Bulgaria and Romania: Very Similar and Just as Different

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Bulgaria - 4 Comments

They are two neighbouring states: Bulgaria and Romania. They have a similar history, at least in the past eight decades. Both of them entered the European Union on January 1st, 2007, both of them have been blasted since, several times, for not tidying up, not reforming their judicial system effective and fast enough, and what not.

Following Romanian news basically is like following Bulgarian news, even though some events are lagged. The Romanian smoking lobby is trying to macerate smoking bans in buildings right now. We have heard this kind of story before, over here in Bulgaria. Also, 75% per cent of Romanian teenagers consume alcoholic beverages. Yes, we had that in Bulgaria, just days ago.

Sofia is a chaos because of Metro line constructions. Well, so is Bucharest. A growing number of outsourcing companies in Romania employ a growing number of people. In this case, Romania is closing in on Bulgaria, the outsourcing paradise, from the perspective of the employers. Investors from Europe and Asia are building factories, in both countries.

Bulgaria and Romania also share the problem called Black Sea. The latter has a huge pollution issue. Its eco system might fail soon.

But, there are also news which sound different. Romania recently purchased a dozen F-16 fighter jets from Portugal. The first six are expected there today, replacing old MiG-fighters. This kind of thing is not happening in Bulgaria.

On the tourism front, Bulgaria is being overrun by tourists from abroad (rather than refugees from abroad), while Romania is lagging behind, a lot.

There is more Romanian news, which is unheard of in Bulgaria: President Klaus Iohannis will be awarded the Hermann-Ehlers Prize in Germany today, by the Hermann-Ehlers-Foundation, for his persistent fight against corruption in his country. Is there a similar news story Bulgaria? That would be the day.

By Imanuel Marcus





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4 Comments on "Bulgaria and Romania: Very Similar and Just as Different"

  1. brockbadger September 28, 2016 at 2:04 PM · Reply

    As a well traveled englishman who lives in North east Bulgaria I see many differences. I would imagine due to the lack of corruption that still exists in Bg, the Romanians seem to have a far superior road system. Ok so both country’s could do with better transit roads in general, Romania has in the last six years to my knowledge built far more motorway type roads than Bg. The general road system is also lacking in our favourite Bulgarian potholes. With regard to tourism the author of the piece is probably taking sunny beach and golden sands as the pride of BG tourism, but with a little effort and thought BG could be far more than a beach holiday destination. Romanian does seem to cater more for the quiet country traveller. From my personal experience, with the exception of one hotel all others I have visted in BG have been severely lacking in the professionalism of their staff, to the point of seeming disinterested. By contrast Romanian hotels have always been just the opposite,ie Friendly. Please note I am not trying to belittle Bulgaria, but it has a lot to learn.

    • Admin September 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM · Reply

      Thanks so much for your comment! Bulgaria also has a lot to offer for hikers, other adventure tourists and lovers of good spring water baths. But I do agree with a lot of what you wrote. It’s pretty bad what’s going on at the Black Sea. Thanks again.

    • tisho September 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM · Reply

      As a well traveled Englishmen, you probably don’t know this, but in Bulgaria, it’s a national hobby for people to criticize and shi* on their own country, this has now become part of our culture, which is something a lot of foreigners instantly notice after few months of living here. As a result of this, there has been disconnection between the association of the country of Bulgaria, and the identify of being Bulgarian, so nothing negative you say of Bulgaria will be taken personally, in fact, it will be cheered by most people, the more negative you speak about Bulgaria, the more you will be liked. I am exaggerating a little bit, but it’s true that nothing you say of Bulgaria will be taken personally, which is not the case with England, as most English people seem to be incapable of differentiating their own identity from that of their own country, and anything negative you say about England is taken as an attack on their identity. But yeah, i agree with the bad customer service, its horrible, and the reason is because of lack of economic freedom, and lack of a competitive culture for customers, which is due to 50 years of communism, where you have no competition. People are yet to get used to asserting and demanding their rights, as a customer, and citizen.

      • Admin September 28, 2016 at 3:37 PM · Reply

        Thanks, Tisho! I have come across Bulgarians who do take it personal, but at least just as many who do not. If this was a site about the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France or any country, they would be criticized. Have a good day!

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