• Officially: Republic of Moldova
  • Capital: Chisinau

Facts

  • Population: 3.5 million
    • Under 15 yo: 16%
    • 65+ yo: 11.2%
    • Two-thirds of Moldovans are of Romanian descent
  • Languages: Romanian (called “Moldovan” in official documents), Russian
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 73 years (women) (2006)
  • Currency: leu

Geography

  • Area: 33,800 sq km (13,050 sq miles)
  • An Eastern European landlocked nation that is bordered by Ukraine and Romania

Notes

  • Moldova is ranked as the the poorest country in Europe
  • Economy relies heavily on agriculture

Transnistria

  • Transnistria is a renegade district of Moldovia
  • After the disintegration of the Eastern block, this part of Moldova decided to carry on communist ideas.
  • It’s an independent part with its own currency, military, border control and government.

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