limba română
Pronunciation roˈmɨnə
Native to

Romania Romania
Moldova Moldova
Transnistria (Disputed region)
Minority in:

Israel Israel
Serbia Serbia
Ukraine Ukraine
Hungary Hungary
Diaspora in:
Italy Italy
Spain Spain
Portugal Portugal
and other parts of Western Europe
Native speakers 24 million  (2007)
Second language: 4 million
Language family
  • Italic
    • Romance
      • Eastern Romance
        • Romanian
Early forms:
  • Romanian
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in Romania Romania
Moldova Moldova
Recognised minority language in Hungary Hungary
Serbia Serbia
Ukraine Ukraine
Regulated by Academia Română
Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Language codes
ISO 639-1 ro
ISO 639-2 rum (B)
ron (T)
ISO 639-3 ron

Romanian (or Daco-Romanian; obsolete spellings Rumanian, Roumanian; autonym: română, limba română ˈlimba roˈmɨnəTemplate:IPA audio link ("the Romanian language") or românește (lit. "in Romanian") is a Romance language spoken by around 24 million people as a native language, primarily in Romania and Moldova, and by another 4 million people as a second language. It has official status in Romania, Republic of Moldova, the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia and in the autonomous Mount Athos in Greece. In the Republic of Moldova, besides the term limba română, the language is also often called limba moldovenească ("Moldovan"); to avoid the political overtones both terms have in that country, a compromise solution has been to call it limba de stat ("the state language").

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