Location and Culture:
Romania is located in Eastern Europe, neighboring Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Its population is approx. 19,580,634. Founded after ancient Dacia was conquered by the Roman Empire, surviving centuries of wars with the Ottoman Empire, modern Romania was a communist country. After World War II and in 1989 it became a democracy. It joined the EU in 2007. The culture is the product of its geography and its distinct historical evolution. Famous people: George Enescu (composer), Mihai Eminescu (poet), Constantin Brancusi (sculptor), Dracula (prince turned vampire), Nadia Comaneci (gymnast). Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country's capital and biggest commercial center. About 1,883,425 inhabitants live within the city limits. Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centers and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. The city has big convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional "shopping arcades", and recreational areas.