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Total country population 19,200,000
Core Jewish population 8,800
Jews per total 1,000 in population 0.46
Population with a Jewish parent 13,000
Enlarged Jewish population 17,000
Law of Return Jewish population 20,000



  • The total population of Romania on 1 January 2016 stood at 19,760,000. Its population declined by 110,700 in 2015, 75,700 of which was due to an excess of deaths over births.
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Romania was estimated to be 9,300 (0.05% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 17,000 (0.09% of the wider population).
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 17,500 in 1990 (0.08% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by approximately 47% over 25 years during which the wider population declined by approximately 14%.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 5,812 Romanians emigrated to Israel.
  • An estimated 20,000 Romanians qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
  • The majority of Romanian Jews live in Bucharest.

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