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An Expat Talks about Living in Iasi, Romania

Submitted by FritzSchneider

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Iasi

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I have met very few Americans, the rare businessman passing through, a few students. You are more likely to encounter Brits or other foreigners.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There are some very disturbing anti-semitic attitudes in Iasi. Also, racism against Roma (gypsies) is prevelant here. Very little cultural diversity here.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Very little in the way of real industry here, hence the poverty. Few career opportunities, with the exception of some international firms.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Iasi is a very poor city, the average Romanian in Iasi works 10-12 hour shifts, 6 days a week. When they're not working, Romanians in Iasi tend to be "homebodies" and spend their little free time at home, with family and friends.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would advise against it. I like to travel all over Romania, it is a beautiful country. Iasi, however, is like being in a totally different country from the rest of Romania. It's a very dirty city, very poor, with very little to offer in the form of entertainment. Absolutely nothing here for families. I would suggest Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara or Bucuresti.

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