|Official date of Joining the European Union||1st January 2007|
|Location||(Southeastern) Central Europe|
|Time Zone||Seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (GMT + 2)|
|Ar8+ea||91,725 sq. miles (237,502 sq. km)|
|Flag of Romania||Three vertical stripes: red, yellow and blue.|
|Ethnic Groups||Romanian 89%, Hungarian 7.5%, Gipsy 1.9%, German, Other 1.6%|
|Religions||Christian Orthodox 87%, Roman Catholic 5%, Protestant 5%, Jewish|
|Currency||Romanian Leu (RON)|
|Climate||Temperate, four distinct seasons, similar to northeastern USA|
Romania the 12th largest country in Europe joined the European Union on 1st January 2007. Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Yugoslavia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea and Ukraine to the southeast and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Roughly the size of Oregon, Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland.
Geographical location of Romania:
between latitudes 43°37’07″ and 48°15’06″ North and longitudes 20°15’44″ and 29°41’24″ East.Romania extends approximately 300 miles North to South and 400 miles East to West.
Bucharest — the capital city of Romania — is aligned approximately with the cities of Portland, Oregon; Montreal, Canada; Venice, Italy; and Bordeaux, France.
Romania’s territory features splendid mountains, beautiful rolling hills, fertile plains and numerous rivers and lakes. The Carpathian Mountains traverse the centre of the country bordered on both sides by foothills and finally the great plains of the outer rim. Forests cover over one quarter of the country and the fauna is one of the richest in Europe including bears, deer, lynx, chamois and wolves. The legendary Danube River ends its eight-country journey through eight European countries at the Black Sea by forming one of the biggest and most interesting wetlands in the world, the Danube Delta.
About a third of the country consists of the Carpathian Mountains (also known as the Transylvanian Alps). Another third is hills and plateaus, rich with orchards and vineyards. The final third is a fertile plain, largely devoted to agriculture. The Danube River runs through the country, from northwest to southeast, culminating in the Danube Delta and the Black Sea.