In the last twenty years political and economic changes brought many new business opportunities to Romania. Its capital, Bucharest, is the backbone of the country’s prosperity and growth, which is why this capital is a preferred choice for many international companies and expatriates. Besides its wonderful business opportunities, Bucharest also offers European city living at its best. It has a number of recreational areas, big parks and a river running through the city. Bucharest is a culturally rich capital with Roman heritage, many museums and art galleries. The city has a charming old town as well as modern business centers and shopping areas.

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Bucharest, the capital of Romania, lies in the beautiful plain of the river Danube With nearly 2 million inhabitants it is the economic and political heart of the country.

Also referred to as ‘the little Paris’, the Romanian capital is a bustling modern metropolis full of life and diversity and offers an exciting blend of the historic and the modern.

Bucharest features a pleasant mixture of architectural styles  ranging from grand communist buildings to Art Nouveau to carefully kept Renaissance architecture.

The Romanian capital is a magnet for businesses from around the globe and is home to expats from all over the world.

The center of the city is the location of the beautiful Lipscani area – the charming old town. While it used to be a major trading hub for German traders in 16-17th century, today Lipscani buzzes with life from the local bars, pubs and restaurants.

In the city center, Herastrau Park, Primaverii, and Dorobanti offer apartment living with cafes and shops just out the door.

The northern suburb - Baneasa-Pipera is more green and quiet, and offers easy access to the international schools.

Other landmarks of the capital include the Palace of the Parliament – the 2nd largest building in the world and The Triumphal Arch built in 1935.

Among the many cultural festivals throughout the year Bucharest prides itself with the Opera festival in May and the Bucharest contemporary art biennale.  In addition to culture and art, Bucharest offers a rich choice in terms of night life and entertainment

The Romanian capital is noted for being particularly green. Tree lined boulevards, parks, lakes, and green squares take the edge off city life.

Romanian language is relatively easy to learn especially if you are already familiar with other Latin languages. The grammar is similar to Portuguese while the vocabulary may bring to mind French and Spanish. Generally people speak English and French.  People over 40 are likely to speak a bit of Russian as well – a memento from the communist period era.

The team of consultants here at Move One looks forward to the opportunity to introduce you to Expat living in Bucharest and to helping you settle into this exciting European capital.

Useful Links

Bucharest Expat

Created by an American living in Romania, the Bucharest Expat is one of the only sites built exclusively for expatriates living in the Romanian capital.

Expat Romania

Developed by a small group of expatriates based in Bucharest, this site does a good job of bringing together the growing expat community living in Romania and to offer entertaining and useful information.

Bucharest In Your Pocket

Need any information on what to do, where to eat, and where to go out on your expat adventure in Bucharest? In Your Pocket guides are great resources to get you started in your new home.

Bucharest Life

This blog is a unique perspective into the life and times of living in Bucharest. The main contributor to the blog just so happens to be the Editor in Chief to the In Your Pocket guides (see above link), and he likens ‘Bucharest Life’ to everything he doesnt have space for in the popular visitor’s guides.

Yellow Pages

Looking for a business, number or address in Romania? You’ve found the right place.

Move One InMotion

Whether it be relocations, immigration, moving or pet transportation, Move One’s InMotion blog is a savvy source of info for expats on the move.

Daily News

The Diplomat

Self-billed as a fair and balanced analysis of the political and business scene in Romania, this online daily newspaper will keep the curious expat up to date on the happenings in their new surroundings.

BUConline

A great website filled with news and current events. Updated several times a day.

Romania Insider

Covering the business side of things.

Agerpres National Press Agency

The Agerpres National Press agency is the official “voice” of Romania, running as a public institution of national interest. Its mission is to gather, edit and broadcast in words and pictures information about the latest news in domestic as well as foreign politics, economics, culture and sciences and sports.

Safety and Security

According to the Global Peace Index, Romania ranks 45th of the safest countries in the world. However, like any capitol city in the world, Bucharest can experience the usual petty crime. Crimes against expatriates are not unheard of, so it is worth doubling up on common sense and paying close attention to your surroundings. For more information and advice about personal security, please check the following websites
U.S. Department of State
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes

Climate

Bucharest has, like most of Romania, a temperate-continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. This region of Romania gets all four seasons, although spring is brief and falls mainly in April.  It can get really hot and dry during the summer (40ºC) and really cold during the winter (-20ºC), even though temperatures below -12ºC are extremely rare. Best time to visit is April through June, September through October and early December.

For further weather info click here.

Useful Documents

Click here to download a PDF of Romania’s public holidays.

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