Moldova is a relatively small country in Easter Europe bordering Ukraine and Romania. Historically a part of the Roamnian theritory, it became part of the USSR after the second World War. It became independent in 1991, but Russian troups have maintained their position in the country for a long time after that. It was the first ex-soviet country to elect a communist President in 2001.
Moldova has a population of 3.5 million people, Moldovan (dialect of Romanian) as an official language and Russian, Ukrainian and Gagauz are also spoken. The currency is the Moldovan Leu (MDL) and the local time is CET+1. The capital is Chisinau and most people are Christian Orthodox.
The population division is: Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukrainian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 1.3% according to the 2004 census.
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