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Costinesti, Romania

Living in Romania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 01, 2023

Summary: People often describe life in Romania as vibrant and full of culture. Expats love the friendly people, the beautiful landscapes, the delicious food, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and location. The population of Romania is approximately 19.5 million people, and the largest cities are Bucharest (the capital), Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Iasi, and Constanta. The cons of living in Romania include the lack of job opportunities, the slow bureaucracy, and the language barrier. Additionally, the infrastructure is not as developed as in other European countries, and the healthcare system is not as advanced.

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What do I need to know about living in Romania?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Romania, they said:

"My advice would mostly depend upon the person's situation. Most single men I know love Bucharest. Most families with small children like Bucharest because of the affordability of domestic help. Nursery schools are plentiful and inexpensive. But the life in Bucharest can wear on you. I know many people who have spent their life living overseas and are frustrated by this city. The traffic and the blatant disregard of the rules of the road are frustrating. While the traffic here is no worse than any major city (and certainly not worse than WDC or New York City), the drivers seem to care only about where they need to go and what they need to do to get there. Lane patterns, the color of stop lights, pedestrians in the road, tram tracks all mean nothing to most Romanian drivers. Service in restaurants is unbelievably slow. At some point you get used to being ignored. Trying to find someone to help you in a store with a question you have is impossible. The general attitude of seeming to not care is frustrating. Yet Romanians are genuinely nice people, which seems to contradict all of what I have just said. They have big hearts if you have a relationship with them," wrote a member in Bucharest.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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