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Moldova

Background

Moldova

Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president. Moldova's four opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), which acted as Moldova's governing coalition until parliamentary elections were held in November 2010 and a new governing coalition could be formed. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty in 2009 and 2010, holding three general elections (in April 2009, July 2009, and November 2010) and four presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president.

About

Not to be confused with the neighbouring Romanian region of Moldavia.

Moldova is a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe, north of the Balkans, surrounded by Romania to the southwest, across the Prut river, and Ukraine to the northeast.

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MoldovaBest Western Plus Flowers Hotel 

Anestiade Street 7
Chisinau 2001
Moldova

Price (US$): $155 - $214 / night

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Location. Best Western Plus Flowers Hotel is located in central Chisinau, close to Cathedral Park, Kishinev Cathedral, and Holy Gates. Nearby points of interest also include Government House and Rose Valley. Hotel Features. Best Western Plus Flowers Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. This 4 star property has a business center and… more »

MoldovaKLASSIK MINI 1 HOTEL 

Kogalniceanu str. 6
Chisinau MD 2001
Moldova

Price (US$): $143 - $144 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEBUSINESS HOTEL BED AND BREAKFAST HOTELYEAR BUILT 2011YEAR REMODELED 2011RATINGSSTARS 3 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONTHIS 3 STAR HOTEL OFFERS A MODERN SPA WITH INDOOR POOLAIR CONDITIONED ROOMS WITH FREE WI FI AND TRADITIONALMOLDOVAN CUISINE. PARKING IS FREE.CLASSICAL STYLE ROOMS WITH FLAT SCREEN TV SEATING AREA ANDMINIBAR ARE PROVIDED BY THE KLASSIK HOTEL. EACH BATHROOM ISEQUIPPED WITH A HAIRDRYER AND COSY BATHROBE.SPA FACILITIES AT THE KLASSIK INCLUDE A FINNISH SAUNA GYMAND… more »

MoldovaSTELLA DE LUX HOTEL 

Bulgara Street 26
Chisinau 2001
Moldova

Price (US$): $130 - $131 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEBUSINESS HOTEL BED AND BREAKFAST HOTELYEAR BUILT 2006YEAR REMODELED 2006RATINGSSTARS 3 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONTHE STELLA DE LUX HOTEL IS SITUATED IN THE HISTORICALZONE OF THE CITY CENTER. THE WARM WELCOMING WILL OFFER YOUCOMFORT AND GOOD DISPOSITION DURING YOUR VISIT IN MOLDOVA.THIS HOTEL HAS 10 WELL EQUIPPED ROOMS MODERN FURNITUREINTERNET MINI BAR AIR CONDITIONED PHONE SATELLITE TVWITH MORE THAN 600 CHANNELS SHOWER CABIN BATH ACCESSORIESHAIR DRYER.HOTEL FACILITIES AND… more »

MoldovaWEEKEND BOUTIQUE HOTEL 

7 Arborilor lane
Chisinau 2025
Moldova

Price (US$): $146 - $214 / night

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THE HOTEL IS LOCATED IN THE VIBRANT HEART OF CHISINAU MOLDOVA CLOSE TO MAIN ATTRACTIONS MAJOR BUSINESS ANDENTERTAINMENT CENTRES.THE HOTEL HAS AN ATTRACTIVE LOCATION THAT OFFERS EASY ACCESSTO EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY.HOTEL IN CHISINAU YOU WILL BE SURPRISED BY THE UNIQUE DESIGNOF HOTEL INTERIOR. DESIGNERS IMAGINATION KNOWS NO LIMIT HECREATED HIS OWN UNIQUE STYLE WHERE YOU CAN DISCOVER APAMPERING BLEND OF CLASSIC STYLE COMFORT AND REFINEDSOPHISTICATION OF MERLINS MONROE AGE.THE HOTEL OFFERS 23… more »

MoldovaJAZZ HOTEL 

Vlaicu Pircalab Street 72
Chisinau 2012
Moldova

Price (US$): $175 - $240 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEVACATION HOTEL BUSINESS HOTEL BED AND BREAKFAST HOTEL VACATION/SEMINAR HOTEL BUSINESS/SEMINAR HOTELYEAR BUILT 2004YEAR REMODELED 2010RATINGSSTARS 4 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONENJOYING AN ENVIABLE LOCATION IN THE HEART OF THE CITYTHE JAZZ HOTEL CHISINAU MAKES A GREAT CHOICE FOR ABUSINESS STOPOVER OR A RECREATIONAL VISIT TO THE CAPITALOF MOLDOVA.EACH OF OUR 76 ROOMS OFFERS A QUIET MODERN AND ELEGANTATMOSPHERE FEATURING DIRECT PHONE MINI BAR FINGER TIPCONTROLLED HEAT AND AIR… more »

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Moldova

Full name
Republic of Moldova
Capital
Chisinau
Location

Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania

Geographic coordinates

47 00 N, 29 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Maryland

Border countries

Romania 450 km, Ukraine 940 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

moderate winters, warm summers

Terrain

rolling steppe, gradual slope south to Black Sea

Lowest point

Dniester (Nistru) 2 m

Highest point

Dealul Balanesti 430 m

Natural resources

lignite, phosphorites, gypsum, arable land, limestone

Population

4,317,483 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukrainian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 1.3% (2004 census)

Religions

Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5% (2000)

Languages

Moldovan (official, virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect)

Government type

republic

Independence

27 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)

National holiday

Independence Day, 27 August (1991)

Chief of state

Acting President Marian LUPU (since 30 December 2010)

Head of government

Prime Minister Vladimir FILAT (since 25 September 2009)

Internet country code

.md

Internet users

1.333 million (2009)

Airports

11 (2010)

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