Fast facts about Moldova
|Languages:||Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian|
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|Currency:||Moldovan Leu (MDL)|
A former USSR republic who declared its independence in 1990, Moldova lies between Ukraine and Romania, and is still politically unstable. The 4.5 million population is 64% Moldavian/Romanian, influenced by regained strength of the Orthodox church.
Formerly ruled by Romania, Moldova became part of the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru (Dnister) River supporting the Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians) who have proclaimed a “Transnistria”republic.