Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Moldova
  • Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the clode of World War II
  • One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist, Vladamir Voronin, as its president in 2001.
  • A strip os Moldova’s internationally-recognized territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under de facto control government of Transnistria since 1990
  • Moldova is a member of the United Nations, Council of Europe, the WTO, OSCE, GUAM, CIS, and BSEC
  • Moldova is divided into 32 administrative raions
  • Climate: moderate winters, warm summers
  • Ethnic Groups: Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukranian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%
  • There continues to be internal disputes with ethnic Slavs in the Transnistrian region
  • Languages: Moldovan (official- very similar to Romanian), Russian, and Gaguaz (a Turkish dialect)
  • Religions: Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5%
  • Population: 3.66 million
  • The capital of Moldova is Chisinau
  • Literacy rate: 99.1%
  • GDP per capita: $3,373
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Nicolae Timofti
  • Prime Minister: Vlad Filat
  • President of the Parliament: Marian Lupu

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 69.51 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 32 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 13.65 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 2.668/1,000 population
  • Population with HIV/AIDS: 0.4%
  • 15% of the rural population lives with an unimproved drinking source
  • 26% of the rural, and 15% of the urban population live without sanitation facility access
  • Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the country has seen a decrease in spending on health care and, as a result, the Tuberculosis incidence rate in the country has grown.  Because of this, Moldova is struggling with one of the highest incidence rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world
  • Moldova poses a high risk for Rabies contraction
  • Infectious disease degree of risk: Intermediate to high
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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