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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 »

MoldovaCOSMOS HOTEL 

2 Negruzzi Square
Chisinau MD 2001
Moldova

Price (US$): $37 - $50 / night

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COSMOS HOTEL IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF CHISINAU THECAPITAL OF MOLDOVA. IT IS PERFECTLY LOCATED WITHIN EASYACCESS TO BUSINESS CENTERS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ANDTOURIST ATTRACTIONS. OUR HOTEL IS A PERFECT PLACE TO STAY WHETHER YOU ARE ON A HOLIDAY OR ON A BUSINESS TRIP. COSMOSOFFERS 153 COZY ROOMS VARYING FROM STANDARD ROOMS TO MORELUXURIOUS ONES. ROOMS ARE EQUIPPED WITH MODERN FACILITIES.THERE IS ALSO A RESTAURANT AND A SPACIOUS LOBBY AND 2CONFERENCE ROOMS more »

MoldovaHOTEL EDEM 

Odessa 34/1
Chisinau 2005
Moldova

Price (US$): $86 - $123 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEBUSINESS HOTELYEAR BUILT 2008RATINGSSTARS 4 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONA NEW MODERN 4 STAR HOTEL IN THE HEART OF CHISINAU. THEHOTEL OFFERS 14 COMFORTABLE ROOMS 11 STANDARD ROOMS AND 3SUITES DELUXE ALL PROVIDED WITH WOODEN CLASSIC STYLEFURNITURE AND EQUIPPED WITH SATELLITE TV INTERNATIONALAND INTERURBAN TELEPHONES. THE HOTEL ALSO OFFERS 2 SAUNASAND 1 OUTSIDE SWIMMING POOL. THE SWIMMING POOL IS FREE OFCHARGE FOR THE GUESTS. EDEM HOTEL 4 STAR IS EQUIPPED WITHCENTRAL SYSTEM OF… more »

MoldovaDACIA HOTEL 

135 31ST AVGUSTA STREET
Chisinau 2000
Moldova

Price (US$): $124 - $125 / night

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MoldovaGLORIA HOTEL 

9 1 Pietrariei street
Chisinau 2024
Moldova

Price (US$): $132 - $158 / night

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THE GLORIA HOTEL IS ONE OF THE FINEST AND LUXURIEST HOTELSOF THE MOLDOVAS CAPITAL CHISINAU. THIS HOTEL IN CHISINAU ISSITUATED IN A QUIET AREA JUST ACROSS FROM THE CIRCUS WITHINEASY WALKING DISTANCE TO THE CITY CENTRE. THE FRONT DESK ISOPEN 24 HOURS PER DAY AND OFFERS ROOM SERVICE ANDSAFE DEPOSIT BOXES FOR THE GUEST USE. BUSINESS SERVICESEVENT CATERING BREAKFAST BUFFET TOUR ASSISTANCE DRY CLEANINGAND CHAMBERMAID SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE. HOTEL IN CHISINAU ISEQUIPPED WITH HIGH SPEED INTERNET… 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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