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| image_flag = Flag of Moldova.svg| image_coat = Coat of arms of Moldova.svgLimba Noastră"()(File:Imnul Republicii Moldova US NAVY.ogg)| image_map = Location Moldova Europe.pngLocation of Moldova (green) and Transnistria (light green) in Europe.}}| image_map2 = Moldova - Location Map (2013) - MDA - UNOCHA.svg| capital = Chișinău47N55type:city}}| largest_city = capitalRomanian language>Romanian (also named Moldovan language)aHTTPS://WWW.LOC.GOV/LAW/FOREIGN-NEWS/ARTICLE/MOLDOVA-ROMANIAN-RECOGNIZED-AS-THE-OFFICIAL-LANGUAGE/ PUBLISHER=LAW LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACCESSDATE=13 JUNE 2014 FIRST=PETER, HTTP://CONSTCOURT.MD/LIBVIEW.PHP?L=EN&IDC=7&ID=512&T=/OVERVIEW/PRESS-SERVICE/NEWS/THE-TEXT-OF-THE-DECLARATION-OF-INDEPENDENCE-PREVAILS-OVER-THE-TEXT-OF-THE-CONSTITUTION> TITLE=THE TEXT OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PREVAILS OVER THE TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION DATE=5 DECEMBER 2013, 13 June 2014, | languages_type = Recognised minoritylanguages Bulgarian language > Gagauz language > Ukrainian}}| languages2_type = Inter-ethnic languagesRussian language>RussianИгорь Додон Русский язык должен вернуться в Молдову>URL=HTTPS:DESCHIDE.MD/RU/RUSSIAN_NEWS/SOCIAL_RU/9330/%D0%98%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8C-%D0%94%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BD--%D0%A0%D1%83%D1%81%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9-%D1%8F%D0%B7%D1%8B%D0%BA-%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B6%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%BD%D1%83%D1%82%D1%8C%D1%81%D1%8F-%D0%B2-%D0%9C%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%83.HTMPUBLISHER=DESCHIDEWEBSITE=ROSBALTACCESSDATE=18 AUGUST 2017, Русский союз Латвии будет сотрудничать с партией Социалистов Молдовы>URL=HTTP://WWW.RUSOJUZ.LV/RU/OUREVENTS/26083-RUSSKIJ-SOJUZ-LATVII-BUDET-SOTRUDNICHAT-S-PARTIEJ-SOCIALISTOV--MOLDOVI/PUBLISHER=LATVIAN RUSSIAN UNION, 18 August 2017, Moldovans>Moldovan7.0% Romanians6.6% Ukrainians>Ukrainian4.6% Gagauz people4.1% Russians>Russian1.9% Bulgarians0.36% Romani people>Romani0.07% Poles0.89% other| ethnic_groups_year = 2014; excluding TransnistriaMoldovans>MoldovanUnitary state>Unitary parliamentary constitutional republicPresident of Moldova>President| leader_name1 = Igor Dodon Prime Minister of Moldova>Prime Minister| leader_name2 = Maia Sandu President of the Moldovan Parliament>President of the Parliament| leader_name3 = Zinaida Greceanîi Parliament of the Republic of Moldova>ParliamentHistory of Moldova>FormationMoldavia>Principality of Moldavia| established_date1 = 1346| established_event2 = Bessarabia Governorate| established_date2 = 1812| established_event3 = Moldavian Democratic Republic| established_date3 = 15 December 1917Kingdom of Romania>Union with Romania| established_date4 = 9 April 1918Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic>Moldavian ASSR| established_date5 = 12 October 1924Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic>Moldavian SSR| established_date6 = 2 August 1940Independence from}} the Soviet Union| established_date7 = 27 August 1991bUnited Nations Security Council Resolution 739>Admitted to the United Nations| established_date8 = 2 March 1992Constitution of Moldova>Constitution adopted| established_date9 = 29 July 1994| area_label = Including Transnistria| area_km2 = 33,846| area_rank = 135th | area_sq_mi = 13,067 | area_label2 = Excluding Transnistria29683abbr=on}}(including Transnistria)}}BNS:Official estimate{{small>(excludes Transnistria)}}| population_census = | population_census_year = | population_estimate_year = 2019-01-01| population_estimate_rank = 138rd| population_density_km2 = 90.5| population_density_sq_mi = 234 | population_density_rank = 93th| GDP_PPP = $27.271 billion| GDP_PPP_year = 2019| GDP_PPP_per_capita = $7,70weblink| GDP_nominal = $12.037 billion| GDP_nominal_year = 2019| GDP_nominal_per_capita = $3,39weblink| Gini = 26.8 | Gini_year = 2014| Gini_change = decrease PUBLISHER=THE WORLD BANK, 9 November 2016, | Gini_rank = | HDI = 0.700 | HDI_year = 2017| HDI_change = increase YEAR=2018 PUBLISHER=UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, | HDI_rank = 112thMoldovan leu>Leu| currency_code = MDLEastern European Time>EET| utc_offset = +2| utc_offset_DST = +3Eastern European Summer Time>EEST| drives_on = rightTelephone numbers in Moldova>+373| cctld = .md| official_website = {{Official URL}}Moldovan Declaration of Independence, which the Constitutional court of Moldova found to take precedence over Article 13 of the Constitution of Moldova (1994)>Constitution, which uses the name "Moldovan language".HTTP://WWW.RFERL.ORG/CONTENT/MOLDOVA-ROMANIAN-OFFICIAL-LANGUAGE/25191455.HTML AGENCY=ASSOCIATED PRESS PUBLISHER=RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, 6 December 2013, Dissolution of the Soviet Union>dissolution of the USSR in December 1991.| today = }}Moldova ({{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-Moldova.ogg|m|ɒ|l|ˈ|d|oʊ|v|ə}}, {{small|sometimes }}{{IPAc-en|UK|ˈ|m|ɒ|l|d|ə|v|ə}}),{{refn|{{Oxford Dictionaries|accessdate=30 January 2016|Moldova}}}}{{refn|{{|accessdate=30 January 2016|Moldova}}}}{{refn|The Free Dictionary: Moldova}} officially the Republic of Moldova (), is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe,WEB,weblink The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency,, en, 2017-12-14, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.WEB,weblink Moldova, CIA World Factbook, 2 September 2015, The capital city is Chișinău.Most of the Moldovan territory was a part of the Principality of Moldavia from the 14th century until 1812, when it was ceded to the Russian Empire by the Ottoman Empire (to which Moldavia was a vassal state) and became known as Bessarabia. In 1856, southern Bessarabia was returned to Moldavia, which three years later united with Wallachia to form Romania, but Russian rule was restored over the whole of the region in 1878. During the 1917 Russian Revolution, Bessarabia briefly became an autonomous state within the Russian Republic, known as the Moldavian Democratic Republic. In February 1918, the Moldavian Democratic Republic declared independence and then integrated into Romania later that year following a vote of its assembly. The decision was disputed by Soviet Russia, which in 1924 established, within the Ukrainian SSR, a Moldavian autonomous republic (MASSR) on partially Moldovan-inhabited territories to the east of Bessarabia. In 1940, as a consequence of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Romania was compelled to cede Bessarabia to the Soviet Union, leading to the creation of the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldavian SSR), which included the greater part of Bessarabia and the westernmost strip of the former MASSR (east of the Dniester River).On 27 August 1991, as the dissolution of the Soviet Union was underway, the Moldavian SSR declared independence and took the name Moldovaweblink The Constitution of Moldova was adopted in 1994. The strip of the Moldovan territory on the east bank of the Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.Due to a decrease in industrial and agricultural output following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the service sector has grown to dominate Moldova's economy and is over 60% of the nation's GDP. Its economy is the poorest in Europe in per capita termsWEB,weblink The 10 Most Poverty Ridden Countries in Europe, and has the lowest Human Development Index in the continent. Moldova is also the least visited country in Europe by tourists with only 11,000 annually recorded visitors from abroad.WEB,weblink The Ten Least Visited Countries in Europe - Page 2 of 2 - Traveler's Digest, 22 August 2014,, 3 August 2017, Moldova is a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. It is a member state of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).


The name Moldova is derived from the Moldova River; the valley of this river served as a political centre at the time of the foundation of the Principality of Moldavia in 1359.WEB,weblink History, Republic of Moldova, 9 October 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 22 December 2013, dmy-all, The origin of the name of the river remains unclear. According to a legend recounted by Moldavian chroniclers Dimitrie Cantemir and Grigore Ureche, Prince DragoÈ™ named the river after hunting an aurochs: following the chase, the prince's exhausted hound Molda drowned in the river. The dog's name, given to the river, extended to the Principality.BOOK, King, Charles, Charles King (professor of international affairs), The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the politics of culture, Hoover Press, 2000, From Principality to Province,weblink 13, 0-8179-9792-X, 31 October 2010, For a short time in the 1990s, at the founding of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the name of the current Republic of Moldova was also spelled Moldava.NEWS,weblink 23 December 1991, The End of the Soviet Union; Text of Accords by Former Soviet Republics Setting Up a Commonwealth, The New York Times, ...Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kirghizia, the Republic of Moldavia, the Russian Federation..., After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country began to use the Romanian name, Moldova. Officially, the name Republic of Moldova is designated by the United Nations.


{{see also|History of Transnistria}}


The prehistory of Moldova covers the period from the Upper Paleolithic which begins with the presence of Homo sapiens in the area of Southeastern Europe some 44,000 years ago and extends into the appearance of the first written records in Classical Antiquity in Greece.In 2010 N.K. Anisjutkin discovered Oldowan flint tools at Bayraki that are 800,000–1.2 million years old.WEB,weblink GEOARCHAEOLOGY OF THE EARLIEST PALEOLITHIC SITES (OLDOWAN) IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS AND THE EAST EUROPE,, 2011, y,weblink" title="">weblink 20 May 2013, Early Paleolithic cultural layers with tools of oldowan type was discovered in East Caucasus (Dagestan, Russia) by Kh. Amirkhanov (2006) and Dniester valley (Moldova) by N. Anisjutkin (2010)., During the Neolithic stone-age era, Moldova's territory stood at the centre of the large Cucuteni–Trypillia culture that stretched east beyond the Dniester River in Ukraine and west up to and beyond the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. The people of this civilization, which lasted roughly from 5500 to 2750 BC, practised agriculture, raised livestock, hunted, and made intricately-designed pottery.CONSTANTINESCU> FIRST= BOGDAN,weblink first2= Roxana first3= Emmanuel first4= Dragomir, Phase and chemical composition analysis of pigments used in Cucuteni Neolithic painted ceramics volume= XXXIV, 281–288, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana year= 2007 oclc= 41553667 deadurl= yes,weblink" title="">weblink df= dmy-all, 10.4312/dp.34.21,

Antiquity and the early Middle Ages

File:Bulgaria-Ivan Asen 2.png|thumb|left|200px|Bulgaria under Ivan Asen IIIvan Asen IIIn antiquity, Moldova's territory was inhabited by Dacian tribes. Between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, the south was intermittently under the Roman, and then Byzantine Empires. Due to its strategic location on a route between Asia and Europe, the territory of modern Moldova was invaded many times in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, including by Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgarians, Magyars, Pechenegs, Cumans, Mongols and Tatars.Friar William of Rubruck, who visited the court of the Great Khan in the 1250s, listed "the Blac",{{Harvnb|Jackson|2009|p=139}} or Vlachs, among the peoples who paid tribute to the Mongols, but the Vlachs' territory is uncertain.{{sfn|Sălăgean|2005|p=196}}{{sfn|Spinei|1986|p=131}} Rubruck described "Blakia" as "Assan's territory"{{Harvnb|Jackson|2009|p=30}} south of the Lower Danube, showing that he identified it with the northern regions of the Second Bulgarian Empire.{{sfn|Vásáry|2005|p=30}}File:Bolohoveni land from A.V. Boldur description.PNG|thumb|200px|right|The land and settlements of the Spinei|1986|p=111}}The Bolohoveni, a Vlach population, is mentioned by the Hypatian Chronicle in the 13th century. The chronicle shows that this land is bordered on the principalities of Halych, Volhynia and Kiev. Archaeological research also identified the location of 13th-century fortified settlements in this region. Alexandru V. Boldur identified Voscodavie, Voscodavti, Voloscovti, Volcovti, Volosovca and their other towns and villages between the middle course of the rivers Nistru/Dniester and Nipru/Dnieper.A.V. Boldur, Istoria Basarabiei, Editura V. Frunza, p 111-119 The Bolohoveni disappeared from chronicles after their defeat in 1257 by Daniel of Galicia's troops.In the early 13th century, the Brodniks, a possible SlavicVlach vassal state of Halych, were present, alongside the Vlachs, in much of the region's territory (towards 1216, the Brodniks are mentioned as in service of Suzdal).On the border between Halych and the Brodniks, in the 11th century, a Viking by the name of Rodfos was killed in the area by Vlachs who supposedly betrayed him.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2006-06-16, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2006-06-16, In 1164, the future Byzantine emperor Andronikos I Komnenos, was taken prisoner by Vlach shepherds around the same region.

Founding of the Principality of Moldavia

File:MoldavianPrincipalityPhysical.jpg|200px|right|thumb|The Principality of MoldaviaMoldaviaThe founding of the Principality of Moldavia began with the arrival of a Vlach voivode (military leader), DragoÈ™, soon followed by his people from MaramureÈ™ to the region of the Moldova River. DragoÈ™ established a polity there as a vassal to the Kingdom of Hungary in the 1350s. The independence of the Principality of Moldavia was gained when Bogdan I, another Vlach voivode from MaramureÈ™ who had fallen out with the Hungarian king, crossed the Carpathian mountains in 1359 and took control of Moldavia, wresting the region from Hungary. The Principality of Moldavia was bounded by the Carpathian Mountains in the west, the Dniester River in the east, and the Danube River and Black Sea to the south. Its territory comprised the present-day territory of the Republic of Moldova, the eastern eight counties of Romania, and parts of the Chernivtsi Oblast and Budjak region of Ukraine. Like the present-day republic and Romania's north-eastern region, it was known to the locals as Moldova.

Between Poland and Hungary

File:Polska 1386 - 1434.png|thumb|right|200px|Map of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania between 1386 and 1434 showing the Principality of Moldavia as a Polish fieffiefThe history of what is today Moldova has been intertwined with that of Poland for centuries. The Polish chronicler Jan Długosz mentioned Moldavians (under the name Wallachians) as having joined a military expedition in 1342, under King Ladislaus I, against the Margraviate of Brandenburg.The Annals of Jan Długosz, p. 273 The Polish state was powerful enough to counter the Hungarian Kingdom which was consistently interested in bringing the area that would become Moldova into its political orbit.Ties between Poland and Moldavia expanded after the founding of the Moldavian state by Bogdan of Cuhea, a Vlach voivode from Maramureș who had fallen out with the Hungarian king. Crossing the Carpathian mountains in 1359, the voivode took control of Moldavia and succeeded in creating Moldavia as an independent political entity. Despite being disfavored by the brief union of Angevin Poland and Hungary (the latter was still the country's overlord), Bogdan's successor Lațcu, the Moldavian ruler also likely allied himself with the Poles. Lațcu also accepted conversion to Roman Catholicism around 1370, but his gesture was to remain without consequences.Petru I profited from the end of the Polish-Hungarian union and moved the country closer to the Jagiellon realm, becoming a vassal of king Jogaila of Poland on September 26, 1387. This gesture was to have unexpected consequences: Petru supplied the Polish ruler with funds needed in the war against the Teutonic Knights, and was granted control over Pokuttya until the debt was to be repaid; as this is not recorded to have been carried out, the region became disputed by the two states, until it was lost by Moldavia in the Battle of Obertyn (1531). Prince Petru also expanded his rule southwards to the Danube Delta. His brother Roman I conquered the Hungarian-ruled Cetatea Albă in 1392, giving Moldavia an outlet to the Black Sea, before being toppled from the throne for supporting Fyodor Koriatovych in his conflict with Vytautas the Great of Lithuania. Under Stephen I, growing Polish influence was challenged by Sigismund of Hungary, whose expedition was defeated at Ghindăoani in 1385; however, Stephen disappeared in mysterious circumstances.Although Alexander I was brought to the throne in 1400 by the Hungarians (with assistance from Mircea I of Wallachia), this ruler shifted his allegiances towards Poland (notably engaging Moldavian forces on the Polish side in the Battle of Grunwald and the Siege of Marienburg), and placed his own choice of rulers in Wallachia. His reign was one of the most successful in Moldavia's history.

The Ottomans

{{multiple image| align = right| direction = vertical | alt1 = | image1 = Сорокская крепость Cetatea Soroca Soroca Fortress (44738813601).jpg| alt2 = | caption1 = | image2 = The Soroca fortress.jpgStephen III of Moldavia>Stephen the Great (pictured above), several authors believed the Soroca Fort was constructed on the site of a former Republic of Genoa fortress named Olhionia.HTTP://WWW.ISTORIA.MD/ARTICOL/103/CETATEA_SOROCA_A_MOLDOVEIPUBLISHER=ISTORIA.MD FIRST=NICOLAE, Romanian, | footer_align = left}}For all of his success, it was under the reign of Alexander I that the very first confrontation with the Ottoman Turks took place at Cetatea Albă in 1420. A deep crisis was to follow Alexandru's long reign, with his successors battling each other in a succession of wars that divided the country until the murder of Bogdan II and the ascension of Peter III Aaron in 1451. Nevertheless, Moldavia was subject to further Hungarian interventions after that moment, as Matthias Corvinus deposed Aron and backed Alexăndrel to the throne in Suceava. Petru Aron's rule also signified the beginning of Moldavia's Ottoman Empire allegiance, as the ruler agreed to pay tribute to Sultan Mehmed II.During this time, Moldavia was invaded repeatedly by Crimean Tatars and, beginning in the 15th century, by the Turks. In 1538, the principality became a tributary to the Ottoman Empire, but it retained internal and partial external autonomy.WEB,weblink Moldova: Early History, Library of Congress, June 1995, 26 April 2018, In May 1600, Michael the Brave removed Ieremia Movilă from Moldavia's throne by winning the battle of Bacău, briefly reuniting under his rule Moldavia, Wallachia, and Transylvania. A Polish army led by Jan Zamoyski drove the Wallachians from Moldavia and reinstalled Ieremia Movilă to the throne, who put the country under the vassalage of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Moldavia finally returned to Ottoman vassalage in 1621.While Transnistria was never politically part of the Principality of Moldavia, there were sizable areas which were owned by Moldavian boyars and given by the Moldavian rulers. The earliest surviving deeds referring to lands beyond the Dniester river date from the 16th century.Sava, p.4-6 Moldavian chronicle Grigore Ureche which mentions that in 1584, some Moldavian villages from beyond the Dniester in the Kingdom of Poland were attacked and plundered by Cossacks.Grigore Ureche s: Many Moldovans were members of Cossacks units as well, with two of them, Ioan Potcoavă and Dănilă Apostol becoming hetmans of Ukraine. Ruxandra Lupu, the daughter of Moldavian voivode Vasile Lupu who married Tymish Khmelnytsky, lived in Raşcov according to Ukrainian tradition.While most of today's Moldova came into the Ottoman orbit in the 16th century, a substantial part of Transnistria remained a part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Second Partition of Poland in 1793.

Modern history

Russian Empire

In accordance with the Treaty of Bucharest of 1812, and despite numerous protests by Moldavian nobles on behalf of the sovereignty of their principality, the Ottoman Empire (of which Moldavia was a vassal) ceded to the Russian Empire the eastern half of the territory of the Principality of Moldavia along with Khotyn and old Bessarabia (modern Budjak), which Russia had already conquered and annexed. The new Russian province was called Oblast of Moldavia and Bessarabia, and initially enjoyed a large degree of autonomy. After 1828 this autonomy was progressively restricted and in 1871 the Oblast was transformed into the Bessarabia Governorate, in a process of state-imposed assimilation, Russification. As part of this process, the Tsarist administration in Bessarabia gradually removed the Romanian language from official and religious use.WEB,weblink Bessarabia, Chapter X: The Survival of Roumanian, Charles Upson, Clark, 1927, Dodd, Mead & Company,, 9 October 2013, Naturally, this system resulted not in acquisition of Russian by the Moldavians, but in their almost complete illiteracy in any language., The Treaty of Paris (1856) returned the southern part of Bessarabia (later organised as the Cahul, Bolgrad and Ismail counties) to Moldavia, which remained an autonomous principality and, in 1859, united with Wallachia to form Romania. In 1878, as a result of the Treaty of Berlin, Romania was forced to cede the three counties back to the Russian Empire.Over the 19th century, the Russian authorities encouraged the colonization of Bessarabia by Romanians, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, and Gagauzes, primarily in the northern and southern areas vacated by Turks and Nogai Tatar, the latter having been expelled in the 1770s and 1780s, during Russo-Turkish Wars;WEB,weblink The Germans from Bessarabia,, 9 October 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 26 September 2012, WEB,weblink Bessarabia, Chapter VIII: Russia Organizes the Province, Charles Upson Clark, 1927, Dodd, Mead & Company,, 9 October 2013, Today, the Bulgarians form one of the most solid elements in Southern Bessarabia, numbering (with the Gagauzes, i.e., Turkish-speaking Christians also from the Dobrudja) nearly 150,000. Colonization brought in numerous Great Russian peasants, and the Russian bureaucracy imported Russian office-holders and professional men; according to the Romanian estimate of 1920, there were about 75,000 (2.9%) Great Russians in the territory, and the Lipovans and Cossacks numbered 59,000 (2.2%); the Little Russians (Ukrainians) came to 254,000 (9.6%). That, plus about 10,000 Poles, brings the total number of Slavs to 545,000 in a population of 2,631,000, or about one-fifth., Vasile Baican, "Human settlements in Moldavia represented on "the Russian map" between 1828–1829", Scientific Annals of "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi – Geography seriesWEB,weblink Mennonite-Nogai Economic Relations, 1825–1860,, 9 October 2013, the inclusion of the province in the Pale of Settlement also allowed the immigration of more Jews.{{efn|name=fn1|The Jewish minority was more numerous in the past (228,620 Jews in Bessarabia in 1897, or 11.8% of the population).{{citation | url =weblink | title = Moldova | work = The Jewish Virtual Library | publisher = American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise | accessdate = 15 July 2015 }}}} The Romanian proportion of the population decreased from an estimated 86% in 1816,Ion Nistor, Istoria Bassarabiei, Cernăuți, 1921 to around 52% in 1905.{{de icon}} Flavius Solomon, Die Republik Moldau und ihre Minderheiten (Länderlexikon), in: Ethnodoc-Datenbank für Minderheitenforschung in Südostosteuropa, p. 52 During this time there were anti-Semitic riots, leading to an exodus of thousands of Jews to the United States.WEB, Ariel Scheib,weblink Moldova,, 23 July 1941, 9 October 2013,

Russian Revolution and Greater Romania

File:Greater Romania.svg|thumb|200px|A map of Greater RomaniaGreater RomaniaWorld War I brought in a rise in political and cultural (ethnic) awareness among the inhabitants of the region, as 300,000 Bessarabians were drafted into the Russian Army formed in 1917; within bigger units several "Moldavian Soldiers' Committees" were formed. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, a Bessarabian parliament, Sfatul Țării (a National Council), was elected in October–November 1917 and opened on {{OldStyleDate|December 3|1917|21 November}}. The Sfatul Țării proclaimed the Moldavian Democratic Republic ({{OldStyleDate|December 15|1917|2 December}}) within a federal Russian state, and formed a government ({{OldStyleDate|21 December|1917|8 December}}).Bessarabia proclaimed independence from Russia on {{OldStyleDate|February 6|1918|24 January}} and requested the assistance of the French army present in Romania (general Henri Berthelot) and of the Romanian army, which had occupied the region in early January at the request of the National Council.{{Fr icon}} Anthony Babel: La Bessarabie (Bessarabia), Félix Alcan, Genève, Switzerland, 1931 On {{OldStyleDate|April 9|1918|27 March}}, the Sfatul Țării decided with 86 votes for, 3 against and 36 abstaining, to unite with the Kingdom of Romania. The union was conditional upon fulfillment of the agrarian reform, autonomy, and respect for universal human rights.BOOK, King, Charles, Charles King (professor of international affairs), The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the politics of culture, Hoover Press, 2000, From Principality to Province,weblink 33–35, 0-8179-9792-X, 31 October 2010, A part of the interim Parliament agreed to drop these conditions after Bukovina and Transylvania also joined the Kingdom of Romania, although historians note that they lacked the quorum to do so.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 4 December 2007, Sfatul Țării ... proclaimed the Moldavian Democratic Republic, Romanian,, 9 October 2013, BOOK, Charles Upson, Clark, Bessarabia: Russia and Romania on the Black Sea – View Across Dniester From Hotin Castle, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1927, 24:The Decay of Russian Sentiment,weblink 31 October 2013, Ion Pelivan (Chronology)Petre Cazacu (Moldova, pp. 240–245).Cristina Petrescu, "Contrasting/Conflicting Identities:Bessarabians, Romanians, Moldovans" in Nation-Building and Contested Identities, Polirom, 2001, pg. 156This union was recognized by the principal Allied Powers in the 1920 Treaty of Paris, which however was not ratified by all of its signatories.JOURNAL, The Legal Status of the Bukovina and Bessarabia, Malbone W. Graham, The American Journal of International Law, October 1944, 38, 4, 667–673, American Society of International Law, 10.2307/2192802, 2192802, BOOK, Mitrasca, Marcel, Moldova: a Romanian province under Russian rule: diplomatic history from the archives of the great powers, Algora Publishing, 2002, Introduction,weblink 13, 1-892941-86-4, 31 October 2010, The newly communist Russia did not recognize Romanian rule over Bessarabia, considering it an occupation of Russian territory.Wayne S. Vucinich, Bessarabia In: Collier's Encyclopedia (Crowell Collier and MacMillan Inc., 1967) vol. 4, p. 103In May 1919, the Bessarabian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed as a government in exile. After the failure of the Tatarbunary Uprising in 1924, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldavian ASSR) was formed by Soviet Russia within the territory of the Ukrainian SSR, the present-day Transnistria.

World War II and Soviet era

File:"Monument to the villagers who died in World War II, the village Cojusna, Straseni District" (80-ies famous). (6177439670).jpg|thumb|200px|Monument to the villagers who died in World War II, the village Cojușna, Strășeni DistrictStrășeni DistrictIn August 1939, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and its secret additional protocol were signed, by which Nazi Germany recognized Bessarabia as being within the Soviet sphere of influence, which led the latter to actively revive its claim to the region.BOOK, Olson, James, An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires, 1994, 483, On 28 June 1940, the Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to Romania requesting the cession of Bessarabia and northern Bukovina, with which Romania complied the following day. Soon after, the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldavian SSR, MSSR) was established, comprising about 65% of Bessarabia, and 50% of the now-disbanded Moldavian ASSR. Ethnic Germans left in 1940.As part of the 1941 Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, Romania regained the territories of Bessarabia and northern Bukovina, and seized Transnistria. Romanian forces, working with the Germans, deported or massacred about 300,000 Jews, including 147,000 from Bessarabia and Bukovina. Of the latter, approximately 90,000 died.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 8 April 2008, Tismăneanu Report, 748–749, 9 October 2013, The Soviet Army re-captured the region in February–August 1944, and re-established the Moldavian SSR. Between the end of the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive in August 1944 and the end of the war in May 1945, 256,800 inhabitants of the Moldavian SSR were drafted into the Soviet Army. 40,592 of them perished.BOOK, Istoria Republicii Moldova: din cele mai vechi timpuri pină în zilele noastre, History of the Republic of Moldova: From Ancient Times to Our Days, Asociația Oamenilor de știință din Moldova. H. Milescu-Spătaru., 2nd, 2002, Elan Poligraf, Chișinău, ro, 9975-9719-5-4, 239–244, File:Bundesarchiv Bild 137-065360, Bessarabien, Abtransport von Umsiedlern.jpg|thumb|200px|Bessarabia Germans resettling after the Soviet occupation of BessarabiaBessarabiaDuring the periods 1940–1941 and 1944–1953, deportations of locals to the northern Urals, to Siberia, and northern Kazakhstan occurred regularly, with the largest ones on 12–13 June 1941, and 5–6 July 1949, accounting from MSSR alone for 18,392{{efn|name=fn2|Note: Further 11,844 were deported on 12–13 June 1941 from other Romanian territories occupied by the USSR a year earlier.}} and 35,796 deportees respectively.WEB,weblink Tismăneanu Report, 747, 752, Romanian, 9 October 2013, Other forms of Soviet persecution of the population included political arrests or, in 8,360 cases, execution.In 1946, as a result of a severe drought and excessive delivery quota obligations and requisitions imposed by the Soviet government, the southwestern part of the USSR suffered from a major famine.JOURNAL, Michael, Ellman,weblink The 1947 Soviet Famine and the Entitlement Approach to Famines, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 39, 24, 2000, 603–630, 10 December 2015, 10.1093/cje/24.5.603, JOURNAL,weblink Foametea din anii 1946–1947 din RSS Moldovenească: cauze și consecințe, The Mass Famine in the Moldavian SSR, 1946–1947: causes and consequences in Dusmanul de clasa. Represiuni politice, violenta si rezistenta in R(A)SS Moldoveneasca, 1924–1956, 19 October 2014, In 1946–1947, at least 216,000 deaths and about 350,000 cases of dystrophy were accounted by historians in the Moldavian SSR alone. Similar events occurred in the 1930s in the Moldavian ASSR. In 1944–53, there were several anti-Soviet resistance groups in Moldova; however the NKVD and later MGB managed to eventually arrest, execute or deport their members.In the postwar period, the Soviet government organized the immigration of working age Russian speakers (mostly Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians), into the new Soviet republic, especially into urbanized areas, partly to compensate for the demographic loss caused by the war and the emigration of 1940 and 1944.Pal Kolsto, National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies: The Cases of Estonia and Moldova, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, {{ISBN|0-7425-1888-4}}, pg. 202 In the 1970s and 1980s, the Moldavian SSR received substantial allocations from the budget of the USSR to develop industrial and scientific facilities and housing. In 1971, the Council of Ministers of the USSR adopted a decision "About the measures for further development of the city of Kishinev" (modern Chișinău), that allotted more than one billion Soviet rubles (approximately 6.8 billion in 2018 US dollars) from the USSR budget for building projects.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 10 February 2003, Architecture of Chișinău, on, 12 October 2008, File:Center Balti - 2 (1985). (18203012941).jpg|thumb|200px|upright=0.9|Bălți in Soviet Moldavia in 1985]]The Soviet government conducted a campaign to promote a Moldovan ethnic identity distinct from that of the Romanians, based on a theory developed during the existence of the Moldavian ASSR. Official Soviet policy asserted that the language spoken by Moldovans was distinct from the Romanian language (see Moldovenism). To distinguish the two, during the Soviet period, Moldovan was written in the Cyrillic alphabet, in contrast with Romanian, which since 1860 had been written in the Latin alphabet.All independent organizations were severely reprimanded, with the National Patriotic Front leaders being sentenced in 1972 to long prison terms.JOURNAL,weblink Political Repressions in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic after 1956: Towards a Typology Based on KGB files Igor Casu, Dystopia, I, 1–2, 2014, 89–127, 19 October 2014, The Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Moldova is assessing the activity of the communist totalitarian regime.In the 1980s, amid political conditions created by the glasnost and perestroika, a Democratic Movement of Moldova was formed, which in 1989 became known as the nationalist Popular Front of Moldova (FPM).{{Ro icon}} Horia C. Matei, "State lumii. Enciclopedie de istorie." Meronia, București, 2006, p. 292-294WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 19 July 2011, Romanian Nationalism in the Republic of Moldova, Andrei Panici, American University in Bulgaria, 2002, 40 and 41, 9 October 2013, Along with several other Soviet republics, from 1988 onwards, Moldova started to move towards independence. On 27 August 1989, the FPM organized a mass demonstration in Chișinău that became known as the Grand National Assembly. The assembly pressured the authorities of the Moldavian SSR to adopt a language law on 31 August 1989 that proclaimed the Moldovan language written in the Latin script to be the state language of the MSSR. Its identity with the Romanian language was also established.WEB, DOC,weblink Legea cu privire la functionarea limbilor vorbite pe teritoriul RSS Moldovenesti Nr.3465-XI din 01.09.89 Vestile nr.9/217, 1989, The law on use of languages spoken in the Moldovan SSR No.3465-XI of 09/01/89, 9, 217, ro, Moldavian SSR News, Law regarding the usage of languages spoken on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, 11 February 2006, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 19 February 2006, [TRANSLATION] Moldavian SSR supports the desire of the Moldovans that live across the borders of the Republic, and considering the existing linguistic Moldo-Romanian identity – of the Romanians that live on the territory of the USSR, of doing their studies and satisfying their cultural needs in their native language., In 1989, as opposition to the Communist Party grew, there were major riots in November.


File:Gheorghe Ghimpu arboreaza Tricolorul.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Deputy Gheorghe Ghimpu replaces the Soviet flag on the Parliament with the Romanian flagRomanian flagThe first democratic elections for the local parliament were held in February and March 1990. Mircea Snegur was elected as Speaker of the Parliament, and Mircea Druc as Prime Minister. On 23 June 1990, the Parliament adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty of the "Soviet Socialist Republic Moldova", which, among other things, stipulated the supremacy of Moldovan laws over those of the Soviet Union. After the failure of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, Moldova declared its independence on 27 August 1991.On 21 December of the same year, Moldova, along with most of the other Soviet republics, signed the constitutive act that formed the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Moldova received official recognition on 25 December. On 26 December 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Declaring itself a neutral state, Moldova did not join the military branch of the CIS. Three months later, on 2 March 1992, the country gained formal recognition as an independent state at the United Nations. In 1994, Moldova became a member of NATO's Partnership for Peace program, and a member of the Council of Europe on 29 June 1995.In the region east of the Dniester river, Transnistria, which includes a large proportion of predominantly russophone East Slavs of Ukrainian (28%) and Russian (26%) descent (altogether 54% as of 1989), an independent Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed on 16 August 1990, with its capital in Tiraspol. The motives behind this move were fear of the rise of nationalism in Moldova. In the winter of 1991–1992 clashes occurred between Transnistrian forces, supported by elements of the 14th Army, and the Moldovan police. Between 2 March and 26 July 1992, the conflict escalated into a military engagement.On 2 January 1992, Moldova introduced a market economy, liberalizing prices, which resulted in rapid inflation. From 1992 to 2001, the country suffered a serious economic crisis, leaving most of the population below the poverty line. In 1993, the government introduced a new national currency, the Moldovan leu, to replace the temporary cupon. The economy of Moldova began to change in 2001; and until 2008 the country saw a steady annual growth between 5% and 10%. The early 2000s also saw a considerable growth of emigration of Moldovans looking for work (mostly illegally) in Russia (especially the Moscow region), Italy, Portugal, Spain, and other countries; remittances from Moldovans abroad account for almost 38% of Moldova's GDP, the second-highest percentage in the world, after Tajikistan (45%).WEB, Ratha, Dilip, Dilip Ratha,weblink Remittance flows to developing countries are estimated to exceed US$300 billion in 2008,, 18 February 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 February 2009, WEB,weblinkweblink 7 April 2014, Information Campaign to Increase the Efficiency of Remittance Flows, International Organization for Migration, 9 December 2008, In the 1994 parliamentary elections, the Democratic Agrarian Party gained a majority of the seats, setting a turning point in Moldovan politics. With the nationalist Popular Front now in a parliamentary minority, new measures aiming to moderate the ethnic tensions in the country could be adopted. Plans for a union with Romania were abandoned, and the new Constitution gave autonomy to the breakaway Transnistria and Gagauzia. On 23 December 1994, the Parliament of Moldova adopted a "Law on the Special Legal Status of Gagauzia", and in 1995 the latter was constituted.File:Chisinau riot 2009-04-07 02.jpg|thumb|left|Civil unrest outside the Parliament building in 2009.]]After winning the 1996 presidential elections, on 15 January 1997, Petru Lucinschi, the former First Secretary of the Moldavian Communist Party in 1989–91, became the country's second president (1997–2001), succeeding Mircea Snegur (1991–1996). In 2000, the Constitution was amended, transforming Moldova into a parliamentary republic, with the president being chosen through indirect election rather than direct popular vote.Winning 49.9% of the vote, the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (reinstituted in 1993 after being outlawed in 1991), gained 71 of the 101 MPs, and on 4 April 2001, elected Vladimir Voronin as the country's third president (re-elected in 2005). The country became the first post-Soviet state where a non-reformed Communist Party returned to power. New governments were formed by Vasile Tarlev (19 April 2001 – 31 March 2008), and Zinaida Greceanîi (31 March 2008 – 14 September 2009). In 2001–2003 relations between Moldova and Russia improved, but then temporarily deteriorated in 2003–2006, in the wake of the failure of the Kozak memorandum, culminating in the 2006 wine exports crisis. The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova managed to stay in power for eight years. The fragmentation of the liberal bloc helped consolidate its power. The decline of the Communist Party started in 2009 after Marian Lupu joined the Democratic Party.CONFERENCE, Ion, Marandici, The Factors Leading to the Electoral Success, Consolidation and Decline of the Moldovan Communists' Party During the Transition Period, 23 April 2010, Midwestern Political Science Association Convention, Social Science Research Network, 1809029, In the April 2009 parliamentary elections, the Communist Party won 49.48% of the votes, followed by the Liberal Party with 13.14% of the votes, the Liberal Democratic Party with 12.43%, and the Alliance "Moldova Noastră" with 9.77%. The controversial results of this election sparked civil unrestWEB, Carmen, Fizesan,weblink Supporting actions for Moldova's riot,, 8 April 2009, 9 October 2013, y,weblink" title="">weblink 21 January 2010, WEB,weblink The protest initiative group: LDPM is the guilty one for the devastations in the Chișinău downtown,, 8 April 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 7 April 2014, WEB,weblink EU flags flying on the Presidency and Parliament, to calm the masses, 2 June 2009,, 9 October 2013, {{multiple image
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}}In August 2009, four Moldovan parties (Liberal Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Democratic Party, and Our Moldova Alliance) agreed to create the Alliance For European Integration that pushed the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova into opposition. On 28 August 2009, this coalition chose a new parliament speaker (Mihai Ghimpu) in a vote that was boycotted by Communist legislators. Vladimir Voronin, who had been President of Moldova since 2001, eventually resigned on 11 September 2009, but the Parliament failed to elect a new president. The acting president Mihai Ghimpu instituted the Commission for constitutional reform in Moldova to adopt a new version of the Constitution of Moldova. After the constitutional referendum aimed to approve the reform failed in September 2010,WEB,weblink Moldovan referendum appears to flop on low turnout, Reuters, 5 September 2010, 9 October 2013, the parliament was dissolved again and a new parliamentary election was scheduled for 28 November 2010.NEWS,weblink Moldova going to third election in two years, 28 September 2010, BBC News, 30 September 2010, On 30 December 2010, Marian Lupu was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament and the acting President of Republic of Moldova.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2012, Marian Lupu elected Head of Parliament, 30 November 2010, allmoldova, 27 October 2011, After the Alliance for European Integration lost a no confidence vote, the Pro-European Coalition was formed on 30 May 2013.In November 2014, Moldova's central bank took control of Banca de Economii, the country's largest lender, and two smaller institutions, Banca Sociala and Unibank. Investigations into activities at these three banks uncovered a large-scale fraud by means of fraudulent loans to business entities controlled by a Moldovan-Israeli business oligarch, Ilan Shor, of funds worth about 1 billion U.S. dollars.WEB,weblink Audit links local tycoon to $1bn Moldovan bank fraud, Business New Europe, 5 May 2015, 2 September 2015, The large scale of the fraud compared to the size of the Moldovan economy are cited as tilting the country's politics in favour of the pro-Russian Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova.NEWS, Higgins, Andrew, Moldova, Hunting Missing Millions, Finding Only Ash, 4 June 2015, The New York Times, 10 March 2016,weblink In 2015, Shor was still at large, after a period of house arrest.Following a period of political instability and massive public protests, a new Government led by Pavel Filip was invested in January 2016.NEWS,weblink Moldovan prime minister Pavel Filip says 'last chance' to end national crisis, The Guardian, 26 January 2016, Agence France-Presse, 10 March 2016, Concerns over statewide corruption, the independence of the judiciary system, and the intransparency of the banking system, were expressed. Germany's broadcaster Deutsche Welle also raised concerns over the alleged influence of Moldovan oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc over the Filip government.JOURNAL,weblink UE se autosesizează: Moldova se îndreaptă spre dictatură!, Romania Curata, Deutsche Welle, 10 March 2016, 16 February 2016, Romanian, EU Will Discuss the Matter: Moldova moving towards dictatorship!, In the December 2016 presidential election, Socialist, pro-Russian Igor Dodon was elected as the new president of the republic.In 2019, from 7 June to 15 June, the Moldovan government went through a period of dual power in what is known as the 2019 Moldovan constitutional crisis. On 7 June, the Constitutional Court, which is largely believed to be controlled by Vladimir PlahotniucWEB,weblink Moldova Faces Turmoil as Court Outlaws New Govt, 2019-06-09, Balkan Insight, en-US, 2019-06-20, from the Democratic Party, announced that they have temporarily removed the sitting president, Igor Dodon, from power due to his ‘inability’ to call new parliamentary elections as the parliament did not form a coalition within 3 months of the validation of the election results. According to Moldovan constitutional law, the president may call snap elections if no government is formed after 3 months.WEB,weblink Titlul III. Autoritățile publice,, en, 2019-06-20, However, on 8 June, the NOW Platform DA and PAS reached an agreement with the Socialist party forming a government led by Maia Sandru as the new prime minister, pushing the Democratic Party out of power.WEB,weblink A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance, 2019-06-18, Fair Observer, en-US, 2019-06-20, This new government was also supported by Igor Dodon. The new coalition and Igor Dodon argued that the president may call snap elections after consulting the parliament but is not obligated. Additionally, because the election results were verified on 9 March, 3 months should be interpreted as 3 calendar months, not 90 days as was the case. The former prime minister, Pavel Filip from the Democratic Party, said that new parliamentary elections will be held on 6 September and refused to recognize the new coalition, calling it an illegal government. After a week of dual government meetings, some protest, and the international community mostly supporting the new government coalition, Pavel Filip stepped down as prime minister but still called for new elections.NEWS,weblink Moldova Had Two Governments. One Has Finally Resigned., Kingsley, Patrick, 2019-06-14, The New York Times, 2019-06-20, en-US, 0362-4331, The Constitutional court repealed the decision on 15 June effectively ending the crisis.WEB,weblink Moldova's Constitutional Court overturns all of its decisions that led to political crisis in country in 5 mins,, 2019-06-20,


File:Parliament Building in Chișinău.jpg|thumb|left|The Moldovan ParliamentMoldovan ParliamentMoldova is a unitary parliamentary representative democratic republic. The 1994 Constitution of Moldova sets the framework for the government of the country. A parliamentary majority of at least two-thirds is required to amend the Constitution of Moldova, which cannot be revised in time of war or national emergency. Amendments to the Constitution affecting the state's sovereignty, independence, or unity can only be made after a majority of voters support the proposal in a referendum. Furthermore, no revision can be made to limit the fundamental rights of people enumerated in the Constitution.WEB,weblink The Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, 2000,, 9 October 2013,
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The country's central legislative body is the unicameral Moldovan Parliament (), which has 101 seats, and whose members are elected by popular vote on party lists every four years.The head of state is the President of Moldova, who between 2001 and 2015 was elected by the Moldovan Parliament, requiring the support of three-fifths of the deputies (at least 61 votes). The president of Moldova has been elected by the parliament since 2001, a change designed to decrease executive authority in favour of the legislature. Nevertheless, the Constitutional Court ruled on 4 March 2016, that this constitutional change adopted in 2000 regarding the presidential election was unconstitutional,NEWS,weblink DECIS: Şeful statului va fi ales de popor; Modificarea din 2000 a Constituţiei privind alegerea preşedintelui de Parlament, NECONSTITUŢIONALĂ, Jurnalul Național, 4 March 2016, Romanian, DECIDED: The president will be elected by the people; The 2000 amendment of the Constitution concerning the election of the President by Parliament unconstitutional, thus reverting the election method of the President to a two-round system direct election.The president appoints a prime minister who functions as the head of government, and who in turn assembles a cabinet, both subject to parliamentary approval.The 1994 constitution also establishes an independent Constitutional Court, composed of six judges (two appointed by the President, two by Parliament, and two by the Supreme Council of Magistrature), serving six-year terms, during which they are irremovable and not subordinate to any power. The Court is invested with the power of judicial review over all acts of the parliament, over presidential decrees, and over international treaties, signed by the country.

Internal affairs

File:Sediul_MAI_al_Republicii_Moldova.jpg|thumb|Ministry of Internal Affairs (Moldova)Ministry of Internal Affairs (Moldova)On 19 December 2016, Moldovan MPs approved raising the retirement age to 63 yearsWEB,weblink Europe's poorest nation passes IMF-backed retirement age increase, CNBC, 19 December 2016,, 3 August 2017, from the current level of 57 for women and 62 for men, a reform that is part of a 3-year-old assistance program agreed with the International Monetary Fund. The retirement age will be lifted gradually by a few months every year until coming fully into effect in 2028.Life expectancy in the ex-Soviet country (which is among Europe's poorest) is 67.5 years for men and 75.5 years for women. In a country with a population of 3.5 million, of which 1 million are abroad, there are more than 700,000 pensioners.

Foreign relations

File:European Union Moldova Locator.svg|thumb|Accession to the EU is a central issue in Moldovan politics]]After achieving independence from the Soviet Union, Moldova's foreign policy was designed with a view to establishing relations with other European countries, neutrality, and European Union integration. In 1995 the country was admitted to the Council of Europe.In addition to its participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme, Moldova is also a member state of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Francophonie and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.In 2005, Moldova and the EU established an action plan that sought to improve collaboration between its two neighbouring countries, Romania and Ukraine. At the end of 2005 EUBAM, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, was established at the joint request of the presidents of Moldova and Ukraine. EUBAM assists the Moldovan and Ukrainian governments in approximating their border and customs procedures to EU standards and offers support in both countries' fight against cross-border crime.After the 1990–1992 War of Transnistria, Moldova sought a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Transnistria region by working with Romania, Ukraine, and Russia, calling for international mediation, and co-operating with the OSCE and UN fact-finding and observer missions. The foreign minister of Moldova, Andrei Stratan, repeatedly stated that the Russian troops stationed in the breakaway region were there against the will of the Moldovan government and called on them to leave "completely and unconditionally".WEB,weblink Moldova Calls on Russian Troops To Leave Transdniestr, {{dead link|date=March 2016}}{{cbignore}} In 2012, a security zone incident resulted in the death of a civilian, raising tensions with Russia.NEWS, Ellen, Barry,weblink Shooting at Checkpoint Raises Tensions in a Disputed Region Claimed by Moldova, The New York Times, 3 January 2012, 2 September 2015, File:Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Austrian Federal Chancellor Christian Kern, and Moldovan President Igor Dodon on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.jpg|thumb|left|Moldovan President Igor Dodon (right) with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinIn September 2010, the European Parliament approved a grant of €90 million to Moldova.WEB,weblink EU to grant €90 million to crisis-hit Moldova,, 7 September 2010, 9 October 2013, The money was to supplement US$570 million in International Monetary Fund loans,NEWS,weblink Moldova to get $570 million in IMF loans, RIA Novosti, 30 January 2010, 25 November 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 19 October 2012, World Bank and other bilateral support already granted to Moldova. In April 2010, Romania offered Moldova development aid worth of €100 million while the number of scholarships for Moldovan students doubled to 5,000.WEB, Marian Chiriac,weblink Romania, Moldova to Boost Relations,, 9 October 2013, According to a lending agreement signed in February 2010, Poland provided US$15 million as a component of its support for Moldova in its European integration efforts.WEB,weblink Poland will support Moldova in its European integration efforts, Moldova Azi, 9 October 2013, The first joint meeting of the Governments of Romania and Moldova, held in March 2012, concluded with several bilateral agreements in various fields.WEB,weblink First meeting of Romania and Rep. of Moldova Governments, concluded with initialling of several bilateral agreements,, 4 March 2012, y,weblink" title="">weblink 7 April 2014, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 8 February 2013, Joint meeting of the Government of Romania and Government of the Republic of Moldova, Romanian, Guvernul Romaniei, 9 October 2013, The European orientation "has been the policy of Moldova in recent years and this is the policy that must continue," Nicolae Timofti told lawmakers before his election.The Washington Post, Moldova elects pro-European judge Timofti as president, ending 3 years of political deadlockOn 29 November 2013, at a summit in Vilnius, Moldova signed an association agreement with the European Union dedicated to the European Union's 'Eastern Partnership' with ex-Soviet countries.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 7 December 2013, EU-Moldova Association Agreement, European Union External Action, The ex-Romanian President Traian Băsescu stated that Romania will make all efforts for Moldova to join the EU as soon as possible. Likewise, Traian Băsescu declared that the unification of Moldova with Romania is the next national project for Romania, as more than 75% of the population speaks Romanian.NEWS,weblink Băsescu: Următorul proiect de țară al României, unirea cu Basarabia, România Liberă, 27 November 2013, Moldova has signed the Association Agreement with the European Union in Brussels on 27 June 2014. The signing comes after the accord has been initialed in Vilnius in November 2013.WEB,weblink European Union – EEAS (European External Action Service) – EU forges closer ties with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova,, WEB,weblink European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Remarks by President Barroso at the signing of the Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine,, It can be said that religious leaders play a role in shaping foreign policy. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Government has frequently used its connections with the Russian Orthodox Church to block and stymie the integration of former Soviet states like Moldova into the West.Andrew Higgins, "In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower," The New York Times, September 13, 2016


File:Moldovan army Capt. Deli Ianec, left, role-playing as an Afghan National Army officer, and U.S. Army Capt. Trey Marsh, with Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, review pictures taken after a search 130311-A-PU716-004.jpg|thumb|right|A soldier of the Moldovan Army at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, GermanyGermanyThe Moldovan armed forces consist of the Ground Forces and Air Force. Moldova has accepted all relevant arms control obligations of the former Soviet Union. On 30 October 1992, Moldova ratified the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which establishes comprehensive limits on key categories of conventional military equipment and provides for the destruction of weapons in excess of those limits. The country acceded to the provisions of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in October 1994 in Washington, D.C. It does not have nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological weapons. Moldova joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's Partnership for Peace on 16 March 1994.Moldova is committed to a number of international and regional control of arms regulations such as the UN Firearms Protocol, Stability Pact Regional Implementation Plan, the UN Programme of Action (PoA) and the OSCE Documents on Stockpiles of Conventional Ammunition.Since declaring independence in 1991, Moldova has participated in UN peacekeeping missions in Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan and Georgia.Moldova signed a military agreement with Romania to strengthen regional security. The agreement is part of Moldova's strategy to reform its military and cooperate with its neighbours.WEB, Moldova's military agreements to help strengthen regional security,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 4 September 2015, 21 December 2013, On 12 November 2014, the US donated to Moldovan Armed Forces 39 Humvees and 10 trailers, with a value of US$700,000, to the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion of the Moldovan National Army to "increase the capability of Moldovan peacekeeping contingents."WEB,weblink 2014 – Embassy of the United States Chișinău, Moldova,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 4 September 2015, dmy-all,

Human rights

According to Amnesty International, as of 2004 "Torture and other ill-treatment in police detention remained widespread; the state failed to carry out prompt and impartial investigations and police officers sometimes evaded penalties. Political dissidents from Ilașcu Group were released from arbitrary detention in the break-away Transdinester region only after an order of the European Court of Human Rights.WEB,weblink Ilascu and Others vs. Moldova and Russia,, 12 July 2004, 9 October 2013, In 2009, when Moldova experienced its most serious civil unrest in a decade, several civilians, including Valeriu Boboc, were killed and many more injured.WEB,weblink Moldova 2011 Crime and Safety Report – Bureau of Diplomatic Security,, 19 February 2011, 9 October 2013, According to Human Rights Report of the United States Department of State, released in April 2011, "In contrast to the previous year, there were no reports of killings by security forces. During the year reports of government exercising undue influence over the media substantially decreased." But "Transnistrian authorities continued to harass independent media and opposition lawmakers; restrict freedom of association, movement, and religion; and discriminate against Romanian speakers."WEB,weblink 2010 Human Rights Report: Moldova, United States Department of State, 9 October 2013, Moldova "has made noteworthy progress" on religious freedom since the era of the Soviet Union, but it can still take further steps to foster diversity," said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt, in Chișinău, in September 2011.WEB,weblink Moldova: UN human rights expert calls for more fostering of religious diversity,, 9 September 2011, 9 October 2013, Moldova improved its legislation by enacting the Law on Preventing and Combating Family Violence, in 2008.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 29 October 2013, Law on Preventing and Combating Family Violence, UN Women, 4 November 2013,

Administrative divisions

{{Map of administrative divisions of Moldova|left}}Moldova is divided into 32 districts (raioane, singular raion), three municipalities and two autonomous regions (Gagauzia and Transnistria).WEB,weblink Autorități publice locale, Government of Moldova, 12 October 2010, The final status of Transnistria is disputed, as the central government does not control that territory. 10 other cities, including Comrat and Tiraspol, the administrative seats of the two autonomous territories, also have municipality status.Moldova has 66 cities (towns), including 13 with municipality status, and 916 communes. Another 700 villages are too small to have a separate administration and are administratively part of either cities (41 of them) or communes (659). This makes for a total of 1,682 localities in Moldova, two of which are uninhabited.Clasificatorul unităţilor administrativ-teritoriale (CUATM) {{ro icon}}{{Largest cities of Moldova}}The largest city in Moldova is Chișinău with a population of 635,994 people. {{clear}}


File:Dniester in Moldova, 2004.jpg|thumb|Scenery in Moldova, with Dniester RiverDniester RiverFile:Dniester near Vadul lui Vodă.jpg|thumb|Beach on the shore of Dniester RiverDniester RiverMoldova lies between latitudes 45° and 49° N, and mostly between meridians 26° and 30° E (a small area lies east of 30°). The total land area is 33,851 km2The largest part of the nation lies between two rivers, the Dniester and the Prut. The western border of Moldova is formed by the Prut river, which joins the Danube before flowing into the Black Sea. Moldova has access to the Danube for only about {{convert|480|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}, and GiurgiuleÈ™ti is the only Moldovan port on the Danube. In the east, the Dniester is the main river, flowing through the country from north to south, receiving the waters of Răut, Bîc, Ichel, Botna. Ialpug flows into one of the Danube limans, while Cogîlnic into the Black Sea chain of limans.File:Orhei Vechi, Moldova - Flickr - Dave Proffer (13).jpg|thumb|Cave churches at Old OrheiOld OrheiFile:Toltre FTȘT-52.JPG|thumb|right|Toltrele Prutului near FeteÈ™ti, EdineÈ› DistrictEdineÈ› DistrictThe country is landlocked, though it is close to the Black Sea. While most of the country is hilly, elevations never exceed {{convert|430|m|ft|0|abbr=on}} – the highest point being the BălăneÈ™ti Hill. Moldova's hills are part of the Moldavian Plateau, which geologically originate from the Carpathian Mountains. Its subdivisions in Moldova include the Dniester Hills (Northern Moldavian Hills and Dniester Ridge), the Moldavian Plain (Middle Prut Valley and BălÈ›i Steppe), and the Central Moldavian Plateau (Ciuluc-SoloneÈ› Hills, CorneÈ™ti Hills—Codri Massive, "Codri" meaning "forests"—Lower Dniester Hills, Lower Prut Valley, and Tigheci Hills). In the south, the country has a small flatland, the Bugeac Plain. The territory of Moldova east of the river Dniester is split between parts of the Podolian Plateau, and parts of the Eurasian Steppe.The country's main cities are the capital ChiÈ™inău, in the centre of the country, Tiraspol (in the eastern region of Transnistria), BălÈ›i (in the north) and Bender (in the south-east). Comrat is the administrative centre of Gagauzia.


Moldova has a climate which is moderately continental; its proximity to the Black Sea leads to the climate being mildly cold in the autumn and winter and relatively cool in the spring and summer.WEB,weblink Moldova's Climate,, 9 October 2013, The summers are warm and long, with temperatures averaging about {{convert|20|°C|0|abbr=on}} and the winters are relatively mild and dry, with January temperatures averaging {{convert|-4|°C|0|abbr=on}}. Annual rainfall, which ranges from around {{convert|600|mm|0|abbr=on}} in the north to {{convert|400|mm|0|abbr=on}} in the south, can vary greatly; long dry spells are not unusual. The heaviest rainfall occurs in early summer and again in October; heavy showers and thunderstorms are common. Because of the irregular terrain, heavy summer rains often cause erosion and river silting.The highest temperature ever recorded in Moldova was {{convert|41.5|°C|1|abbr=on}} on 21 July 2007 in Camenca.WEB, Stînga Nistrului,weblink Camenca temperature,, 9 October 2013, The lowest temperature ever recorded was {{convert|-35.5|°C|1|abbr=on}} on 20 January 1963 in Brătușeni, Edineț county.WEB,weblink Bratuseni temperature,, 9 October 2013, {| class="wikitable sortable" style="margin:auto;"!Location!July (°C)!July (°F)!January (°C)!January (°F)Chișinău >| 33/24Tiraspol >| 33/21Bălți >| 31/18


{{Overly detailed|section|date=October 2016}}(File:MoldovanGDPBySector.svg|thumb|right|Moldova GDP by sector)After the breakup from the USSR in 1991, energy shortages, political uncertainty, trade obstacles and weak administrative capacity contributed to the decline of economy. As a part of an ambitious economic liberalization effort, Moldova introduced a convertible currency, liberalized all prices, stopped issuing preferential credits to state enterprises, backed steady land privatization, removed export controls, and liberalized interest rates. The government entered into agreements with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to promote growth. The economy reversed from decline in late 90's. Since 1999 the GDP (PPP) has had a steady growth as follows:WEB,weblink Moldova – GDP (purchasing power parity) – Historical Data Graphs per Year,, {| class="wikitable"! 2005 !! 2006 !! 2007 !! 2008 !! 2009 !! 2010 !! 2011 !! 2012 !! 2013 !! 2014 !! 2015| −1.10%Although estimates point to possible modest overvaluation of the real exchange rate, external competitiveness appears broadly adequate as reflected in strong sustained export performance.PRESS RELEASE,weblink 2014 Article IV consultation and first post-program monitoring discussions – Staff report; press release; and statement by the Executive Director for the Republic of Moldova, International Monetary Fund, IMF, IMF Country Report No. 14/190, July 2014, 2 September 2015, However, the near-term economic outlook is weak. Main risks to the near-term outlook relate to serious vulnerabilities and governance issues in the banking sector, policy slippages in the run up to the elections, intensification of geopolitical tensions in the region, and a further slowdown in activity in main trading partners.Moldova remains highly vulnerable to fluctuations in remittances from workers abroad (24 percent of GDP), exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and European Union (EU) (88 per cent of total exports), and donor support (about 10 per cent of government spending). The main transmission channels through which adverse exogenous shocks could impact the Moldovan economy are: remittances (also due to potentially returning migrants), external trade, and capital flows.Moldova largely achieved the main objectives of the combined ECF/EFF (IMF financial credit) supported program. The economy recovered from the drought-related contraction in 2012.{| class="wikitable" align="right"! Year! Economicgrowth! Year! Economicgrowth! Year! Economicgrowth| +6,4%| -0,7%| +8,9-30,9% >| +4,6| -0,5%| +2,0| +4,5||| Note:Cum a evoluat economia Republicii Moldova în ultimii 20 de ani.. Accesat la 27 iunie 2011.Biroul Național de Statistică: Produsul intern brut în anul 2012, date actualizateBNS: Produsul intern brut în Republica Moldova în anul 2013, date actualizate. Accesat la 17 martie 2014.Economia Moldovei a înregistrat o crestere de 4,6%, în 2014, și constituie 111 miliarde de lei; Accesat la 17.02.2015{{Citation > url= author= url= newspaper=Adevărul author=Iurii Botnarenco| accessdate=28 September 2018}}The gross average monthly salary in the Republic of Moldova has registered a steady positive growth after 1999, being 5906 lei or 298 euros in 2018.Corporate governance in the banking sector is a major concern. In line with FSAP recommendations, significant weaknesses in the legal and regulatory frameworks must be urgently addressed to ensure stability and soundness of the financial sector. Moldova has achieved a substantial degree of fiscal consolidation in recent years, but this trend is now reversing. Resisting pre-election pressures for selective spending increases and returning to the path of fiscal consolidation would reduce reliance on exceptionally-high donor support. Structural fiscal reforms would help safeguard sustainability. Monetary policy has been successful in maintaining inflation within the NBM's target range. The implementation of structural reforms outlined in the National Development Strategy (NDS) Moldova 2020—especially in the business environment, physical infrastructure, and human resources development areas—would help boost potential growth and reduce poverty. Moldova's remarkable recovery from the severe recession of 2009 was largely the result of sound macroeconomic and financial policies and structural reforms. Despite a small contraction in 2012, Moldova's economic performance was among the strongest in the region during 2010–13. Economic activity grew cumulatively by about 24 percent; consumer price inflation was brought under control; and real wages increased cumulatively by about 13 percent. This expansion was made possible by adequate macroeconomic stabilization measures and ambitious structural reforms implemented in the wake of the crisis under a Fund-supported program. In November 2013, Moldova initialed an Association Agreement with the EU which includes provisions establishing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).{| class="wikitable"!The country!Average monthly salary (euro) 2018 url= author=| accessdate=28 September 2018}}|298 url= newspaper=Mediafax author=Dan Straut| accessdate=28 September 2018}}|966 url= author=| accessdate=28 September 2018}}|276|RussiaCредняя зарплата россия 2018|534A political crisis in early 2013 led to policy slippages in the fiscal and financial areas. The political crisis that broke out in early 2013 was resolved with the appointment of a government supported by a pro-European center-right/center coalition in May 2013. However, delays in policy implementation prevented completion of the final reviews under the ECF/EFF arrangements.{{citation needed|date=August 2016}}File:Moldova-chisineu-Mall-Dova.jpg|thumb|MallDova shopping centre in Chișinău]]Despite a sharp decline in poverty in recent years, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and structural reforms are needed to promote sustainable growth. Based on the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) regional poverty line of US$5/day (PPP), 55 percent of the population was poor in 2011. While this was significantly lower than 94 percent in 2002, Moldova's poverty rate is still more than double the ECA average of 25 percent. The NDS—Moldova (National Development System) 2020, which was published in November 2012, focuses on several critical areas to boost economic development and reduce poverty. These include education, infrastructure, financial sector, business climate, energy consumption, pension system, and judicial framework. Following the regional financial crisis in 1998, Moldova has made significant progress towards achieving and retaining macroeconomic and financial stabilization. It has, furthermore, implemented many structural and institutional reforms that are indispensable for the efficient functioning of a market economy. These efforts have helped maintain macroeconomic and financial stability under difficult external circumstances, enabled the resumption of economic growth and contributed to establishing an environment conducive to the economy's further growth and development in the medium term.{{Citation needed|date=August 2016}}The government's goal of EU integration has resulted in some market-oriented progress. Moldova experienced better than expected economic growth in 2013 due to increased agriculture production, to economic policies adopted by the Moldovan government since 2009, and to the receipt of EU trade preferences connecting Moldovan products to the world's largest market. Moldova has signed the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union during summer 2014.WEB,weblink Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, Government of the Republic of Moldova, 26 November 2013, 2 September 2015, Moldova has also achieved a Free Visa RegimeWEB,weblink European Union,, with the EU which represents the biggest achievement of Moldovan diplomacy since independence.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Visa liberalisation for Moldova, Council of the European Union, 14 March 2014, 2 September 2015, Still, growth has been hampered by high prices for Russian natural gas, a Russian import ban on Moldovan wine, increased foreign scrutiny of Moldovan agricultural products, and by Moldova's large external debt. Over the longer term, Moldova's economy remains vulnerable to political uncertainty, weak administrative capacity, vested bureaucratic interests, corruption, higher fuel prices, Russian pressure, and the separatist regime in Moldova's Transnistria region.WEB,weblink Moldova Economy Profile 2014,, According to IMF World Economic Outlook April 2014, the Moldovan GDP (PPP) per capita is 3,927 International Dollars,WEB,weblink Download entire World Economic Outlook database,, WEB,weblink Moldova, Global Finance Magazine, excluding grey economy and tax evasion.


With few natural energy resources, Moldova imports almost all of its energy supplies from Russia and Ukraine. Moldova's dependence on Russian energy is underscored by a growing US$5 billion debt to Russian natural gas supplier Gazprom, largely the result of unreimbursed natural gas consumption in the separatist Transnistria region. In August 2013, work began on a new pipeline between Moldova and Romania that may eventually break Russia's monopoly on Moldova's gas supplies. Moldova is a partner country of the EU INOGATE energy programme, which has four key topics: enhancing energy security, convergence of member state energy markets on the basis of EU internal energy market principles, supporting sustainable energy development, and attracting investment for energy projects of common and regional interest.WEB,weblink INOGATE website,

Wine industry

File:MileÅŸtii Mici (3944427747).jpg|thumb|MileÈ™tii Mici is home to the world's biggest wine cellarswine cellarsThe country has a well-established wine industry. It has a vineyard area of {{convert|147000|ha}}, of which {{convert|102500|ha|abbr=on}} are used for commercial production. Most of the country's wine production is made for export. Many families have their own recipes and grape varieties that have been passed down through the generations. MileÈ™tii Mici is the home of the largest wine cellar in the world. It stretches for 200 km and holds almost 2 million bottles of wineWEB,weblink Where in the world is the largest wine cellar?, Jones, Louise,, 2017-08-03,


Moldova's rich soil and temperate continental climate (with warm summers and mild winters) have made the country one of the most productive agricultural regions since ancient times, and a major supplier of agricultural products in southeastern Europe. In agriculture, the economic reform started with the land cadastre reform.WEB,weblink Legea cu privire la secţiile pentru reforma agrară în cadrul organelor de autoadministrare locală ale Republicii Moldova Nr.129 din 02.03.92, Monitorul Oficial nr.3/80, 1992, Law on Land Reform for the local self-administration of the Republic of Moldova Nr.129 from 02/03/92, 3, ro, Monitorul oficial, 30 October 2016, Moldova's agricultural products include vegetables, fruits, grapes, wine, and grains.BOOK, Family Reference Atlas of the World, 2016, National Geographic, Washington District of Columbia, 4,


File:Chisinau Airport KIV.jpg|thumb|Chișinău International AirportChișinău International AirportThe main means of transportation in Moldova are railways {{convert|1138|km|mi|abbr=on}} and a highway system ({{convert|12730|km|mi|0|abbr=on|disp=or}} overall, including {{convert|10937|km|mi|0|abbr=on|disp=or}} of paved surfaces). The sole international air gateway of Moldova is the Chișinău International Airport. The Giurgiulești terminal on the Danube is compatible with small seagoing vessels. Shipping on the lower Prut and Nistru rivers plays only a modest role in the country's transportation system.


The first million mobile telephone users were registered in September 2005. The number of mobile telephone users in Moldova increased by 47.3% in the first quarter of 2008 against the last year and exceeded 2.89 million.{{Ro icon}} R. Moldova are deja peste două milioane de utilizatori ai serviciilor de telefonie mobilă – Agenția Naționala pentru Reglementare în Comunicații Electronice și Tehnologia Informației (ANRCETI)In September 2009, Moldova was the first country in the world to launch high-definition voice services (HD voice) for mobile phones, and the first country in Europe to launch 14.4 Mbit/s mobile broadband on a national scale, with over 40% population coverage.WEB,weblink Orange launches HD mobile phone service, Katie Allen, 31 December 2009, The Guardian, 18 September 2010, {{As of|2010}}, there are around 1,295,000 Internet users in Moldova with overall Internet penetration of 35.9%.WEB,weblink International Telecommunication Union,, 9 October 2013, On 6 June 2012, the Government approved the licensing of 4G / LTE for mobile operators.WEB,weblink the Government approved the licensing of 4G / LTE for mobile operators, UNIMEDIA, 6 June 2013, UNIMEDIA, 10 March 2013,


Ethnic composition

Moldovans or Moldavians (, {{IPA-ro|moldoˈvenʲ|pron}}; Moldovan Cyrillic: Молдовень) are the largest ethnic group of the Republic of Moldova (75.1% of the population, as of 2014). Under the variant Moldavians, the term may also be used to refer to all inhabitants of the territory of historical Principality of Moldavia, currently divided among Romania (47.5%), Moldova (30.5%) and Ukraine (22%), regardless of ethnic identity. In Romania, the inhabitants from the Republic of Moldova are colloquially called "Bessarabians" (basarabeni) (after the Bessarabia region), in order to be distinguished from the inhabitants of the Romanian Moldavia region who also generally refer to themselves (or are referred to by the inhabitants of the other Romanian regions) as "Moldavians" (moldoveni), but declare Romanian ethnicity.{| class="wikitable"|+bgcolor="#e0e0e0"Population of Rep.Moldova according to ethnic group (Censuses 1897–2014)bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! rowspan="2" | Ethnic group! colspan="2" | 18971! colspan="2" | 19302! colspan="2" | 19413! colspan="2" | 19594! colspan="2" | 19705 ! colspan="2" | 19796! colspan="2" | 19897! colspan="2" | 20048! colspan="2" | 20149bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %| Moldovans 920,919 47.59 1,610,757 56.26 1,793,493 65.61 1,886,566 65.41 2,303,916 64.56 2,525,687 63.95 2,794,749 64.47 2,564,849 76.12 2,068,058 75.07| Romanians 1,663 0.06 1,581 0.04 1,657 0.04 2,477 0.06 73,276 2.17 192,800 7.00| Ukrainians 379,698 19.62 314,211 10.98 449,542 16.45 420,820 14.59 506,560 14.19 560,679 14.20 600,366 13.85 282,406 8.38 181,035 6.57| Gagauzians 55,790 2.88 98,172 3.43 115,683 4.23 95,856 3.32 124,902 3.50 138,000 3.49 153,458 3.54 147,500 4.38 126,010 4.57| Russians 155,774 8.05 351,912 12.29 164,410 6.01 292,930 10.16 414,444 11.61 505,730 12.81 562,069 12.97 201,218 5.97 111,726 4.06| Bulgarians 103,225 5.33 163,726 5.72 177,647 6.50 61,652 2.14 73,776 2.07 80,665 2.04 88,419 2.04 65,662 1.95 51,867 1.88Romani people>Romani 8,636 0.45 13,518 0.47 8,204 0.30 7,265 0.25 9,235 0.26 10,666 0.27 11,571 0.27 12,271 0.36 9,323 0.34| Jews 228,168 11.79 204,858 7.16 6,882 0.25 95,107 3.30 98,072 2.75 80,124 2.03 65,836 1.52 3,628 0.11 1,597 0.06| Belarusians 2,471 0.13 Russians Russians 5,977 0.21 10,327 0.29 13,874 0.35 19,608 0.45 5,059 0.15 -| Poles 11,696 0.60 8,104 0.28 9,086 0.33 4,783 0.17 4,899 0.14 4,961 0.13 4,739 0.11 2,383 0.07 -| Germans 60,206 3.11 81,089 2.83 2,058 0.08 3,843 0.13 9,399 0.26 11,374 0.29 7,335 0.17 1,616 0.05 -| Others 8,642 0.45 16,604 0.58 6,560 0.24 7,947 0.28 11,734 0.33 16,049 0.41 24,590 0.57 9,444 0.28 12,303 0.45| Unspecified - 193,434 6.45bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! align="left" | Total! colspan="2" | 1,935,412! colspan="2" | 2,864,402! colspan="2" | 2,733,565! colspan="2" | 2,884,477! colspan="2" | 3,568,873 ! colspan="2" | 3,949,756! colspan="2" | 4,335,360 ! colspan="2" | 3,383,332! colspan="2" | 2,998,2351Source:weblink. 2Source:weblink.weblink. 3Source:weblink. 4Source:weblink. 5Source:weblink. 6Source:weblink. 7Source:weblink. 8Source:weblink.weblink. 9Source:weblink.weblink. Censuses: 28.01.1897 / 29.12.1930 / August 1941 / 15.01.1959 / 15.01.1970 / 17.01.1979 / 12.01.1989 / 05.10.2004 / 12.05.2014As per 2014 census preliminary data, 2,998,235 inhabitants live in Moldova (within the areas controlled by the central government), an 11.3% decrease from the figure recorded at the 2004 census. The urbanization rate is 45% of the total population living in urban areas ({{As of|2015|lc=y}}).WEB,weblink The World Factbook, Moldova, geography, Central Intelligence Agency, 2 September 2015, 2 September 2015, (File:Rep.Moldova - Harta Etnică (2014).png|thumb|350px|Ethnic map of Rep.Moldova (2014))According to the last census in Transnistria (October 2015), the population of the region was 475,665, a 14.3% decrease from the figure recorded at the 2004 census. The urbanization rate was 69.9%.WEB,weblink Populația Transnistriei a scăzut cu 14,3 la sută - FLUX on-line,, 3 August 2017, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 3 August 2017, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Transnistria a pierdut "un oraș", Radio Europa Liberă, 3 August 2017, {| class="wikitable"|+bgcolor="#e0e0e0"Population of Transnistria according to ethnic group (Censuses 2004–2015)bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! rowspan="2" | Ethnic group! colspan="2" | 20041! colspan="2" | 20152bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! Number! %! Number! %| Russians 168,678 30.37 161,300 33.8| Moldovans 177,382 31.94 156,600 33.2| Ukrainians 160,069 28.82 126,700 26.7| Bulgarians 13,858 2.50 13,300 2.8| Gagauzians 4,096 0.74 5,700 1.2| Belarusians 3,811 0.69 2,800 0.6| Germans 2,071 0.37 1,400 0.3| Poles 1,791 0.32 1,000 0.2| Jews 1,259 0.23 -Romani people>Romani 507 0.09 -bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! align="left" | Total! colspan="2" | 555,347! colspan="2" | 475,665 1 Source: weblink. 2 Source: weblink. weblink.


File:Grafitti politice în Republica Moldova.png|thumb|right|upright=1.35|Left. A (Limba noastră]] (Our language) social ad in Chișinău, to which the handwritten word "Română" (Romanian) was added.Right. An inscription on a building in Chișinău: "I am Moldovan! I speak Moldovan!"(both messages use the same language)) The official language of Moldova is Romanian, a Romance language related to Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.The 1991 Declaration of Independence names the official language Romanian.WEB,weblink y,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2008, Declarația de independența a Republicii Moldova, Moldova Suverană, Romanian,, 5 February 2008, 9 October 2013, WEB, Bill Fraser,weblink A Field Guide to the Main Languages of Europe – Spot that language and how to tell them apart, European Commission, 11 December 2006, 9 October 2013, y,weblink" title="">weblink 24 February 2007, The Constitution of 1994 stated that the national language of the Republic of Moldova was Moldovan, and its writing is based on the Latin alphabet.WEB,weblink Article 13, line 1 – of Constitution of Republic of Moldova, In 2013, the Constitutional Court of Moldova ruled that the name "Romanian", as used in the Declaration of Independence to identify the official language, prevails over the name "Moldovan", given in Article 13 of the Constitution.NEWS, Hotărâre Nr. 36 din 05.12.2013 privind interpretarea articolului 13 alin. (1) din Constituție în corelație cu Preambulul Constituției și Declarația de Independență a Republicii Moldova (Sesizările nr. 8b/2013 și 41b/2013), Constitutional Court of Moldova, 124. [...] Prin urmare, Curtea consideră că prevederea conținută în Declarația de Independență referitoare la limba română ca limbă de stat a Republicii Moldova prevalează asupra prevederii referitoare la limba moldovenească conținute în articolul 13 al Constituției., Romanian,weblink 2013-12-20, {| class="wikitable"|+bgcolor="#e0e0e0"Languages usually spoken in Rep.Moldova (Censuses 1897–2014)bgcolor="#e0e0e0" {{multiple image direction=vertical width1=170 alt1= width2=170 |caption2=Language Russian by districts (2014)}}! rowspan="2" | First language! colspan="2" | 18971! colspan="2" | 19302! colspan="2" | 19893! colspan="2" | 20044! colspan="2" | 20145bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %! Number! %Moldovan language>Moldovan * 920,919 47.59 1,598,573 55.83 1,412,826 33.46 1,988,540 59.02 1,486,570 54.65Romanian language>Romanian * 418 0.01 554,814 16.47 652,394 23.98Russian language>Russian 155,774 8.05 370,112 12.93 2,434,356 57.65 540,990 16.06 394,133 14.49Gagauz language>Gagauz 55,790 2.88 101,356 3.54 34,000 0.8 104,890 3.11 74,167 2.73Ukrainian language>Ukrainian 379,698 19.62 331,183 11.57 240,000 5.7 130,114 3.86 73,802 2.71Bulgarian language>Bulgarian 103,225 5.33 164,551 5.75 22,000 0.5 38,565 1.14 26,577 0.98Romani language>Romani 8,636 0.45 6,520 0.23 3,000 0.1 - 5,764 0.21Hebrew language>Hebrew 228,168 11.79 201,278 7.03 33,000 0.8 - -German language>German 60,206 3.11 80,568 2.81 5,000 0.1 - -| Others languages 22,809 1.18 8,935 0.31 38,000 0.9 11,318 0.34 6,970 0.26| Unspecified - 193,434 6.45bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! align="left" | Total! colspan="2" | 1,935,412! colspan="2" | 2,864,402! colspan="2" | 4,335,360! colspan="2" | 3,383,332! colspan="2" | 2,998,2351Source:weblink. 2Source:weblink.weblink. 3Source:weblink. 4Source:weblink. 5Source:weblink.* The Moldovan (also Moldavian) language is the dialect (glottonym) of the Romanian language used in the Rep.Moldova.At the 2014 census (which did not include data from the Transnistrian region), 54.7% of the population named Moldovan whereas 24.0% named Romanian as their first language in daily use. Although only 4.1% are ethnic Russians, Russian is still used as the main language by 14.5% of the total population. Around 50% of ethnic Ukrainians, 33% of Gagauz, 33% of Bulgarians, and 5.7% of Moldovans declared Russian as their daily use language.{| class="wikitable"|+bgcolor="#e0e0e0"! rowspan="2" | Rep.Moldova! colspan="2" | Native language! colspan="2" | Language of first usebgcolor="#e0e0e0"! 2004 %! 2014 %! 2004 %! 2014 %Romanian language>Romanian (Moldovan) 76.82 80.20 75.49 78.63Russian language>Russian 11.30 9.68 16.06 14.49Gagauz language>Gagauz 4.09 4.21 3.11 2.73Ukrainian language>Ukrainian 5.53 3.94 3.86 2.71Bulgarian language>Bulgarian 1.61 1.53 1.14 0.98| Other languages 0.64 0.45 0.34 0.47Historically Russian was taught in schools as the first foreign language, because of the relationship with the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. In the 21st century, the primary foreign language taught in the schools is English. In 2013 more than 60% of schoolchildren took it as their first foreign language. This was followed by French, taken by less than 50% of students. Since 1996, the Republic of Moldova has been a full member of La Francophonie. German was the third-ranked choice.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 7 March 2014, English – the most preferred foreign language among Moldovan students,, 7 March 2014,


{{bar box |float=right |title=Religion in Moldova |titlebar=#ddd|left1 = Religion|right1 = Percent|bars ={{bar percent|Orthodox|purple|93.34}}{{bar percent|Protestant|blue|1.89}}{{bar percent|Old Believer|green|0.15}}{{bar percent|Roman Catholic|yellow|0.14}}{{bar percent|Jewish|teal|0.11}}{{bar percent|Atheist|orange|0.38}}{{bar percent|Non-religious|red|0.98}}{{bar percent|No answer|grey|2.24}}{{bar percent|Other religion|black|0.88}}}}For the 2004 census, Orthodox Christians, who make up 93.3% of Moldova's population, were not required to declare the particular of the two main churches they belong to. The Metropolis of Chișinău and All Moldova, autonomous and subordinated to the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Metropolis of Bessarabia, autonomous and subordinated to the Romanian Orthodox Church, both claim to be the national church of the country. More than 2.0% of the population is Protestant including a growing number of Jehovah's Witnesses, 0.9% belongs to other religions, 1.0% is non-religious, 0.4% is atheist, and 2.2% did not answer the religion question at the census.


File:National Library of the Republic of Moldova (7992652868).jpg|thumb|upright|The National Library of MoldovaNational Library of MoldovaThere are 16 state and 15WEB,weblink Bologna Process Template for National Reports: 2005–2007 (Moldova), Moldovanu-Batrinac, Viorelia, 18 December 2006, Bologna Process website, European Higher Education Area, 3, 2 July 2010, private institutions of higher education in Moldova, with a total of 126,100 students, including 104,300 in the state institutions and 21,700 in the private ones. The number of students per 10,000 inhabitants in Moldova has been constantly growing since the collapse of the Soviet Union, reaching 217 in 2000–2001, and 351 in 2005–2006.The National Library of Moldova was founded in 1832. The Moldova State University and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, the main scientific organizations of Moldova, were established in 1946.{{As of|2015}}, Romania allocates 5,000 scholarships in high schools and universities for Moldovan students.WEB,weblink România oferă tinerilor moldoveni 5.000 de burse în licee și universități, PUBLIKA.MD, 22 June 2015, Romanian, Likewise, more than half of preschool children in Moldova benefit from Romania funded program to renovate and equip kindergartens.WEB,weblink Presedintele Klaus Iohannis l-a primit, la Suceava, pe Nicolae Timofti: "Republica Moldova isi poate implini destinul doar in Uniunea Europeana. Combaterea coruptiei, stabilitatea economica si intarirea institutiilor, singura cale catre succes",, 7 July 2015, Romanian, Almost all the population is literate: the literacy rate of the population aged 15 and over is estimated at 99.4% ({{As of|2015|lc=y}}).WEB,weblink The World Factbook,, 2 September 2015, 2 September 2015,


The CIA World Factbook lists widespread crime and underground economic activity among major issues in Moldova. Human trafficking of Moldovan women and children to other parts of Europe is a serious problem.WEB,weblink Women Victims from Moldova From 1991 through 2008,, 4 November 2013, A UNODC report states: In terms of the citation index, eleven countries score very high as countries of origin. The countries are(listed in alphabetical order, by sub-region): Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine (Commonwealth of Independent States); Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Romania (Central and South Eastern Europe); China (Eastern Asia); Thailand (South-Eastern Asia); and Nigeria (Western Africa).(pg 58).weblinkIn 2014, US$1 billion disappeared from three of Moldova's leading banks."The great Moldovan bank robbery". BBC News. 18 June 2015. In two days loans worth US$1 billion were transferred in to United Kingdom and Hong Kong-registered companies whose ultimate owners are unknown."The billion-dollar ex-council flat". BBC News. 7 October 2015. Banks are administered by the National Bank of Moldova, so this loss was covered from state reserves.

Health and fertility

The total fertility rate (TFR) in Moldova was estimated in 2015 at 1.56 children/woman,WEB,weblinkthe-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html, Country Comparison: Total Fertility Rate,, 2015, 13 September 2016, which is below the replacement rate of 2.1. In 2012, the average age of women at first birth was 23.9 years, with 75.2% of births being to women under 30, and 22.4% of births being to unmarried women.WEB,,weblink Biroul Național de Statistică – Comunicate de presă,, 31 May 2013, 4 November 2013, The maternal mortality rate was 41 deaths/100,000 live births (in 2010)WEB,weblink The World Factbook – Moldova, rank,, 2 September 2015, 2 September 2015, and the infant mortality rate was 12.59 deaths/1,000 live births (in 2015).WEB,weblink The World Factbook,, 21 October 2013, The life expectancy in 2015 was estimated at 70.42 years (66.55 years male, 74.54 years female).Public expenditure on health was 4.2% of the GDP and private expenditure on health 3.2%.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 29 April 2009, Human Development Report 2009 – Moldova,, 7 October 2009, There are about 264 physicians per 100,000 people. Health expenditure was US$138 (PPP) per capita in 2004.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.WEB,weblink Pulitzer Center Reporting on MDR-TB in Moldova, According to a 2009 study, Moldova was struggling with one of the highest incidence rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world.WEB,weblink Tuberculosis, Former Soviet Nations, China Face High MDR-TB Prevalence, The percentage of adults (aged 15–49) living with HIV/AIDS was estimated in 2009 at 0.40%.WEB,weblink HIV/AIDS – Adult Prevalence Rate,, 4 November 2013,


Emigration is a mass phenomenon in Moldova and has a major impact on the country's demographics and economy. The Moldovan Intelligence and Security Service has estimated that 600,000 to one million Moldovan citizens (almost 25% of the population) are working abroad.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2011, Understanding Migration, Emigration from Moldova, 9 October 2013,


File:Eminescu.jpg|thumb|upright|Mihai EminescuMihai EminescuMoldova's cultural tradition has been influenced primarily by the Romanian origins of its majority population, the roots of which go back to the 2nd century AD, the period of Roman colonisation in Dacia.WEB,weblink Moldova - Culture,, 27 July 2018, Located geographically at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic and other cultures, Moldova has enriched its own culture adopting and maintaining traditions of neighbouring regions and of other influential sources.WEB, Octavian Sofransky,weblink Ethno-Political Conflict in Moldova, European Centre in Moldova, 2 September 2015, The largest ethnic group, which had come to identify itself widely as "Moldovan" by the 14th century, played a significant role in the shaping of classical Romanian culture. The culture has been also influenced by the Byzantine culture, the neighbouring Magyar and Slavic populations, and later by the Ottoman Turks. A strong Western European influence in Moldovan literature and arts was prevalent in the 19th century. During the periods 1812-1917 and 1944–89, Moldovans were influenced by Russian and Soviet administrative control as well and by ethnic Russian immigration.The country's cultural heritage was marked by numerous churches and monasteries built by the Moldavian ruler Stephen the Great in the 15th century, by the works of the later renaissance Metropolitans Varlaam and Dosoftei, and those of scholars such as Grigore Ureche, Miron Costin, Nicolae Milescu, Dimitrie Cantemir{{efn|name=fn6|Prince Dimitrie Cantemir was one of the most important figures of Moldavian culture of the 18th century. He wrote the first geographical, ethnographic and economic description of the country. {{La icon}} (:s:la:Descriptio Moldaviae|Descriptio Moldaviae), (Berlin, 1714), at Latin Wikisource.}} and Ion Neculce. In the 19th century, Moldavians from the territories of the medieval Principality of Moldavia, divided into Bessarabia, Bukovina, and Western Moldavia (after 1859, Romania), made a significant contribution to the formation of the modern Romanian culture. Among these were many Bessarabians, such as Alexandru Donici, Alexandru Hâjdeu, Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, Constantin Stamati, Constantin Stamati-Ciurea, Costache Negruzzi, Alecu Russo, Constantin Stere.Mihai Eminescu, a late Romantic poet, and Ion Creangă, a writer, are the most influential Romanian language artists, considered national writers both in Romania and Moldova.JOURNAL, Catherine Lovatt,weblink 2000: Year of Eminescu, Central Europe Review, 2, 3, 24 January 2000, 10 March 2016, The country has also important minority ethnic communities. Gagauz, 4.4% of the population, are Christian Turkic people. Greeks, Armenians, Poles, Ukrainians, although not numerous, were present since as early as the 17th century, and had left cultural marks. The 19th century saw the arrival of many more Ukrainians from Podolia and Galicia, as well as new communities, such as Lipovans, Bulgarians, and Germans.


In October 1939, Radio Basarabia, a local station of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company, was the first radio station opened in Chișinău. Television in Moldova was introduced in April 1958, within the framework of Soviet television. Through cable, Moldovan viewers can receive a large number of Russian channels, a few Romanian channels, and several Russian language versions of international channels in addition to several local channels.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}} One Russian and two local channels are aired.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}} Infotag is the state news agency.

Food and beverage

{{See also|Moldovan wine}}File:Sarmalute mamaliguta.JPG|thumb|A popular Moldovan dish of stuffed cabbage rolls (sarma), accompanied by sauerkraut and mămăligămămăligăMoldovan cuisine is similar to neighbouring Romania, and has been influenced by elements of Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian cuisine. Main dishes include beef, pork, potatoes, cabbage, and a variety of cereals. Popular alcoholic beverages are divin (Moldovan brandy), beer, and local wine.Total recorded adult alcohol consumption is approximately evenly split between spirits, beer and wine.


File:Moldova at ESC 2011.jpg|thumb|Zdob și Zdub performing at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.]]Among Moldova's most prominent composers are Gavriil Musicescu, Ștefan Neaga and Eugen Doga.In the field of pop music, Moldova has produced the band O-Zone, who came to prominence in 2003, with their hit song "Dragostea Din Tei", which topped multiple notable single charts. Moldova has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2005. Another popular band from Moldova is Zdob și Zdub that represented the country in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 6th.File:Carla%27s_Dreams_in_Feb_2018.jpg|thumb|left|Carla's DreamsCarla's DreamsIn May 2007, Natalia Barbu represented Moldova in Helsinki at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with her entry "Fight". Natalia squeezed into the final by a very small margin. She took 10th place with 109 points.Then Zdob și Zdub again represented Moldova in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest finishing 12th.The band SunStroke Project with Olia Tira represented the country in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with their hit song "Run Away". Their performance gained international notoriety as an internet meme due to the pelvic thrusting and dancing of Sergey Stepanov, the band saxophonist. He has been fittingly dubbed "Epic Sax Guy". SunStroke Project featured again in the 2017 Eurovision entry "Hey Mama" which got third place.WEB, 2017 Grand Final Scoreboard,weblink, European Broadcasting Union, 14 May 2016, In 2015 a new musical project by the name of Carla's Dreams has risen in popularity around Moldova. Carla's Dreams reached the top charts in multiple countries in Europe with the release of their song "Sub Pielea Mea" in 2016. The song received a lot of airplay and reached number one place on the charts in Moldova as well as Russia. The group is still active and released their latest album in 2017. The theme of the musical group is "Anonymous" as they perform with painted faces, hoodies and sunglasses. The identity of the group members is still unknown.Among most prominent classical musicians in Moldova are Maria Bieșu, one of the leading world's sopranos and the winner of the Japan International Competition; pianist Mark Zeltser, winner of the USSR National Competition, Margueritte Long Competition in Paris and Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy.


File:Zimbru_Stadium.JPG|thumb|Zimbru StadiumZimbru StadiumMost retail businesses close on New Year's Day and Independence Day, but remain open on all other holidays. Christmas is celebrated either on 7 January, the traditional date in Old Calendarists Eastern Orthodox Churches, or on 25 December, with both dates being recognized as public holidays.WEB, Moldova Declares Western Christmas Day Official Holiday,weblink 20 December 2013,


Trîntă (a form of wrestling) is the national sport in Moldova. Association football is the most popular team sport.Rugby union is popular as well. Registered players have doubled, and almost 10,000 spectators turn up at every European Nations Cup match.{{Citation needed|date=August 2011}} The most prestigious cycling race is the Moldova President's Cup, which was first run in 2004.Athletes from Moldova have won European medals in Athletics, Biathlon, Football and Gymnastics, World medals in Archery, Judo, Swimming and Taekwondo, as well as Olympic medals in Boxing, Canoeing, Shooting, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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