Customs in Romania
Romanian is the official language in Romania, spoken by approximately 90% of the population.
Currency used in Romania is the New Leu (RON) - L
Romania is a hierarchical society and Romanian families are patriarchal. The family is the center of social structure, and obligation to one's family is number one priority.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
Upon meeting someone, greet them formally with a quick, firm handshake, direct eye contact and a salutation of the time of day.
If you are invited to a Romanian home for dinner, bring the hostess flowers or chocolates and if they have children, bring a small gift for them. (If you choose to bring flowers, carnations and roses are appreciated - make sure there are an odd number of stems.) Some Romanian households have a ‘no shoe' rule; if your host answers the door without his, remove yours before entering the home.
Remain standing until you are shown to your seat at the dinner table. Wait for one of your hosts to say "Pofta Buna" before you begin eating. Instead of laying your napkin on your lap, leave it on the table in front of you. When you are finished, indicate so by laying your knife and fork across your plate, prongs downward.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Romania.
Restaurants- although service fee may be included in the bill, if your
service was good, a tip of 5-10% will be appreciated.
Customs and Etiquette in Business
Schedule meetings at least 3 weeks in advance and avoid making appointments during the popular vacation months of July and August.
When attending a business meeting in Romania, men should wear a dark suit with a white shirt and tie. Ladies should dress elegantly, preferably in a skirt and blouse or business suit with high heeled shoes.
Arrive on time and greet the highest ranking person first as Romania is a hierarchical society. Be prepared for lengthy talk to get better acquainted before getting down to business; the purpose of an initial meeting is to discuss the matter and get to know new business associates. Decisions are not normally made until the second meeting.
Have your business card printed in Romanian on one side, and make sure to list advanced university degrees and the founding date of your company.