“Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.”

Eugene Ionesco, Romanian playwright and dramatist

80% of the Danube Delta lies in Romania.
It is the largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas, according to UNESCO, hosting endangered species such as sturgeon, otters, wildcats and European mink.

Gheorghe Marinescu, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest, was the first person to see living nervous cells with a microscope.


As product of its distinct historical evolution and geography, Romania's culture is unique. Just like the Romanians themselves, it is defined as the meeting point of three regions: the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Europe - yet, it cannot truly be included in any of them.
Romania A member of the ERSTE Foundation Community from Romania: Marian Daragiu, Ruhama Foundation (Oradea) - one of the winning NGOs of the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration 2009

The diversity of this country is not only geographical, however. The last census in 2002 reported that 535,140 persons were of Roma ethnicity, although the unofficial number is as high as 2 Mio.

With Romania being a EU member, children’s homes have been improved. Yet, many children feel a negative consequence of Romanians’ access to labour market abroad, as their parents had to leave the country to work in Italy and Spain to earn a better living. According to the Romanian Trade Union Federation, there are 3.4 Mio Romanians who have become strawberry pickers, house cleaners and construction workers in those countries. And their children? They are left behind, as orphans of globalisation.


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