- Chisinau; 662,000
- 33,800 square kilometers (13,050 square miles)
- Moldovan, Russian, Gagauz
- Eastern Orthodox
- Moldovan Leu
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $2,600
- Literacy Percent:
Moldova Facts Flag
Landlocked Moldova lies in eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine. It consists of hilly grassland drained by the Prut and Dniester Rivers, and the economy is mainly agricultural. Most of Moldova was part of Romania before World War II, and two-thirds of Moldovans speak Romanian. Soviets annexed Moldova in 1940, and Russians and Ukrainians settled in the industrial region east of the Dniester (known as Transdniestria). After Moldova gained independence in 1991, Transdniestria seceded, making Tiraspol its capital. Moldova does not recognize Transdniestria's independence and works to resolve the conflict.
- Industry: Food processing, agricultural machinery, foundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers
- Agriculture: Vegetables, fruits, wine, grain; beef
- Exports: Foodstuffs, textiles, machinery
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
A brilliant blur as it plucks a butterfly from the air, the European bee-eater leads a colorful life on three continents.
Central Europe's new backcountry cycling routes show off the Old World's wild side.
The race is on to uncover the golden splendors of its Thracian past before sites are looted and developers move in.
Travel Photos From Your Shot
Browse Stunning Images of These Natural Marvels
Shop National Geographic
Special Ad Section
Watch as Nat Geo photographers reveal what drives them to create iconic images.