Every country has a stereotype, including Romania, so today we will tell you all about Romanian stereotypes! So far Europe Language Café has talked about German, Dutch, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Polish stereotypes. Let’s find out which of these stereotypes are true and which ones are false.
Romanians are gypsies
This is false! In fact, gypsies originate from India and are all over Europe. Roma people only account up to 2.5% of the entire population. Romanian people get very irritated about other countries portraying them all as gypsies.
Romanians hang garlic in their homes
Apparently, this is to keep vampires away! However, this is a lie as vampires do not exist…
Romanian language is Slavic
This is not true! Romanian is a Latin language similarly to Italian and French! Some words are however Slavic, but not enough for Romanians to understand other Slavic languages.
Romanians are very religious
This is true! Almost all Romanians are Orthodox. Although half of them do not attend church, they practise their religion at home.
Romania is full of stray dogs
This is quite true. This mainly refers to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where stray dogs affect the city’s image. However, these dogs are not dangerous! Fun fact they wait for the green light before crossing the road, more than humans do!
Romania is dangerous
This is false. Of course, you have to be wary everywhere these days, however Romania is one of the safer countries.
Romanians are vampires
This is not true! This myth comes from a legend about the Emperor of Romania who apparently liked to drink blood and his dad’s name was Vlad Drakul.
Romanians speak Russian
Just like another language some people know Russian and some do not, Russian used to be taught in schools during the communism, however it is not anymore.
Romanian’s capital is Budapest
This is false, Romanian’s capital is called Bucharest and people get it confused with the capital of Hungary. So, do not forget this, as Romanians dislike this mistake!
Romania is dirty
This is false, the streets in Romania are usually very clean! And one of its cities was ranked first in Europe for air quality!
Have you ever heard of these Romanian stereotypes before? Make sure to tell us in the comments below!
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