or Daco-Romanian (formerly: Rumanian or Roumanian; self designation: limba
română, is a Romance language spoken by around 28 million people, primarily in
Romania and The Republic of Moldova. Romanian has official status in
Romania, Moldova and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia. The
official form of the Moldovan language in the Republic of Moldova is identical
to that of Romanian; a minor difference in spelling was abolished in 2000.
Romanian is also an official or administrative language in various communities
and organisations (including the Latin Union and the European Union).
Romanian speakers are scattered across many other countries, notably Italy,
Spain, Israel, Portugal, United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France and
The Romanian Language Institute (Institutul Limbii Române), established by the
Ministry of Education of Romania, promotes Romanian.
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