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Coming undone from the immaculate dream. Ten reasons for which Romania is a country of paradox

Coming undone from the immaculate dream. Ten reasons for which Romania is a country of paradox

by Andreea Marinas

If you surf the WWW long enough, it’s impossible not to come across various statistics more or less true. This one seems to be coming from the EU most-trusted institutions and ‘spokepublications’ and probably aims at nothing but giving us all a glimpse on what it’s like to live in Romania, a country still unknown to its residents apparently. Otherwise at least more uproar, if not storms of complaints.

Looks like Romania is ranking first in everything, only India outshining it, with New Delhi which is now officially the most polluted city on earth. There are ten main problems Romania deals with every day and, in order not to be lax in their respect, these are as follows:

  1. The most religious country in the European Union (ranking 1st at the number of churches per capita).
  2. The most backward European country (45% of Romanians have no WC in their homes, compared to 2% in Europe).
  3. Romanians have only half of the average European’s purchasing power, but spend their spear time in malls and hypermarkets and build new malls and hypermarkets even during the crisis.
  4. Romania is the country with the toughest anti-weapons law in the world, the only one keeping its people completely disarmed (motivating the safety of the population), but is the country with the highest corruption in Europe – 40% (Court of Accounts: out of EUR 15 billion per year procurement, EUR 6.2 billion is stolen).
  5. Romania is among the few countries that completely prohibit prostitution (on moral grounds), but it is the largest exporter of prostitutes in the European Union (surpassing Russia and Ukraine).
  6. Romania is the country with the lowest official unemployment rate in the last 25 years on average, but it is the only country where 50% of families declare that they do not have any employees; and 25% of families have only one member employed.
  7. Romania is among the countries with the greatest number of university graduates in the world, but it is the country without any university in the top 500 (lower than the African countries at this chapter) and whose diplomas are not taken into account in employment anywhere in Europe.
  8. Romania is the country where school is compulsory up to the end of the tenth grade in high school (meaning that high school is free), but it ranks first on illiterate scholars (30%) and 42% of the Romanians believe that the Sun revolves around Earth.
  9. Romania is the country with the highest percentage of dissatisfaction with regards to the political class; Romanians are constantly complaining about the corruption and incompetence of their politicians.
  10. Romania is the country with the lowest absorption of European money, but it is the country with the highest percentage of stolen European money (from the little money received and used from the EU), reason for which the European Union cut off the infrastructure funds.

 

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