For many of these people, life revolves around work as many people have jobs with
regular hours, most of which run from about 9:00 am to about 5:00 pm. However, these
jobs are typically only found in the cities in the business and services sectors.
In towns hours vary to meet the expectations of the visitors so there is little
consistency from place to place. Like the odd hours in many workplaces, schools
also have these odd hours as some schools work in two shifts, one in the morning
and one in the afternoon. Despite this alteration in lifestyle, family is still
central to the people no matter their daily schedule.
As Romania continues to change and slowly integrates itself into the European Union
the way of life is likely to slowly change to a more Western European-styled model
with more regular working hours and likely also a shift from agriculture and rural
living to a more urbanized lifestyle.
Romanians typically identify as Romanian, and much like
their nation's history, the individuals have never really seemed to define this
term other than in ethnic terms. In this way, the definition of this identity is
rather vague, but is reliant on the ethnicity of the individual and to a lesser
degree also the language, religion, and culture of the people. Citizenship seems
to have little role in the identity, especially considering the many ethnic minorities
in the country. Among these ethnic minorities, such as the Hungarians (or Magyars),
most identify first with their ethnicity or language.