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Destination Moldova, the landlocked Eastern European country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania in a region formerly known as Bessarabia. Spoken languages are Moldovan (same as Romanian), recognized regional languages are Ukrainian, Russian, and Gagauz (a Turkic language).

The country covers an area of 33,850 km² making it somewhat larger than Belgium, or slightly larger than the U. Background: Formerly ruled by Romania, Moldova became part of the Soviet Union at the close of World War II.

By far the largest city and capital is Chisinau (Kishinev).

One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist as its president in 2001.

In 2014 the Moldovan Government signed an Association Agreement with the EU, advancing the Coalition's policy priority of EU integration. Geography: Location: Landlocked country in Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania. mi.) Terrain: Highland predominating the central part, rolling steppe, gradual hilly slopes south to Black Sea.

Country Calling Code: 373 Capital City: Chisinau Other Cities: Tiraspol, Balti, Tighina, Rîbnita Government: Type: Republic. Climate: Temperate continental, moderate winters, warm summers. Population: 3.55 million, (2017) excluding the estimated Transnistrian population of 520,000.

Ethnic groups: Moldovans 75.8%, Minor ethnic groups: Ukrainians 8.4%, Russians 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarians 1.9%.

Main religions: Christian Orthodox (93.3%), Baptist (1%), others.

Languages: Romanian (officially known as Moldovan), Russian, Ukrainian, Gagauz. Natural resources: Lignite, phosphorites, gypsum, arable land, limestone.Agriculture products: Vegetables, fruits, wine, grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed, tobacco; beef, milk.Industries: Sugar, vegetable oil, food processing, agricultural machinery; foundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines; hosiery, shoes, textiles.Exports - commodities: foodstuffs, textiles, machinery Exports - partners: Romania 23.1%, Italy 10.2%, Turkey 9.4%, Russia 8%, Germany 6.6%, Belarus 6.4% (2015) Imports - commodities: mineral products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals, textiles Imports - partners: Russia 22.7%, Romania 18.1%, Ukraine 11.5%, Germany 7%, Italy 4.8%, Turkey 4.4% (2015) Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL) Republica Moldova Moldova's Government site.President of the Republic of Moldova Official website of the President (in Moldovan and Russian) Parlamentul Republicii Moldova Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Official website of the ministry with information about the Ministry, Foreign Policy, European Integration and Consular Information.Diplomatic Missions Diplomatic Missions of Moldova Abroad Address list of Moldova's Diplomatic Missions abroad.Foreign Diplomatic Missions accredited in Moldova Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Moldova. National Art Museum Moldova's only fine arts museum is located in Chisinau.Statistics National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova Moldova in figures. National Museum of History of Moldova Moldova's national museum of archaeology and history in Chisinau.Weather Serviciul Hidrometeorologic de Stat State Hydrometeorological Service. Google Earth Moldova Searchable map and satellite view of Moldova. Media Azi - Independent Journalism Center Focus the development of news media in Moldova. Timpul Latest News from Moldova Transnistria news Pridnestrovye Transnistria government daily news. [ksa:k] Centrul pentru Arta Contemporana The Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau provides information about Artists fom Moldova.Google Earth Chisinau Searchable map and satellite view of Moldova's capital. Acasă - All Moldova Moldova news in Moldovan and Russian. Olsedim Cultural Portal for painters, writers and singers. Banca Nationala a Moldovei (BNM) National Bank of Moldova. Camera de Comert si Industrie a RM Chamber of Commerce and Industry Molödova.

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