52 interviews, published weekly for a year.

After living for so many years in the Netherlands, we started to appreciate the idea of a community of Romanians, we started to understand that it would be very good to find out about one another, who we are, why we are here, why we feel good in this country.

And so the project Noi Rădăcini – New Roots – was born: a format based on short interviews, which will be published every week for a year. 52 interviews in total.

Who is it for? First, to say that Romanians feel good when living in the Netherlands. We can collect their stories, some different from the culture and traditions they left behind, and we can learn from them. We, Romanians, want to learn about other Romanians, to understand the different facets of living and being successful in the Netherlands.

Second, Noi Rădăcini wants to be a credible source of information for the Dutch people, focusing on the good things Romanians actually do in the Netherlands, from things that are tangible and easy to appreciate, to less tangible things that nevertheless make the Dutch society work.

There is also a third reason for Noi Rădăcini to exist, a reason perhaps only meaningful to the authors: we were and remain curious about Romanians living in the Netherlands. Who are these beautiful and courageous people? 



Oana Cipcă

“To me, success means seeing every day that a human life is being supported. … seeing happy people around me.”

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Sorinela Ciobîcă

“The biggest reward is when a Dutch child thanks you for the lesson and they wish you a nice weekend. And there’s something else I like. Sometimes they come and ask me “Are you looking forward to the lesson? Because we are!” That’s a big deal for Dutch kids …”

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Rodica Teodorescu

“Success resides not only in reaching a certain status but also, when walking down the street and passing by a wonderful building, in knowing that it’s also thanks to your daily work that the building still exists. It brings me infinite satisfaction to tell my friends or acquaintances: “If you haven’t been to the Rijksmuseum yet, do so, it’s very beautiful.”

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Ioana Biris

I remember a sunny day when I was sitting in the old garden of the Stedelijk Museum; I bought a book, ordered a cup of coffee, read for hours and felt really deeply happy inside. At that moment I told myself I would never leave this city.

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