10 Things: Romania

By Falguni Vyas

August 21, 2012

41% of the Romanian population is at risk of poverty.

The capital of Romania is Bucharest and was once called "Paris of the East"

Agriculture is the primary industry and employs about 29% of the population

The Danube Delta is a World Heritage site and is Europe's second largest delta.

The average life expectancy is 71 years old

Romania was an imperial colony of ancient Rome

The climate is very similar to the northeastern United States, with four distinct seasons.

Romania joined the European Union in 2007.

The colors of the Romanian flag are red, yellow and blue. They are said to represent the blood of the people that fought for the country (red), the grains that feed the people (yellow) and the sky (blue).

Irish author Bram Stroker based his novel Dracula on fifteenth century Wallachian Prince, Vlad Tepes of Romania.