Carmen Iohannis

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Carmen Iohannis
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Carmen Iohannis (first from left) with her husband, Klaus Iohannis, during a reception for Independence Day in 2018
First Lady of Romania
Assumed office
21 December 2014
Preceded byMaria Băsescu
Personal details
Carmen Georgeta Lăzurcă

(1960-11-02) 2 November 1960 (age 58)
Sibiu, Romania
Klaus Iohannis (m. 1989)
Residence29 Bâlea Street, Sibiu (private)[2]
Vila Lac 3, Bucharest (official)[3]
OccupationEnglish teacher at Gheorghe Lazăr National College, Sibiu

Carmen Iohannis (also spelled Carmen Johannis; née Carmen Georgeta Lăzurcă) (born 2 November 1960) is the wife of President of Romania Klaus Iohannis.[4][5][6] She is an English teacher at the Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Sibiu and married Klaus Iohannis in 1989.[7][8] They have no children. Carmen met her husband when they were both students at the Babeș-Bolyai University. Immediately after graduation, the two were assigned as teachers to Agnita and Sibiu.[9] She was the reason Iohannis chose to stay in Romania when the rest of his family emigrated to Germany in the early 1990s. She is an ethnic Romanian, while her husband is a Transylvanian Saxon.[10]

Carmen Iohannis is the descendant of a Romanian Greek-Catholic family from Sântu, a village near Reghin, Mureș County.[11] During the prohibition of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church by the communist authorities, Carmen attended surreptitious services officiated by Archpriest Pompeiu Onofreiu at his home in Șelarilor Street, services which were also attended by Klaus Iohannis.[12]

Public image[edit]

In a ranking conducted by, Carmen Iohannis figures among the most beautiful and elegant wives of world leaders, alongside Queen Letizia of Spain, Kate Middleton and Queen Rania of Jordan.[13]


Carmen Iohannis is a declared sympathizer of the Romanian Royal Family and a admirer of former President Barack Obama's wife, Michelle.[14] She is a great amateur ballet dancer, loves French cuisine and exercises at home with a personal trainer. She also plays the piano.[15] Carmen is also passionate about theatre and, with her husband, is present at all performances at Radu Stanca Theatre. Often, at the end of the performances, spouses Iohannis go behind the scenes, congratulate actors and give them flowers.

She is a religious person and sings in the choir of the Jesuit Church of Sibiu.[16][17]


  1. ^ "EXCLUSIV Klaus Iohannis. Secretele neamţului care vrea să fie preşedintele României".
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  3. ^ "Guvern: Iohannis a primit Vila Lac 2, dar se va muta în Vila Lac 3 după ce Băsescu va pleca".
  4. ^ "Back to school for Romania's new First Lady". euronews.
  5. ^ "REPORTAJ Euronews despre Carmen Iohannis: Noua Primă Doamnă a României şi-a reluat activitatea la catedră în Sibiu - VIDEO".
  6. ^ "Aplauze pentru Prima Doamnă. Carmen Iohannis primită de elevi cu „We are the champions"".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2014-11-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Klaus Johannis spune că a votat pentru normalitate". REALITATEA.NET. 19 March 2015.
  9. ^ Klaus Iohannis. "eBook - Pas cu pas, Klaus Iohannis -".
  10. ^ "De la doamna profesoară la Prima Doamnă. Cine este Carmen Iohannis".
  11. ^ "Acasă la Sântu, la verişorii doamnei lui Klaus Iohannis". Archived from the original on 2014-11-08.
  12. ^ Ioncea, Iulian. "Noua primă doamnă a României! Cine este Carmen Iohannis şi ce ştim despre ea?". (in Romanian).
  13. ^ "Top 10 cele mai frumoase sotii de lideri mondiali. Carmen Iohannis, printre cele mai stilate Prime Doamne". (in Romanian).
  14. ^ "Cine este Carmen Iohannis, soţia preşedintelui ales al României, o admiratoare a familiei regale şi a lui Michelle Obama. GALERIE FOTO".
  15. ^ "Cine este Carmen Iohannis. Tot ce nu stiati despre sotia candidatului ACL". Stiri pe surse.
  16. ^ (in Romanian) Preşedintele Iohannis a participat la slujba de Înviere
  17. ^ (in Romanian) Klaus Iohannis, prezent la slujba de Rusalii