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- Romania is a sovereign state located in the
southeastern part of the European Union.
- Romania gained independence from the
Ottoman Empire in 1877.
- The name “Romania” comes from the
Latin word “Romanus” which means
“citizen of the Roman Empire.”
- It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine,
Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova.
- It has an area of 92,046 sq mi with one of
the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe, covering almost 27% of the territory.
- Population: 20 million inhabitants with one of the largest gypsy populations in Europe.
- Capital: Bucharest.
- Currency: the Romanian leu ("lion").
- Climate: temperate and continental, with four distinct seasons.
- Terrain: equally divided between mountains, hills, and plains.
- The Carpathian Mountains cross Romania from the north to the southwest.
- Bigar Cascade Falls is the most beautiful waterfall in the world.
- Romania is one of the fastest growing economies and is Europe’s richest country in gold resources.
- Romania's main exports are cars, software, clothing and textiles, industrial machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, metallurgic products, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural products.
- Romania was a source of inspiration for two very famous novels: “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne, and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
- The tallest wooden church in the world has a 23 foot tall cross, weighing 1,000 lbs, on top of the 257 foot tall church.
- Nadia Comăneci becoming the first gymnast ever to score a perfect ten in an Olympic event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
- The fountain pen was invented by Craiova-born Petrache Poenaru in 1799-1875, and was patented in May 1827.
- The Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world, next only to the Pentagon in the United States.
- The Merry Cemetery is a unique burial site with an open-air museum.
- Timisoara was the first city lit by electric street lamps in continental Europe.
Sources:Wikipedia, http://www.romaniatourism.net/romanian-facts/36-interesting-facts-romania/, https://truenomads.com/2013/12/interesting-facts-about-romania/, https://travelaway.me/things-you-didnt-know-about-romania/