Romania. How many actual Romanians, really?
I have written before [en, blog] about the issue of abortions and how 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], 16.9 million Romanian ethnicities are counted, out of which about 1 million is out of the country. We also withdraw from that another 1 million, which the INS (National Institute of Statistics) assumes might have been home (but they 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: many people are growing older fast. Business Magazin has even called it a “demographic timebomb” [ro, php].
One of a country’s most important economic advantages 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 recommend you to read a book written by one of the best geopolitical analysts in 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 most minor amounts of space available per capita 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. According to a research meta-analysis, more than a third of the Romanian women who declare themselves Orthodox seem to have had an abortion [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 Romanian women don’t go to a gynecologist for years.
Which “future Romania”, to be exact?
Now, in all this, I have kept a bright perspective: Romania would keep its borders in 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 wanted 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 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 ethical suicide” [ro, blog]. What happens in Romania is beyond the demographic transition [en, wiki], illustrated here [en, jpg].
In a country that does not provide economic reasons or cultural tolerance for foreigners to migrate into, such as Romania (one cannot imagine Romania welcoming millions of Chinese or Indians), there is no point for any severe foreign investor to come. This article [ro, blog] argues 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 significant celebration: The Holy Mother of God, Mary, followed today, on the Sunday before the Rising of the Cross, by the celebration of St. Joachim and Anne, who gave birth to the Mother of God. This birth was a miracle, as both parents were very old and prayed a lot to have a child. To the Jews, it was considered a bad sign from God if a married couple did not have any children. Therefore, on this occasion, I find an excellent opportunity to comment on 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 who gave life to her.
Often, it is pretty easy to fall into the trap of discounting the importance of a particular day based on the illusion that what that saint or those saints stood for might not be actual. But, on the contrary, the very presence of contemporary issues, in the same form or another, calls upon our attention to honor those saints and what they stood for in real-life decisions.
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 it’s not a day of celebration for those who perpetually contribute to the destruction of the Romanian nation through abortion (either by sustaining it, doing it, or ignoring it). Instead, it’s a day of shame. By their deeds, they are no longer required to withstand the quality of authentic Romanian or that of faithful Christians.
I do insist on this, as it is essential to understand the importance of the celebration day. 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 their day of the name this weekend! I also wish all the best to all the Marys and Annes I can remember. Maria or Mary and all the other variations are among the most used names for women worldwide. And even for men, a Romanian name is “Marian”.
To Maria Bobei, I thank you for all the support she has given to me. Furthermore, I wish her a lot of influence and contribution to her work.
To Ana-Maria Mihaela Găleţeanu, I wish for a lot of inspiration for her paintings and, in general, for her art.
To Ana-Maria Brăilean, I wish for a lot of creativity in convincing collaborators and supervisors to think out of the box.
To Ana Argatu, I wish you a lot of insight into catching great pictures on the spot.
To Ana Maria Iana, I thank her for her outstanding, inspiring presence, and I wish her to be the best herself she can be.
To Ana Zavelea, I thank you for your interest and wish her a lot of professional development in communication.
To Ana-Maria Cazacu, I wish significant parts to shed light on her talent as an actress.
To Ana Treabă, I wish you excellent work bringing the spectacle closer to the clients.
To Anamaria Hâncu, I wish to keep inspiring a lot of optimism with her charming smile.
To Constantina Mariana Niculiţă, I wish for lots of dancing opportunities to finance the children’s development in the arts field.
To Ana-Maria Nedelcu, I wish you great success in re-establishing young people on their right path.
To Mădălina Maria Lupu, I wish you many inspiring and motivating career opportunities. Thanks for the keyring; I still have it :)
To Marian Rujoiu, congratulations on 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 for a lot of inspiration in finding the right one in all that matters!
To Mariana Volf, thank you for the feedback and interest in my articles. I wish you a lot of time to read for personal development!
To Mariana Bichiş, congratulations for being an excellent example of a businesswoman. 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 for many opportunities for innovative creativity.
To Ana Stoleriu, I wish for a lot of confidence and force.
To Ana Indra Bârcă, I thank you for participating in the workshop and wish you more peace and productive beliefs.
Further reference for this article (Romanian):
A very optimistic prediction (2009)
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