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The population of the country is about 20 million inhabitants, and the main ethnic group is formed by the Romanians. Other ethnic groups: Hungarians, Germans, Ukrainians, Lipovans, Turks etc.

The Flag of Romania (celebrated on June 26th) has three colors - red, yellow and blue – set vertically, with the blue next to the pole. The significance of the colors is: Freedom (the blue of the sky), Justice (the yellow of the fields), Brotherhood (the red of the blood).

The Romanian Orthodox Church is the religious institution in Romania with the highest number of believers and traditions of almost two millennia.

There are nine geographical regions: Maramureș, Crișana, Banat, Transylvania, Bukovina, Moldavia, Oltenia, Wallachia and Dobruja.

About Bukovina, The Land of The Beech Tree, is said to be the oldest and most beautiful part of the country, a slice of heaven where the presence of God, Stephen the Great and Mihai Eminescu is felt at every step. Today's Romanian Bukovina includes the largest part of Suceava County (Suceava) and a smaller part of Botoșani County (Botoșani).


Putna Monastery -  named by Eminescu «The Romanian People's Jerusalem», this is where the tomb of the most famous king of Moldavia, Stephen the Great, is located.


Egg Museum in Vama – in this museum you will find over 3,000 Eggs from all over the world, and you will be able to see traditional Easter Egg decorating techniques and styles. Bukovina is one of the few regions where survived the tradition of decorating Easter Eggs.


Ceahlău Național Park – considered to be a legendary mountain, a Romanian Olympus, Mount Ceahlău is one of the best known and most visited mountains in the country. In the park surrounding it, there are many species of protected plants and animals, and countless places of stunning beauty.

«Dragoș Vodă» Wisent Reservation – toghether with «The Silver Woods» and «The Copper Forest» (mentioned in Eminescu's poetry), it forms the Vânători-Neamț Natural Park. Within the wildlife reserve live both captive wisents and specimens that are left to roam freely the park's forests.


The most beautiful expression of Romanian traditions is probably the folk costume, that was preserved and passed on with great care and pride from generation to generation, and that is still worn at times of great celebration. And nothing is more traditionally Romanian than ia – the garment that has souls sown into it.

Located in northeastern Romania, Botosani County can be distinguished by the cultural diversity marked by the four great geniuses that have risen on these lands: Mihai Eminescu, poet, George Enescu, composer, Nicolae Iorga, historian, Stefan Luchian, painter.

Botosani is the capital and the largest city of Botoşani County, with a population of about 115,070 inhabitants.

Botosani was recognized in its beginnings as a great trade fair, a status that it has long kept. The economic and commercial virtues that the city has in the past, have their explanation in their favorable geographical position, namely the proximity to the country's big waters, Siret and Prut, plus the access to the major commercial roads that crossed Moldova. It remains a large shopping center until the end of the 19th century.


Days of Botosani is celebrated every year on 23 April, the day of the city's patron saint, St. George. The municipality annually grants the "Mihai Eminescu" National Poetry Prize on the occasion of "Mihai Eminescu" Days that take place on January 15 and the "Nicolae Iorga" National Prize awarded in November.


County Museum (Historical and Archaeological section), housed in a historic monument dating from 1913, presents in its 17 rooms the story of Botosani's evolution from prehistory to the present. Exhibits include the dawn of civilization in the region, from the paleolithic era, to the neolithic era (with Cucuteni ceramics), and finishing with the Bronze and Iron Ages. More notable displays include weapons made of sharpened stone and bone, decorated pottery, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines, seals belonging to the lords of Moldavia, and historic jewelry. The museum also includes artifacts from the oldest human habitation found in southeastern Europe, discovered in Ripiceni and partially reconstructed and displayed inside the museum.

  1. Special Vocational School «St. Stelian» Botosani provides specialized educational services in the following areas:

Special education of children with middle or severe/associated mental disabilities from Preparatory to 10th grade (from about 6/7 years to about 16/18 years). This class of partially educated students follows a curriculum focused on simple, practical learning activities, with the aim of developing adaptive skills in everyday life.

Students with easy mental disabilities following learning pathways that enable them to participate in vocational courses, that prepare them for the trade of manufacturing textiles  (from the ninth grade to the twentieth class).

School subjects are organized into the following subject areas: development of communication skills in native language, mathematics and natural sciences, humanities, physical education, arts and technology.

Within the Technology area, for the first to sixth grades, students perform manual skills and from sixth to tenth students perform pre-professional activities. During these activities, students develop their sense of observation and learn to reproduce what they see or feel. They develop better coordination oculo-manual and improve their fine motor skills by tearing, crumpling, cutting, bending, gluing, bonding, array, modeling etc. 

Special Vocational School «St. Stelian» Botosani is a modern institution which aims to promote educational and therapeutic rehabilitation centered on values ​​and principles of inclusive education which offers children the opportunity to develop in terms of personal independence and social responsibility, confidence and tolerance.

We have PC, educational and therapeutic soft-wares, Internet access, TV, printers, multifunctional devices, cameras, projectors, interactive whiteboards, video surveillance systems, cognitive and affective stimulating materials, sports field, gym equipped with sports and physiotherapy equipment, properly equipped workshops for tailoring and knitwear activities which also develop the personal autonomy of pupils.

Romania is a state located in south-eastern Central Europe, on the lower course of the Danube, north of the Balkan Peninsula and on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. It covers almost the entire Danube Delta area and the southern and central part of the Carpathian Mountains.

With a total area of 238,397 square kilometres, Romania is the 12th largest country and also the 7th most populous member state of the European Union, having almost 20 million inhabitants.

Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, and other major urban areas include Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Iași, Constanța, Craiova, and Brașov.

The National Holiday of Romania is December 1st and The National Anthem of Romania is „Deşteaptă-te, române!”.

The official language of Romania is Romanian, belonging to the group of Eastern Romance languages.

Moldavia is the region bounded by the Oriental Carpathians on the west, the Prut River on the east, the Ukrainian border on the north and the Milcov River on the south. It includes the following counties: Iași, Vaslui, Galați, Vrancea, Bacău, Neamț, the largest part of Botoșani and a small part of Suceava.

The Country Seat Citadel in Suceava it was built by Petru I Mușat, fortified by Stephen the Great and for almost 200 years it was the country seat of Moldavia. It was never conquered, but it was surrendered to the Turks without a fight by disloyal boyars, and the invaders torched it.


Voroneț Monastery - also called «The Sistine Chapel of the East», it is renowned for the mural on the western wall, depicting the Final Judgement, and for remarkably persistent color – Voroneț Blue – of which recipe is still unknown to this day.


Mihai Eminescu Memorial – you can visit the house where grew up the greatest Romanian poet, the family church, behind which Mihai Eminescu's parents and two of his brothers are buried, and also the waterlilly lake that appears în so many of the verses of «The Unique Poet».

Lacul cu nuferi, Ipoteşti – The Waterlilly Lake of Ipoteşti

They say the Romanians and the forest are brothers. An old Romanian tradition is to plant a fir tree when a child is born. When the child grows up and marries, the fir tree is decorated and is part of his wedding's joy. And when the man dies, the fir tree is pulled from the ground and placed at the head of the grave

In March, Romanians celebrate the coming of spring with a tradition not many nations have: they offer each other «mărțișoare» that, at the end of the month, they hung on tree branches. In popular belief, these are talismans with magical powers and the spun thread symbolizes the summer (red) and the winter (white).


It should be noted that in the old city center, keep the underground market structure, with vaulted cellars stacked. They have housed the merchandise for hundreds of years, and have also been a refuge for the population during repeated invasions.

An undeniable architectural value is the places of worship of half a millennium old, and the fair district, famous for its architectural value of the historical center.


County Museum (Ethnographic section), housed in a fine example of late-18th-century architecture that once served as the house of Manolache Iorga, the grandfather of the great historian Nicolae Iorga. Open to the public since 1989, the museum displays the most important elements of the area's rural culture; artifacts of the principal occupations (farming, animal husbandry, hunting, fishing, and beekeeping), traditional crafts (spinning, embroidery, furriery, pottery), traditional costumes, and other customary and traditional crafts specific to the Botoşani region.

The Old Centre (The Old Downtown) is the oldest part of the city from an architectural standpoint, bringing together a large number of commercial buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.



All our efforts of educational and therapeutic rehabilitation lead to the final harmonious development of pupils with mental disabilities.

Special Vocational School «St. Stelian» is the only special school in the municipality of Botosani. Our schools courses are attended by 282 students with special needs, whose diagnostics are varied: from moderate to severe mental deficiencies which are associated with disorders which fluctuate and include severe communication difficulties or language disorders and major social adaptive behavior.

Of pupils studying in school, about 64.48% come from families and 35.51% has a special protection (residential or foster care placement professional). 

Our pupils benefit from compensation through specific therapies: psychodiagnosis, speech therapy, kinetotherapy. The activities take place individually or in small groups (1-2 pupils) by teaching staff specialized in special psycho-pedagogy, psychology or pedagogy.

We provide educational assistance for children with special educational needs integrated in mass-learning units (in all schools in Botosani and the adjacent municipalities), home schooling for pupils with special educational needs that are not in condition to be transported, schooling for persons deprived of their liberty, from Botosani Penitentiary.

Out of 70 teachers, 54 performing in school: 16 teachers for special education, 9 teachers for specific therapies, 19 teachers support, 4 specialists for vocational education instructors, 6 teach at the Penitentiary. 16 are associate professors.

50% of the teaching staff have a specialization period of between 5 and 20 years, 35.18% of the teaching staff are 20-40 years of specialization, and 14.81% are beginners (0-5 years).