Romania. How many actual Romanians, really?
I have written before [en, blog] about the issue of abortions and the degree in which this affects the Romanian population. This is, in my opinion, one of the 10 things young idealists can’t change in Romania [en, blog]. These are the results [ro, pdf] of the Romanian census done between 1948-2002. According to the official data of the census from 2011 [en, wiki], they say there are 16.9 million Romanians ethnics counted, out of which about 1 million out of the country. We also withdraw from that another 1 million, which the INS (National Institute of Statistics) assumes they might have been home (but the never got to check that, because they claim only 95 % of the population was covered for – the others were never found at home). That means approx. 15 million people. If we follow the decreasing trend, in the following 5 years from 2011 (yes, by 2016, there will be only 14 million ethnic Romanians actually living in Romania, which is about 7-8 million less than twenty years ago and less than the Romanian population that was in Romania in the late ’40s.
One of the main problems is also the structure of this population: a lot of people growing older, fast. Business Magazin has even called it a “demographic timebomb”[ro, php].
One of the most important economic advantages of a country is its growing demographics. It is an unbreakable law of how things work in a society. You can watch a documentary about it [en + ro, blog] and I certainly recommend you to read a book written by one of the best geopolitical analysts of the world, George Friedman [ro, blog]. Considering the top of the countries by fertility rate [en, wiki] (which has to be higher than 2.1), it seems that the no. 1 county in Europe is Kazakhstan (which has a fertility rate between 2.31-2.59, according to different sources). Kazakhstan is followed by Albania or by Greenland (according to CIA vs. UN sources).
The Romanian population has one of the least amounts of space available per capita [ro, php] from the countries of the European Union, which adds to what influences the Romanians to not have any more children.
The “solution” which most Romanians seem to use to their own destruction as a people and as a nation is called abortion – that is, exactly not wanting to have children. More than a third of the Romanian women which declare themselves Orthodox seem to have had an abortion, according to a research meta-analysis [ro, blog]. The theory is: “it’s a mortal sin to commit abortion…” and the practice is “…but we do it anyway”. Even more, 84 % of the fertile women in Romania blame it on the state [ro, php] (?!), although 47 % of the Romanian women don’t go to the gynecologist for years.
Which “future Romania”, to be exact?
Now, in all this, I have kept a bright perspective: that Romania would keep its borders the following years. That also might be a difficult task, as Russia plans to federalize the Republic of Moldavia and one Moldavian political movement sustains a plan which incorporates into the future federalized state the Moldavian region of Romania and Bucovina (source [ro, html]). The disintegrating patterns of Moldavia also come from the inside [ro, html].
Also, the Hungarian Parliament, aided by the Hungarian leaders from Romania, [ro, php] publicly and officially want more and more control over Transilvania, upon which there is the pressure to become an autonomous land (maybe the same way Transdnistria, a.k.a. Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic [en, wiki] has become a de-facto state since gaining its “autonomous statute”).
Traian Basescu doesn’t care about the minorities of Serbia [ro, html] and insists on the administrative re-organization of the country [ro, php].
The next time you hear a Romanian woman complain: “it’s a terrible country” or “it’s all going to hell”, consider also asking: “and now tell me about your experience with abortion”. You might find they may very well have put a stone to the grave of a dying nation: 16 million people. 22 million abortions in the last 25 years. For every 100 pregnancies, there are 32 abortions (source [ro, php]). The new census has been called “the chronicle of an announced ethnical suicide” [ro, blog]. What happens in Romania is totally beyond the demographic transition [en, wiki], illustrated here [en, jpg].
In a country which does not provide economical reasons or cultural tolerance for foreigners to migrate into, such as Romania (one cannot really imagine Romania welcoming millions of Chinese or Indians), there is no point for any serious foreign investor to come. This article [ro, blog] arguments this point of view. The graphic it uses marks 16.7 million Romanians in 2050.
What do we celebrate today
If last weekend there was the official commencement of the church year, this weekend we had the first major celebration: The Holy Mother of God, Mary, followed today, in the Sunday before the Rising of the Cross, by the celebration of St. Joachim and Ana, who gave birth to the Mother of God. This birth has been a miracle, as both parents were very old and they prayed a lot in order to have a child. To the Jews, it was considered as a bad sign from God if a married couple did not have any children. On this occasion, I find a good opportunity to comment about a very current issue. If the Christians celebrated yesterday the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary in such conditions, today they should cherish the parents which gave birth the her.
Often times, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of miscounting the importance of a certain day based on the illusion that what that saint or those saints stood for might not be actual. On the contrary, the very presence of modern issues, in the same form or another, calls upon our attention to honoring those saints and what they stood for in real-life decisions.
Today, on the 9th of September, the Christians celebrate the joy of childbirth against odds, receiving the testimony of St. Joachim and Ana’s fulfillment of prayers. But for those who perpetually contribute to the destruction of the Romanian nation though abortion (either by sustaining it, doing it, ignoring it), it’s not a day of celebration. It’s a day of shame. They are no longer required, by their deeds, to withstand the quality of true Romanian or that of true Christian.
I do insist on this, as it is important to understand what the importance of the celebration day is about. It’s not just a merry occasion to wish people: “happy anniversary” because they are called after a saint.
My best wishes to everyone reading this post who celebrated this weekend their day of the name! I also take this opportunity in wishing all the best to all the Marys and Annes I can remember of. Maria or Mary, and all the other variations is one of the most used names for women, all over the world. And even for men, a Romanian name is “Marian”.
To Maria Bobei, I thank for all the support she has given to me. I wish her a lot of influence and contribution to the work she’s doing.
To Ana-Maria Mihaela Găleţeanu I wish a lot of inspiration for her paintings and, in general, for her art.
To Ana-Maria Brăilean I wish a lot of creativity in convincing collaborators and supervisors to think out-of-the-box.
To Ana Argatu, I wish a lot of insight in catching great pictures on the spot.
To Ana Maria Iana, I thank for a wonderful inspiring presence and I wish her to be the best herself she can be.
To Ana Zavelea, I thank for the interest and wish her a lot of professional development in the area of communication.
To Ana-Maria Cazacu, I wish great parts, to put the light on her talent as an actress.
To Ana Treabă, I wish a great work in bringing the spectacle closer to the clients.
To Anamaria Hâncu, I wish to keep on inspiring a lot of optimism with her charming smile.
To Constantina Mariana Niculiţă I wish lots of dancing opportunities for financing the children’s development in the field of arts.
To Ana-Maria Nedelcu, I wish a lot of success in re-establishing young people on their right path.
To Mădălina Maria Lupu, I wish a lot of inspiring and motivating career opportunities. Thanks for the key ring, I still have it :)
To Marian Rujoiu, congratulations for the entrepreneurship program now running and I wish you a lot of success in educating the Romanian public!
To Maria Chiriac, a lot of Christian friends!
To Mariana Gina Alehaci, thank you for reading my articles and a lot of inspiration in finding the right one in all that matters!
To Mariana Volf, thank you for the feed-back and for the interest in my articles. I wish you a lot of time to read for personal development!
To Mariana Bichiş, congratulations for being a truly wonderful example of a business woman. I wish her a lot of patience with people like me.
To Ana Vintilă, thanks for the corrections made and I wish you a lot of precision in your work!
To Marius Pîslaru, I wish a lot of opportunities for innovative creativity.
To Ana Stoleriu, I wish a lot of confidence and force.
To Ana Indra Bârcă, I thank for the participation at the workshop and I wish more peace and useful beliefs.
Further references for this article (all in Romanian):
A very optimistic prediction (2009)