Live and Invest in Romania


Europe’s Crossroads

RomaniaCastleRomania is a big Central European country that makes big sense right now for big, central production. Its port on the Black Sea gives access to the East and the Middle East, and more and more organizations worldwide are looking for ways to take advantage of this.

Including the U.S. Air Force, which is moving out of Germany and Turkey and into strategically located and non-Islam-sympathizing Romania. We don’t know if this is a plus or a minus long term, either for Romania or for its would-be residents or investors, but we remember that the U.S. military presence in Panama, for example, while it continued, sure proved a boon for that country’s economy.

Romanians speak a Latin-based language that is relatively easy for Westerners to decipher (unlike the languages of Croatia and Montenegro, for example). The country’s interior is beautiful…but not a likely retirement or full-time living haven…as winters are harsh. Great (and increasingly trendy) choice for a ski getaway, though.

Real estate values continue up, but it’s still possible to get a true bargain, both in Bucharest and, especially, beyond.


Romania at a Glance

Population22.3 million (July 2007)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)$246.7 billion (2007)
GDP Per Capita$11,100
Inflation Rate4.6% (2007)
CurrencyLei (RON)
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar2.45 Lei = 1 U.S. Dollar (March 2008)
Population of Capital City2 million (2007)
Time ZoneGMT plus 2
SeasonsDistinct seasons: dry, warm springs; wet, hot summers; dry, cool autumns; cold, snowy winters
International Dialing Code40
Electricity230V / 50 Hz; Plug Types: C, F
Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic
Name and Party Affiliation
of Current Leader
Traian Băsescu, Democratic Party
Income Tax Rate for Residents16%
Property Tax0.1% to 0.2%
Capital Gains Tax10% or 16%, depending on ownership duration
Inheritance Tax0.5% to 3%, at degressive rates
Rental Income TaxTaxed at income tax rate
Transfer Tax0.5% to 3%
Sales Tax19%
Restrictions on Foreign
Ownership of Property
Foreigners cannot own land directly; must hold through a Romanian corporation
Local Chamber of
22 Nicolae Balcescu Boulevard, Sector 1
Bucharest 79502
Tel: (0040-01) 61 547 03 06
American Chamber of
11 Ion Campineanu Street
Union International Center, 5th Floor
Bucharest 010031
Tel: (0040) 21 312 48 34
Primary Exportstextiles, footwear, metals, metal products, machinery and equipment, minerals, fuels, chemicals, agricultural products
Residency and Visa RequirementsTourist Visa: 90 days upon entry
Residency: work, temporary resident, permanent stay visas
Citizenship: after 5 years of legal residence and proficiency in the Romanian language, culture, and history
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or RetireesNone
National AirlineRomanian Air Transport (TAROM)
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