Hosts to work in Bucharest, Romania. Fluent in Swedish and with good communication skills. You will lead games, interact with players, and entertain in front of the camera. No specific experience required, but a passion for customer service is a plus.

Currency

The currency in Romania is Romanian Leu (ISO code: RON, symbol: lei)

Famous people

Some notable Romanian people are Angela Gheorghiu, Gheorghe Hagi and Simona Halep

Population

Romania has a population of ~19.2 million people, many living in Bucharest

Typical food

Ciorba de Burta (traditional tripe soup), mici/mititei (Romanian meat rolls), sarmale (cabbage roles), papanași (cheese donuts)

Avg. working week

Romania has a 40 hour work week, 8 hours daily spread over 5 days a week

Location

Romania is situated in Eastern Europe and borders Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, Moldova, and the Black Sea

Languages

The official language is Romanian and their alphabet is Latin-based

Healthcare

Romania has good healthcare in bigger cities. Healthcare is funded through mandatory contributions.

Work in Romania: Everything you need to know

Romania is the country of Dracula, but also the country of breathtaking mountains, castles and rich history. All of this beauty blends with widespread urbanisation and industrialisation. Expats often move to Romania out of curiosity and end up getting surprised by the amazing people, their humour, and hospitality. When looking for a job, expats are often heading to the capital city, Bucharest. Even though the majority of inhabitants are nationals, the international environment is growing. 

Keep reading to learn more about living and working in Romania.

Work in Romania

Working in Romania may seem a bit difficult because of the competitive market, but with its growing economy there are always open offers, especially for skilled expats. Besides this, there are many languages based jobs. The main industries offering job positions are the energy, resources, and tourism industry. The work culture in Romania is based on respect hierarchy, where new associates don’t intervene in the decision-making. However, they are open to different points of view. If you express honesty with direct eye contact, this means respect for them so you will be taken seriously.

The minimum wage in Romania is around €500, but this is also due to the low cost of living. The working hours are 40 hours a week, and the annual leave is between 15 and 30 working days.

Work in Bucharest

This urban capital city brings an energetic feeling and the people are very friendly and open to expats. You may see families spending time together after working hours looking at the attractions in the city. Most of the people speak English fluently and once they realise you’re not from there they will change the language immediately

Taxes in Romania  

When you decide to move to Romania, it’s important to visit the fiscal office (ANAF) in order to obtain your NIF. This is the number you’ll be identified by at the fiscal authorities in Romania. You can check which documents you need  HERE. After this, you’re ready to start making contributions and taxes are at a flat rate of  10%.

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Life in Romania

Romania offers everything from amazing architecture and fun nightlife in Bucharest, narrow cobbled alleys of Brasov, the Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle) to the peaks of the Carpathian Mountains to the beauty of the Danube Delta, you will find endless opportunities for hiking, skiing, and wildlife spotting. Romania is for example known to be home to Europe’s largest population of brown bearsRomanian cuisine is also a true feast. Try sarmale (cabbage rolls), mămăligă (polenta), and cozonac (sweet bread) during holidays. And remember the wines, particularly those from the historical region of Transylvania.

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Basic facts about Romania

This southeastern European country, with Bucharest as capital city, has an area of 238,397 km2. The population is around 19.1 million people and their national language is Romanian. The currency is Romanian leu (RON) and 1RON = 0.20EUR. Romania has a temperate-continental climate, resulting in four different seasons with high-temperature thunderstorms in summer and cold winters.     .  

5 fun facts about Romania

  1. In 2013 they made the world’s largest flag! It was over 5 tons of thread that measured 349 metres by 227 metres
  2. You can meet Europe’s largest mammal there. Bison can weigh around 630kg. They also have the largest population of brown bears. 
  3. Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world. This impressive building has an area of 365 000 m2. Inside you can find over 700 000 tons of steel and bronze used for doors and windows. 
  4. Romania also has the world’s record for the biggest bowl of goulash. It was 7 200 litres and it was listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2007.
  5. Bucharest is often called little Paris, they even have their own “Arcul de Triumf”

Culture in Romania

Romania’s culture is a result of the very mixed and difficult history. Due to the occupation Romania is divided into three districts: east, west and south. Each of them has a unique cultural history. Nowadays over half of the population lives in urban areas. Even though modern life influenced the country a lot, there are regions still taking special care of folklore and you can even feel a light-hearted competition between them. 

Generations may have different attitudes. Of course, it’s not a rule, but older members of the society, raised in times of communism, tend to be sentimental about past times and sceptical about the current. Meanwhile, younger generations are looking towards Western European countries, focusing on this lifestyle. In the beginning Romanians may seem guarded towards foreigners, but after some time they become warm and hospitable. Personal relationships are important in Romanian society. Similarly, with hierarchy, society has become more status-conscious after the end of communism. Moving to Romania might be a little culture shock, but diversity is what makes our world so fascinating, isn’t it? 

Cuisine in Romania

Romanian cuisine is a mixture of cultures between the Turkish, Hungarian, and western and central Europe. The food is generally heavy and pork centred. For example all kinds of soup,  the Romanian national dish Sarmale (cabbage rolls stuffed with pork meat). Some say it has Turkish origins but the flavour has a Romanian touch.

Besides Sarmale there are many famous dishes in Romania like:

  • Mici (Grilled Minced Meat Rolls): These can be smelled from miles away, it’s very common to see them in cottage parties, barbecues, street food and birthday celebrations.
  • Ciorbă de burtă (Beef Tripe Soup): One of the most famous soups in Romania, with its bold flavour it’s the perfect hangover remedy, it’s made of a mixture between tripe, garlic, chilli peppers and soured with vinegar.
  • Pomana Porcului (Honoring The Pig): This Christmas tradition is fresh meat cut from a recently slaughtered pig and then fried in its own fat. It’s traditionally served with mămăligă a type of cornmeal porridge.

Finding accommodation in Romania

There are many choices when it comes to accommodation in Romania. Even if you decide on something a little expensive, most people can still afford a babysitter or cleaner on a daily basis. Options range from apartments in Soviet-era buildings to newly renovated flats. Costs for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is €350 – €610, and outside the city centre around €210 – €370

You should start your search before you go to Romania in order to have enough time to compare as many offers as you need. Most expats starts their life abroad by living in Bucharest, the capital city. Apart from websites you can also join Facebook groups for people looking for a place to stay in the city you are heading to. Prices are often better on social media groups since no agency is involved. You will most likely have to pay utilities separately from rent, so take it into consideration while planning your budget.

Cost of living in Romania

Despite the salaries being one of the lowest compared to other European countries, the costs of living are proportional. In cities like Bucharest or Timișoara, everyday expenses are higher than in the suburbs or countryside. However, groceries, public transport and articles used on a daily basis are cheap. Check examples of expenses below to get an idea of how you can organise your budget. 

Description

Cost in Euro

Accomodation*

200 – 300

Food**

10

Public transport (daily metro ticket)

1.62

Mobile rate (per one minute)

0.04

Cinema ticket

4.20

Fitness club pass

30

Pint of beer

1.17

Total

307

* Prices can vary depending on the neighbourhood, the number of people living in the apartment and facilities.

**Depends greatly on your diet and which shops you buy food and drinks from.

Expats in Romania

Romanian people can seem slightly harsh at first, but once you get to know them you will realise they are actually very warm and welcoming towards expats. The vast majority of Romanians speak English fluently and are willing to help foreigners. The primary barrier for expats in Romania can be the language at work. In Romanian workplaces it’s necessary to manage at least a basic level of Romanian. But if you work in an international company you will not face these issues. Romania is well-connected to the rest of Europe, which makes it a perfect place for travellers to settle for a while to make savings, due to the low costs of living, and then be able to travel around again.

Where to learn Romanian

The national language is Romanian, and most of the society speaks English as well. In a professional environment it can be a big advantage to have at least basic knowledge of Romanian. You can take a course both on-site or online. In the first case, after arrival, you can sign up for a free Romanian course, where you will learn not only language but also the basics of culture. Find offers like this at rolang.ro and sign up. Another available option is language courses online. You can easily find both free and paid ones, e.g. loecsen or learnro and start even before departure.

And last but not least, when you arrive, don’t be afraid to speak Romanian on a daily basis, in a grocery store or at work. Nationals will be so happy to hear you trying, and it will help you make local friends easier.

Why Romania?

With their warm, humouristic people and their low costs of living, Romania is a great choice for your journey abroad. Also, you will be able to travel to other European countries from here. Their business culture will mould you in a good and respectful way where you can learn about proper business etiquette. With its work-life balance you will be amused with all the places and historical landscapes this country has to offer: vibrant cities, art, culture, and delicious food. This is probably one of the most underrated countries in Europe. If you want to work abroad in Romania, just contact us and we will help you with the entire process.

Still not convinced about Romania?

Living in Romania means immersing yourself in a land of legends, and it’s a place where old-world charm meets modern innovation, and where every day brings new discoveries and unforgettable experiences.

Romanians are known for their warmth and hospitality. Embrace the sense of community, take part in traditional celebrations like Mărțișor or the colourful Easter customs, and you will quickly feel at home.

In Romania, you can explore the stunning landscapes of Transylvania. Take a trip to the capital city Bucharest, where you can visit the impressive Palace of the Parliament and wander through the charming Old Town. Also, you definitely have to visit the picturesque villages of Maramureș, with their traditional wooden churches and unique rural way of life.

FAQ

No, if you are an EU citizen you do not need to apply for a work permit before moving to Romania. You can read more about it here.

English is not widely spoken in Romania, especially outside major tourist areas. However, you can typically find English speakers in hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. Younger generations, especially in urban areas, tend to have better English proficiency.

Romanian, the official language of Romania, can be challenging to learn for non-native speakers. It is a Romance language, similar to Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The grammar and vocabulary can be complex, but with dedication and practice, it is certainly possible to learn. The level of difficulty will depend on your language learning abilities and previous experience with Romance languages. Engaging in language courses, using language learning apps, or having a language exchange partner can greatly assist in learning Romanian.

Romania lies within a temperate-continental climate. Summers are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C. Winters can be cold, with temperatures dropping to -10°C to -15°C, especially in mountainous areas. Spring and autumn are mild. Romania also experiences a fair amount of rain throughout the year, with snowfall in winter. The country’s diverse topography, including the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube Delta, contributes to variations in climate across different regions.

The cost of living in Romania is generally lower compared to many other European countries. Dining out at a mid-range restaurant may cost around 10 to 15 euros per person, and a monthly transportation pass can be approximately 20 euros. However, prices can vary depending on the city or region within Romania.

If you’re just moving around the city or in nearby areas most people people use bikes, buses and in some cities metro and tram. For longer distances  train is recommended.

Romania has a universal healthcare system that provides healthcare services to its citizens and legal residents. The system is funded through mandatory contributions from employees and employers, as well as through government allocations. Healthcare services are provided through a combination of public and private hospitals and clinics. While the quality of healthcare in Romania has improved in recent years, there can still be variations in service quality and infrastructure between urban and rural areas. It is advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses when visiting Romania.

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