Banks in Romania
The Romanian banking system has two levels: the first one includes the National Bank of Romania (BNR) and the second one comprises all the credit institutions. While the central bank is responsible for elaborating and implementing financial policies, issuing money, setting the exchange rates and supervising the other credit institutions, it has little to do with the actual customers
The number of cultural festivals held annually in Romania increases from year to year, bringing more participants and attracting more and more tourists from all over the world. Depending on your tastes, you can choose the outdoor manifestations of the medieval festivals or the renowned classical music competitions, rock concerts or theatre and film festivals.
Driving in Romania
The car offers a great liberty of action on the Romanian roads. It is sufficient to own the necessary driving documents (a valid driving licence, the car insurance – green card http://www.cobx.org/, the vehicle registration document) and to drive on the right side of the road (the steering wheel should be on the left).
Getting There & Around
Ten thousands kilometres of railways, administrated by SN CFR (the National Society of Romanian Railways), cover the territory of Romania. There are three types of trains: InterCity, InterRegio and Regio. The InterCity trains connect the most important urban settlements and the journey is fast and comfortable, especially if you’ll have the chance to travel with a Săgeata Albastră (Blue Arrow) train.
The official language in Romania is Romanian, the only Romance language among the Slavic ones from Eastern Europe. If you speak or have notions of Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese or other languages derived from Latin, then there are big chances you will understand and make yourself understood easily.
The communist censorship drastically reduced the number of daily newspapers, as well as the broadcast hours of the national television channel and the activity of the public publishing houses in Romania. After December 1989, the media sector faced a boom unparalleled by any other field of the Romanian society.
When travelling to Romania, it is possible to bring your mobile phone, but beforehand make sure that you have contacted your home mobile operator in order to activate the roaming service. The second condition is to own a tri-band phone able to operate in a 900/1800 MHz GSM network, compatible with that of most of the European countries, but different than that of USA.
While the quality of the public medical services is usually below standards, the private clinics and hospitals benefit from professional staff, last generation equipments and modern facilities. Moreover, the staff of these private institutions can usually speak English or other foreign languages, which turns out to be a very valuable trait in case of need.
Along the millennia, the Romanian culture developed as a product of its inhabitants, conquerors, religion and traditions, with notable differences depending on the region. The rich and still vivid popular art and culture draw inspiration from immemorial agrarian and fertility rites, successfully combined with newer influences.
The leu is the official currency of Romania. Since January 2007, the old Romanian leu (plural lei) was replaced by the Romanian New Leu (abbreviated RON). The new lei come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500, but it is better to use only smaller banknotes (up to 100 lei), as they are more frequently used. The leu’s subdivision is the ban (plural bani), with 1lei=100bani.
Study and Living in Romania
Although significant improvements in the everyday lives of the Romanians have taken place in the years after the 1989 Revolution, and mostly after the country joined the European Union, more and more Romanians leave the country for jobs in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, USA and even Israel.
Before coming to Romania, you have to make sure you have all the necessary documents for entering the country (ID card, passport, visa). For tourists who need a visa, in order to obtain it, we strongly advise you to check the validity date of your passport: it should be greater than 6 months beyond the entry date in the country.