Moving to Romania
Expats moving to Romania will find it both challenging and rewarding. For many, Romania conjures images of snowy mountains, medieval castles and, of course, Dracula. A relatively safe country, new arrivals soon learn that Romania has far more to offer, especially as the country grows as an international tourist destination and a gateway to business in Eastern Europe.
Situated along the western edge of the Black Sea, Romania's geography encompasses the beaches on its eastern shores and the Carpathian Mountains, which give way to rolling hills, forests, farmlands and rustic villages. Romania’s capital, Bucharest, stands on the banks of the Dambovita River and is the most popular destination for expats moving to the country.
Expats looking for work in Romania often move to its capital and generally find employment in construction, engineering, IT, communications, software development or teaching English. Although salaries in the country are some of the lowest in Europe, this is offset by the low cost of living in Romania.
Foreigners wanting to move to Romania will need to obtain a work permit. As with many ex-communist countries, the process involves a fair amount of bureaucracy. However, EU citizens find it easier than expats moving from other parts of the world.
The country is a key transport hub for Eastern Europe and has a comprehensive transport network with air, water, road and rail transportation available. Large amounts of money are also being invested in the national infrastructure.
Residents have access to public healthcare, although most expats choose to use private services. Similarly, although public education in the country is free, the majority of expat send their children to international schools in Romania. Although many expats may feel restricted about where they send their children to school, accommodation in Romania is varied enough to suit any expat's needs and budget.
Expats moving to Romania are treading off the beaten track when it comes to worldwide expat destinations. But, as an EU-member state, it welcomes business and trade and is eager to make its mark on the business world. Despite this, there are some adjustments that new arrivals make, as most expats experience elements of culture shock. As the official language in the country is Romanian, while a small proportion of the population speaks German, Hungarian and Vlax Romani, English-speaking expats will need to get used to how scarcely spoken their language is. English is spoken more often in larger cities such as Bucharest, Constanta and Brasov, as well as tourist destinations.
Romania offers expats a range of outdoor destinations to explore, interesting cuisine, fantastic cultural sights and opportunities, and a jumping-off point from which to explore a meeting-point between Eastern and Western cultures.