There is hardly any up-to-date information about Romania in the Western European media and you are well advised to form your own opinion by visiting the country yourself. On this page we want to try to give you information and impressions that may help you to get to know Romania better.
Romania's current development
Romania is developing and changing a lot. This process has progressed so far in some cities and regions that you can definitely find a standard here that is comparable to Western Europe. On the other hand, there are areas where you feel as if you have travelled back in time 100 years.
The expansion of the infrastructure is currently being promoted with EU funds. Many villages that were difficult to reach a few years ago now have asphalted access roads, running water and sewage systems. In addition, countless EU projects for the development of rural areas and tourism are ongoing.
Many things may seem uncoordinated and perhaps even grotesque at first glance, but in the areas of broadband internet and mobile telephony, Romania is already one of the countries with the highest speed and coverage worldwide. You can find hamlets where the houses have the toilet in the garden, but you can work with your notebook faster than anywhere else.
Romania is self-sufficient in electricity. With a consumption of approx. 50 billion kWh, approx. 62 billion kWh are produced. Renewable energies already account for about 44 % of this. Another positive aspect is the gas deposits in the Black Sea, which will make Romania largely independent of imports.
In many other areas, however, Romania has a lot of catching up to do. The motorway network, for example, is still under construction, but has quadrupled in the last 15 years to over 900 kilometres.
In our opinion, the country will continue to develop positively in the coming years. A good time to invest in Romania or to settle here privately or commercially.
Which regions of Romania are recommended?
Due to the different individual needs (e.g. labour market, quality of life, infrastructure, tourism, etc.), it is not possible to make a blanket statement here. However, we will be happy to help you find a location in Romania that best suits your situation and your wishes.
If you need a job in Romania as an employee, you shouldn't be too choosy. Well-paid jobs can be found in close proximity to cities like Bucharest, Sibiu, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea or Timisoara. Those who are financially independent, can work from a home office or want to realise the dream of self-sufficiency should include the Apuseni Mountains (Romanian Western Carpathians) in their short list.
The same applies to company founders and investors. Those who are not dependent on a specific region (e.g. Bucharest, Sibiu) or infrastructure will find excellent conditions for companies and projects in the Western Carpathians. This is where the economically strong planning regions of north-western Romania and western Romania are located.
Izbuc 37 Consulting S.R.L. is itself located in the Apuseni Mountains and recommends this region, which extends over the counties of Alba, Arad, Bihor, Cluj and Hunedoara, among others for the following reasons:
- Proximity to the Hungarian border and therefore shorter travel times and transport routes to Western Europe
- Location in the economically strongest planning regions West, Northwest and Centre
- good accessibility of the "Apuseni Mountains" region
- beautiful area with untouched nature and unique biodiversity
- almost inexhaustible tourist potential, the development of which is currently under construction
- affordable land prices as the best conditions for buying real estate, setting up a company and making investments
- wonderful villages with good services, a high quality of life and warm-hearted people
- especially suitable for expatriate families with children or pensioners
The Apuseni Mountains should be at the top of your Romania planning list.
Romania is perfect because it is not perfect!
Are you punctual and do everything perfectly? Then Romania will be a culture shock for you. According to the motto "You have the clocks, but we have the time!", people here are still punctual even if they are 2-3 hours late and don't understand any excitement.
The urge for perfectionism hardly exists here. If something is "frumoasa" (English: wonderful), it doesn't necessarily have to work. If it does work - no matter how it looks - it is at least "bun" (English: good).
But seriously! Isn't it things like over-punctuality, perfectionism and over-correctness that lead to permanent stress, burnouts and other illnesses?
If you are planning to buy a house, set up a company or even emigrate to Romania, you would be well advised not to take everything too seriously and to get involved in the mentality of the Romanians. If you succeed in doing this, you will have an excellent time living and working.