Romanian Survival Book

April 5, 2007

Romanians among Europeans

Filed under: Uncategorized — darian @ 5:00 am

Recently, I have read that a German television station made a poll among Germans asking about their views on the other Europeans, who they like the most and why and who they dislike a lot. Guess what: to no surprise, firstly the Germans don’t like the Polish and secondly the Romanians. Then are the Britons ….

Well, I am really curious now what would look like a Romanian survey on the other Europeans. Who we dislike the most? And why?

Jump in with your preferences, I am running this poll and then send it to a Romanian television and newspaper….so don’t hesitate. Take your time over this Easter and think carefully.

I am also launching a challenge for our foreign friends and visitors here: what do you like the most about us and what do you dislike the most? You can only name 3 to maximum 5 things and you need to bring at least one consistent argument why….Please enjoy and participate….you never know what you may win.

hamangia.jpg,  photo: Ganditorul de la Hamangia (The Thinker from Hamangia, 800o years old artifact discovered south east of Romania, Dobrogea)



  1. You judge too fast, again. Why is it that Germans do not like Romanians? Maybe it would be useful for you to find out some stats on Romanians residing in Germany (age, ethnicity, education, and so on) and rejudge the poll’s results.

    Comment by NotSoImportant — August 5, 2007 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  2. This seems quite strange to me… I personally know two “Germans” residing in Romania. Both are well-educated professionals. And both have Romanian wives, whom they, at least to me, seem to love and appreciate.

    I believe that many of these various “polls” are only useful in their qualification and implementation.


    Comment by God Savethequeen — August 6, 2007 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  3. The Germans don’t like the British, huh? Nor the Romanians?? The cheeky sods lol, I am British Romanian (have a Romanian parent but lived in the Uk virtually all my life)and all I can say is that the British don’t like the Germans much either – they still think we’re fighting WW2 and haven’t quite moved on from that point. Equally, the French are not very popular here in the UK either, for whatever reasons – but that’s fine because in turn the French despise the English (because of Trafalgar, somebody explained to me), etc. Don’t you just love the feeling of brotherhood in the united Europe?!?

    Comment by V. Bell — July 23, 2008 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  4. Welcome to the land of the shallow.

    Comment by Jack sigil — November 27, 2008 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  5. I see why the Germans’ hate Britain, of course they would. Why the Polish people I don’t get. They have no right to hate them in my opinion. And why would they hate Romanians’?

    I myself am Scottish/Romanian. My Dad came to Scotland a year before the Communists fell. I was born and lived in Scotland all my life and here I would say Romanian’s are viewed quite well, except for the Gangs who use the poor children in the city center.

    But other than that it’s Germany, England and Poland that isn’t very well liked here. And Pakistan in Asia. And I would say in that order of dilike.


    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 4, 2009 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

    • Scottish Romanian? Thats like an atom of an atom, but related to stingyness!

      Comment by Clau Scmidt — July 22, 2012 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  6. comments by Michelle Jamieson Basarab

    What rather strange comments you made, I have been to Scotland quite a few times and I have never met anyone who hates English people. Other people I know in England have also never met anyone in Scotland either who hate English people. Strange??? it must be you and your family who have some hatred towards English people only.

    Also there is alot of polish and some Romanian people in my community and nobody hates them and they do not hate us. In fact they are very nice people especially the Romanians they are very nice.

    So I suppose you must put it down to minority of people who just want to stir up trouble and create divisions between people of different cultures.

    Comment by janice — January 11, 2009 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  7. Nowhere in my comment did I mention myself, or my family hating the English. My comments are not the slightest bit strange as I was mearly observing the ‘bravheart’ mentality that still exists in Scotland today, and I was also drawing on my own experience, especially with the English when I mention my Scottish heritage in particular. They seem to have no time for me then. I also live in Glasgow, which sees its fair share of cultural divides.
    So no, my comments are not strange at all, and perhaps you should consider the cultural and social divides that lead us to very diffrent experinces before you make this personal!

    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 11, 2009 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  8. I have family and many English friends living in Scotland, none of them have experienced any hatred towards them from any Scottish people. I have spoken to many Scottish as well as my family and friens people about their culture and never found it a problem.

    “But other than that it’s Germany, England and Poland that isn’t very well liked here. And Pakistan in Asia. And I would say in that order of dislike. ”

    Thanks so we are in par with the terroists in Pakistan then if this is not personal hatred from you what is

    Your not Scottish lady get over it!

    Comment by janice — January 14, 2009 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  9. Excuse me! If you had looked at the Bibliography, you would have seen that that qoute was from the 2006 poll taken on public opinion.
    And if you have never found the culture a problem, then a bloody rose-tinted world for you!
    And personal hatred!? Perhaps if you done a little research on public mentality you would understand my comments.
    And pray tell, what right do you have, you who’ve only experienced Scotland through English family and quite likely, middle/upper-class Scottish friends while visiting here, to tell me that I’M not Scottish!?
    You especially have no right to judge!

    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 15, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  10. Yes I am English and my husband is Scottish and might I add many generations of his family are Scottish. I have family in both England and Scotland. I visit Scotland many times a year to visit them. His family are not middle/upper class. They and people I have met in Scotland do not have any hatred toward English. My husband does not accept you as a true Scottish person either. Its you that has the hatred towards English only. So get over it.

    Yes you might be the first generation of your family born outside of Romania but this does not make a true pure Scot.

    Comment by janice — January 16, 2009 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  11. Hey Janice,

    sorry to interrupt, but the last words “…true pure…” may have been used by other regimes or nationalists, such as the Nazis… Just a thought! Carry on, I like the dialogue between the two of you 🙂

    Comment by pappy — January 16, 2009 @ 5:37 am | Reply

  12. Pappy

    Should have said not a true “pure-blood” Scot, which in my mind means, if you are then you would have to be decended from a long line of a family who has always lived in Scotland. (you know – what you call your ancestry). There is no meanining in it about being part of the Nazi regime or a superior race at all). I have never once thought of it this way.

    Yes she was born in Scotland and raised there but although she is first generation to be born in Scotland she is not a true pure-blood Scot.

    The reason why I replied was that I am sick and tired of people making remarks about England and the English people and their culture. Yes there are bad areas and people in the UK but this is the same for every other country on this planet of ours.

    You know just because the US and the UK have stood up to terroists and Terrorism ,other countries have no right to laugh and mock us, critise everything we are and what we believe in. I feel insulted that she put us in the same group as pakistan. Yes UK ans US have many faults but we are not the scum of the earth.

    I would also like to say that only in 2007 an incident in which a car was driven at Glasgow Airport’s main terminal and burst into flames had been seen as a terror attack. (this where she lives!) So make a thow away comment like hers is disgusting and thoughtless.

    This why I threw the Scots issue back at her, if she wants to criticise me and my culture and say all Scottish people hate England then she has to accept comments like mine back.

    if you cannot accept it then don’t dish out!

    Comment by janice — January 16, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  13. The 2007 attack on the airport here in Glasgow is exactly WHY I made the previous comment! If you so much as look at ANY of the public opinion polls from then concerning the countries, then you wpuld see the evidence for yourself!
    And do you know why accept your bloody cooments!? I want to make this point clear to you, the very point made at the start of this thread!
    And if you’d bother to read back, it was you who made the personal attack on me. Making snap judgments without reading the bloody context!
    It’s you that can’t seem to take it!
    And ig you’re the one preaching about different nationalities’ etc. then why do you feel ‘disgusted’ to be in the same grouping as Pakistan according to the Poll in the first place?
    And keep in mind hen that i’m only dishing out what you gave me in the first place, but it seems as if you have a liitle personal hatred of your own.

    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 16, 2009 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  14. And also, where are you getting this that I have a perosnal ventetta against all English people?
    And of course I’m not ‘true, pure’ Scots! Nobody truly is.

    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 16, 2009 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  15. But other than that it’s Germany, England and Poland that isn’t very well liked here. And Pakistan in Asia. And I would say in that order of dilike.

    This is your comment you cannot deny now what you said.

    So you are a spokesperson for all of Scotland stating the what you said above or is it just you ranting on because nobody will pay attention when you talk about your scottish heritage (maybe its not that topic but that they cannot be bothered to listen to you no matter what topic you talk about)

    cannot be bothered with you anymore I have alot of better things to do with my time

    Comment by janice — January 17, 2009 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  16. Your personal attack on this girl is disgusting Janice! Nowhere in her orginal comment did she say this was her personal view! You were the venomous bitch who attacked her! Her claims are legit if you so much as look at any Scottish Council poll website.
    I myself am Pakistani and living in England, your comment about being ‘disgusted’ about being put in the same group as ‘Us’ is deeply disrepectful!
    You owe this Michelle an apology.
    P.S. Of course your Scottish husband would back you up! You’ve bet him into submission, like all English woman!

    Comment by Selim — January 17, 2009 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  17. How dare you Janice! I have to agree with Selim, you are the one with a persoanl hatred! Not the girl you decided to pick on! You should respect that her family escaped from a Totaliterian regieme and she was brought up in one of the worst cities in Europe. she is only reflecting the culture in which she was brought up in, and that said in the public opinion polls. I myself an English/Irish. I understand where she is coming from. It is you who can’t take it when she defendes herself.
    Selim’s right, you have whipped your husband by the looks of it.

    Comment by Siobahn — January 17, 2009 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  18. Quite right, i agree with the above comments.
    Janice, if you had perhaps asked politly for Michelle to show you where she got her information from, she would have shown you. As it is quite clear that these where not her personal views, as nowhere in her orginal comment did she say ‘I’ or in any way express these as her views.
    You where the one to imply she in someway held this malignant hatred, no! It was you spoiling for a fight!
    And how to you have the neck to insult a Romanian-based family strong enough to try and, successfully escape from one of the longest-running oppresive regieme’s in Europe. You have no right!
    Perhaps Michelle should have qouted where her information came from, but if you had researched this 2007 poll you would find it on any central-scottis belt’ council’s website.
    And if that is the view of the english, then I appalude her family for coping with people like you! Full of venom! A ‘vircolicalc!
    Apoligizes’ are in order.

    Comment by Vlad — January 17, 2009 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  19. Oh stop whinig=ng Janice! See where you have went wrong anf accept iy! It was you who started this! Just because you can’t accept your personal demons doesn’t mean you should take it out on other people. This wasn’t an argument, it was a bigot hammering whoever she could get her hands on. In this case, the english on the scottish!
    From your comments, I can see why Patriotism still runs strong in this country. No wonder we Scots feel that way!
    Apoligize to the girl!
    We don’t nee your kind!

    Comment by William — January 17, 2009 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  20. I will not say sorry


    I myself am Pakistani and living in England, your comment about being ‘disgusted’ about being put in the same group as ‘Us’ is deeply disrepectful!

    well look at reign of terroism and fear you people have subjected the English and the US to, people dislike pakistan and its people and are wary of you and do not trust you even if you are a nice person. This is a burden I am afraid the inocent peaceful pakistanis must carry until the world changes.


    she was brought up in one of the worst cities in Europe

    so your saying Glasgow is one of the worst cities in Europe so you dislike Scottish people? or Glasgow?


    And how to you have the neck to insult a Romanian-based family strong enough to try and, successfully escape from one of the longest-running oppresive regieme’s in Europe.

    So your saying she sees herself is a Romanian only and therefore not scottish (which I have stated all along)by the way she cannot escape from something when she was not even born when her father left Romania.


    Just because you can’t accept your personal demons doesn’t mean you should take it out on other people. This wasn’t an argument, it was a bigot hammering whoever she could get her hands on. In this case, the english on the scottish!

    How do you know what my personal demons are, you do not know me. A BIGOT THEN michelle is also a bigot, Scottish against English

    shall i quote what she said

    But other than that it’s Germany, England and Poland that isn’t very well liked here. And Pakistan in Asia. And I would say in that order of dislike (Selim she does not like you and your country either)

    also And pray tell, what right do you have, you who’ve only experienced Scotland through English family and quite likely, middle/upper-class Scottish friends while visiting here

    so why should i say sorry when she has insulted me, my culture, my country and has said my scottish friends are only stuck up middle/upper-class people.

    My husband is not under my control we are very happy and have many friends and family in Scotland, who are appalled by what she said and that she should say sorry not only to me but to them as well

    ps. say you want after this but I will not be reading it.

    Comment by janice — January 17, 2009 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  21. I think this argument should stop right there. The lady’s first comment might have been indirectly insulting, being that it was qouted from this poll; in the first place.
    But this Janice made it personal and continued the argument. So yes, you were spoiling for a fight. And incase you hadn’t noticed this thread was asking for different countries’ opinions on the exact matter discussed in the prginal thread post.
    Janice, it was you who insulted many more people, so don’t think you can cry victim here when you shoved your out-dated and blinkered opinions down the opposing lady’s throat!
    You owe an apology not just to her, but to all other cultures you subsiquently isulted bu blatanly professing your “disgust” and being grouped by them.
    It’s people like you that make England such a hated country.

    Comment by M.K.J — January 18, 2009 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  22. Janice If you can say that she insulted you, then you can at least admit that you too insulted her without asking her rhyme or reason behind her qouteation, or indeed why she thinks this way.
    And yes, this argument should halt.
    Move on.

    Comment by Oskar — January 18, 2009 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  23. Swiftly moving on from the argument above.
    I myself have been born and bred in the perhaps the more… spirited and… colourful schemes of Glasgow. And the Romanian’s have been accepted with open arms here in Scotland.
    If anything, I myself have a few Romanian friends who’ve escaped the regieme and they are highly spirited and glad to be accepted into the Scottish culture.

    Comment by Michelle K. J — January 18, 2009 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

  24. I am an English person and I would just like to say that not all of us are like Janice, sadly there will always be a minority of people around the world who are like Janice. What I would say though, is there are alot of very nice and friendly people in England who are not racist or predjudice against anybody in Scotland or abroad and I am disgusted with the vicious attack Janice made towards Michelle.

    Michelle you will always receive a warm welcome from my family, friends and me if you ever come to visit Northumberland.

    Since doing my website about the great actor Marcel Iures I have been in contact with a few Romanian people and I would just like to say that they are very nice people, so kind and generous. I myself am learning Romanian so that I can converse with them better. I think Romania and its people are wonderful and I will not have a bad word said about them.

    Same goes with Scotland as well, I have visited different parts of Scotland including Glasgow and I find the people there are warm and friendly with a good sense of humour.

    I also am hoping to visit Bucharest in Autumn this year and would like to visit areas outside the city as well. So looking forward to that.

    Michelle if I had met you whilst in Scotland and you told me about your Scottish heritage I would have been interested.

    Best wishes from Melanie

    Comment by Melanie — January 19, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  25. Thank you everyone.
    And thankyou Melanie for understanding where I was coming from from qouting that Poll.
    And even though I know not all English are like Janice, I couldn’t help but defend myself.
    And you’re quite right the Glaswegian’s have a good sense of humor, if a little peculur. :)And I still have some family around the Bucharest area and if you would like any recomendations for places to visit in Romania, I’d be happy to point you to some intresting sights in the City and to some less well-known places that would be enjoyable.


    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 19, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  26. Thankyou so much Michelle

    This will be my first time in Bucharest well first time in Romania actually. My main reason is to see Marcel Iures perform on stage at either the Teatrul ACT or Teatrul Odeon. But it will be part of a two week holiday.

    Yes I would love to know where some of the intresting sights in the City are and some of the less well-known places. Especially places to eat and to buy food as I will be in a self catering apartment.

    Thankyou Michelle you are so kind

    Comment by Melanie — January 19, 2009 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  27. Melanie,

    Some general advice for a stay in Bucharest would be,
    – firstly, be VERY careful of the traffic, there can be cars, bikes, pedestrians and all matter of things on the out roads going into the city center, and nobosy really pays attention to the highway code.

    – In the city center keep all valuables in preferably, zipped pockets, especailly as cut-purses are common, although the Police are doing a grand job cutting down on this kind of thing. You may also come across the occasional street-kid gang, they will beg, but only to distract you. Try to keep away from allayways to avoid them.

    – Buying bread and baked good from shaked-stalls in the city is fine, and are usually very good, considering the locals from nearby villiages bake these goods themselves, but avoid meat products, especailly late on in the day. For meat and veg. etc. you are better off going to the new supermarkets.

    – Try and stay away from the big fast-food places, as these can be expensive, the little cafes’ are usually fairly prices and have lovely food to buy and take away.

    Just some general advice for just now, I’ll look out sights for you and post them ASAP.

    Comment by Michelle Jamieson Basarab — January 21, 2009 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  28. Hi Michelle

    I am hoping to be staying on Calea Victoriei and i believe there is alot os shops, supermarkets etc there.

    Thanks for the advice, I am not sure if you are your relatives would know where the best shops are which sell DVDS. I am interested in buying Romanian films starring Marcel Iures (not bothered if they are only in Romanian)

    thanks again

    Comment by Melanie — January 22, 2009 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  29. Hi Claudia! I wish you could write about how are Romanians as friends, specially when the friend is from another country. It would help me understand so much! Thank you so much for keeping up such a great blog! You are awesome! 🙂

    Comment by Friendofaromanian — May 15, 2009 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  30. Off topic – Help with PM?
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    Comment by Boss Resurfacing — September 7, 2009 @ 4:23 am | Reply

  31. Hi, I am romanian. I love you all despite race, gender, nationality, height, age etc. etc. 🙂
    Bye !

    Comment by octavian — December 28, 2010 @ 4:33 am | Reply

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