52 interviews, published weekly for a year.

After living so many years in the Netherlands, we started to appreciate the idea of community of Romanians, we started to understand that it would be very good to find out the one about the other, 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? 



Mihai Netea

“I think that, generally, we talk about success from a professional and personal point of view. To be a successful person, in actual fact, you need both.”

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Ghio Coste

If, during a single day, I succeed in making one or two or three people smile, this means I have achieved my goal. Small victories lead to bigger victories.

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Eliza van Peppen

“For me, having success doesn’t mean material gains. It is a certain contribution that I can bring to the community I live in, to the society, to the country I live in, and in my particular case a contribution to the country I left behind. Through my Romanian classes, I give something back to Romania. The success for me is expressed through the personal satisfaction and through what I offer to the children, first of all.

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Irina Buga

These past years have been full of opportunities, most of which arose in the Netherlands. When my parents left the Netherlands, I decided to stay because my life was already here. Later on, I went abroad for a few years to study and work. I decided to return to the Netherlands because I missed having a certain lifestyle, a certain balance between my professional and personal life. I don’t regret any of my decisions.”

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