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Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 20/02/2010

Not getting hired, in Romania, is rather a socio-cultural stigma. It works as a rather interesting system.

Romanians have lost almost all properties during comunism. In order to compensate, the new generations wanted their own homes, their own places. Trouble was, their own homes, was in the same cultural and economical environment. The new apartments built after the revolution could not match up in quantity what comunism has achieved through cheap labor force, debt reduction and population starving.

Therefore, the road to owning their own houses that was most accesed by young people starting their careers was through loans, which have especially accelerated during the last decade. To get a loan, in most cases you had to be hired. It was easier to get a loan as an individual than as a business.

Another thing you might find surprising, but which I think had a great contribution to all this is that Ceauşescu [en, wiki] wanted for people to listen very easily to their neighbours, in order to report to the Securitate [en, wiki], so he created all the apartment buildings with thick walls. What does every adolescent want? To listen to music louder. Guess what. In Romania you can’t do that. Because you’re bothering the neighbours and they may call the police.  At leat, if they have their own home, at least there must be their rules and nobody dare bother them!

Therefore, the one coping mechanism that every adolescent could use would become (at least, until the development of headsets market) unavailable. Think of other loud things you would like to do in privacy. Those are also limited, because… of course, the neighbours might hear you.

In effect, what is the favourite coping mechanism of young professionals in Romania? They get a vacation. Usually in another country, and not only because the Romanian tourism sucks and it’s often more expensive than foreign one, but also to prove something as an individual: “Ha, ha, I’ve been to the Canare islands”, to other Romanians who don’t even know where The Canare Islands are.

Now, all these, for Romanians, are redundant, but they are very specific factors that were especially here, and from a historical perspective, explain a lot from what we currently see in the brave new Romanian world. They might turn out to be extremely useful to those who don’t understand the underlying mechanisms of the society and especially to those who consider to invest in Romania.

I could throw some Romanian (research) numbers to prove my point, but there would be so many links I wouldn’t know where to start. It’s like that joke: “After long and expensive research, the Romanian researchers have come to the conclusion the largest concentration of vitamins is to be found in pharmacies and naturist shops.”, although that joke might become a bitter joke considering this [en, blog].

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12 Responses to “Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them”

  1. […] field, either having their own business or a well-payed job). Besides the fact that most Romanians work jobs they hate so that they can buy properties they don’t need, there are certain cultural characteristics that increase the distress by default. This particular […]

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  2. […] is what destroyed Romania in the most part during the last 20 years. The excessive need I was writing about [en, blog]. “Wants” passing as “needs”, payed with loans taken in euro, […]

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  3. […] below, adding to the devastating effect of Ceausescu’s thin walls policy I was writing about here [en,blog]. Now, if I wouldn’t understand WHY this is happening, like most Romanians […]

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  4. […] Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Proprieties Without Enjoying Them […]

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  5. […] Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Proprieties Without Enjoying Them […]

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  6. […] Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them  […]

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  8. […] Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them […]

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  9. […] Unii se legitimează cu bani pe care nu i-au muncit, ca să cumpere lucruri pe care nu le vor, pentru a-i impresiona pe oameni care nu le plac. Alţii se legitimează cu vise pe care nu le-au îndrăznit în copilărie, ca să înfăptuiască sarcini pe care nu le vor, pentru a nu-i dezamăgi pe cei care-i sufoca cu dragostea lor prost înţeleasă. Deşi după cum explicam aici, în România există un alt tip de individualism decât cel din Occident, se pare că modelul a prins cu succes la români. […]

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  10. […] de Ştefan Alexandrescu, publicat iniţial pe Analytic Vision la 20 februarie 2010. Reprodus de aici. Copyright © Ştefan Alexandrescu 2010 pentru versiunea în limba engleză. Copyright © Ştefan […]

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  11. […] Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them […]

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  12. […] pentru a putea cumpăra proprietăţi care nu le plac (27 aprilie 2015) traducerea articolului Romanians Work Jobs They Hate So They Can Buy Properties Without Enjoying Them (20 februarie 2010) despre cum gândesc românii cu privire la achiziţia de bunuri şi […]

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