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Countries of the World: Moldova
Resources about Moldova including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Moldova GDP (2009): $5.403 billion. GDP growth rate (2009): -6.5% Per capita GDP (2009 estimate): $1,516. Natural resources: Lignite, phosphates, gypsum, arable land, and limestone. Agriculture: Products--vegetables, fruits, wine and spirits, grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat, milk, eggs, tobacco, walnuts. Industry: Types--processed foods and beverages, including wine and refined sugar; processed fruit and vegetable products, including vegetable oil; dairy and meat products; tobacco items; metal processing and production of machinery; textiles and clothing, shoes; furniture. Trade (2009): Exports--$1.298 billion (of which 52% went to EU countries and 38% to the countries of the former Soviet Union): textiles, clothing, foodstuffs, wine, and machinery. Major markets--Russia, Romania, Italy, Ukraine, Belarus, and Germany. Imports--$3.278 billion (of which 43% came from the EU and 35% from the former Soviet Union): gas, oil, coal, steel, machinery and equipment, chemical products, textiles, foodstuffs, automobiles, and other consumer durables. Major suppliers--Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Germany, China, and Italy. Currency: Moldovan Leu (plural Lei). Exchange rate: Leu/US$ 2009 average: 11.11; 2008 average: 10.39; 2007 average: 12.13.

Geography of Moldova Area: 33,843 sq. km. (13,000 sq. mi.); slightly larger than Maryland. Cities: Capital--Chisinau. Terrain: Rolling steppe, gradual slope south toward the Black Sea. Climate: Moderate winters, warm summers. Time Zone: GMT+2

Government of Moldova Type: Republic. Constitution: Adopted July 28, 1994. Independence: August 27, 1991 (from Soviet Union). Branches: Executive--President (head of state), Prime Minister (head of government), government (cabinet). Legislative-- unicameral Parliament. Judicial--Supreme Court. Administrative subdivisions: 32 counties (raions), 4 municipalities, and one autonomous territorial unit. Political parties with seats in Parliament: Party of Communists, Our Moldova Alliance, Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Liberal Democratic Party, United Moldova, and European Action Movement. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Moldova This Map of Moldova shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Chisinau the capital of Moldova. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Moldova The Official Name of Moldova is the Republic of Moldova. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Moldova Nationality: Noun--Moldovan(s). Adjective--Moldovan. Population (January 1, 2010): 3.65 million living in-country, not including the estimated Transnistrian population of 533,000. An estimated 750,000 to 1,000,000 work outside the country. Population growth rate (2007): -0.3%. Ethnic groups (2004 census): Moldovan (83.7%), Ukrainian (6.6%), Russian (1.7%), Gagauz (4.5%), Bulgarian (1.7%), Romanian (1.4%), other (0.4%). Main religions: Christian Orthodox (96%), Baptist (1%), Adventist, Roman Catholic, Jewish. Languages: Romanian (officially known as Moldovan), Russian, Ukrainian, Gagauz. Education: Literacy--96%. Health: Infant mortality rate--11.1/1,000. Life expectancy-- 68.4 years. Work force (1.3 million): Agriculture--35%; industry--12%; other--47%.

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