Etiquette in Romania

Romania, located on the Black Sea in Central and Southeastern Europe, is home to over 20 million people.

The official language is Romanian, which is linguistically similar to Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Romania is a semi-presidential republic where executive functions are held by both government and the president. The president is elected by popular vote for a maximum of two 5-year terms. The president appoints the prime minister, who in turn appoints the Council of Ministers

Over 90% of the population belongs to the Romanian Orthodox Church. Other religions include Roman Catholic, Jewish, Calvinist, Islamic, and atheist.

The leu is the currency of Romania.

Romania: Greetings and Gesture Etiquette

Romanians shake hands on many occasions – introductions, departures, and at any point they meet during the day, no matter how many times. Men should wait for a woman to extend her hand.

Good friends will greet each other expansively. Men may kiss each other on the mouth or cheek.

In social gatherings, wait for your host to introduce you to other guests. If seated, rise when introduced.

Hats are popular among Romanian businessmen, but it is polite to remove hats indoors.

Gestures are expansive and largely reflect Italian and Slavic influences.

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