Living in Romania


After the pandemic, Romania is one of the fastest-growing international destinations for ex-pats.  Romania is a welcoming and fast-developing country. The services industry plays a vital role in the local economy. It has a distinctive culture and identity, and local people are friendly towards foreigners. Life in Romania has a cosmopolitan atmosphere if you choose to live and work in one of the big cities. Still, it can also make you feel like you have travelled back in time, and in a good way too, if you choose to visit or live in a mountain village, where, for example, people still carry the animal feed and production of agriculture by using horses or oxen and carriages. Therefore, people who seek a new life of self-sufficiency, growing their own food and livestock, stewarding the land and enjoying nature will find it very easy to fit right into Romanian village life. However, a town is usually no more than half an hour away, and here one can find all the amenities of modern life, with shops, cinemas, malls, markets, vets, schools, hairdressers, dentists and doctors. Although Romania has a universal healthcare system, where everyone gets free emergency treatment, as a foreigner aiming to live in Romania, you need to have private health insurance to gain a visa to enter and stay in the country, and this will entitle you to use private clinics and hospitals where everyone speaks English too, a feature that may prove helpful until you learn the Romanian language. 

Learning the Romanian language is fairly easy if you already speak another Romance language. Among those languages, Romanian has a more complicated grammar and a lot of Slavic influences over its vocabulary.

State education is free for all children residing on its territory with a shorter school day than in other European countries. However, if you prefer a private school, an umbrella school, home-schooling, un-schooling, world-schooling and another educational alternative that may be out there, it’s all legally possible.

Romania has a decent network of roads and motorways as well as a good network of public transport. Main highways can be congested with traffic, especially those linking Bucharest, the capital city, with other cities. On more rural roads, watch out for children still playing in the street like in the good old days and also for and cows, horses and donkeys grazing on the side of the road. 

EU nationals living in Romania can use their national driver’s license to drive in the country.  

For the best way to view Romania in style, take a cruise along the Danube River.

The international airport is Henri Coanda, about 11 miles north of Bucharest and ten other airports across Romania serve domestic connections.