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Numarul 2 / 30 august 2004 /
saptamanal de politica internationala
/ publicatie personala / Realizator: Nicu Ilie
 
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Moldova in catalogul Lonely Planet ENG

 
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Moldova in catalogul Lonely Planet ENG
 
 
 

Moldova in catalogul Lonely Planet ENG

Moldova is a picturesque country - all rolling green hills, whitewashed villages, placid lakes and sunflower fields - with an old-world charm that's hard to manufacture. Oh, and those vineyards. Go see it before it becomes completely Pepsified.

Nothing in Moldova succeeds like secession. This newly formed ex-Soviet republic is in constant danger of being whittled away to nothing. Republicans struggle to keep all the pieces together and smooth over the contradictions of being part Romanian, part Russian, and wholly Moldovan.

Nothing in Moldova succeeds like secession. This newly formed ex-Soviet republic is in constant danger of being whittled away to nothing as region after region pursues its own interests and affiliations. Unity and peaceful coexistence always seem a civil war away, as republicans struggle to keep all the pieces together and smooth over the contradictions of being part Romanian, part Russian, and wholly Moldovan. Added to these political tensions are Moldova's money blues brought on by the economy being so closely tied to the fortunes of the Russian rouble.

Despite all these problems Moldova is a picturesque country - all rolling green hills, whitewashed villages, placid lakes and sunflower fields - with an old-world charm that's hard to manufacture. It also has some of the best vineyards in Europe. For a couple of dollars you can buy a drop of plonk that in Western countries would cost you an arm and a leg. Go see Moldova before it becomes completely Pepsified.

Warning

A small strip of the northeastern Moldovan region of Transnistria has broken away from the rest of the country and travel there is discouraged. Lack of diplomatic recognition means that consular support can't be provided in case of emergency.

Full country name: Republic of Moldova
Area: 33,700 sq km (13,008 sq mi)
Population: 4,460,000
Capital city: Chisinau (pop. over 735,000)
People: Moldavian-Romanian 64.5%, Ukrainian 13.8%, Russian 13%, Gagauz 3.5%, Belarusian 3%, Jewish 1.5%, Bulgarian 2%
Language: Moldovan (virtually the same as Romanian), Russian, Gagauzi (a Turkish dialect)
Religion: Eastern Orthodox 98.5%, Jewish 1.5%
Government: Republic
President: Vladimir Voronin
Prime Minister: Vasile Tarlev

GDP: US$10 billion
GDP per head: US$2200
Annual growth: -8%
Inflation: 18%
Major industries: agriculture, viniculture, food processing
Major trading partners: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Romania, Germany
Member of EU: no

Facts for the Traveler

Visas: All Western visitors require a visa. To get a visa everyone except US, Canadian, Israeli and EU-member citizens require an invitation or proof of prebooked accommodation from a company or organisation. Visitors are required to register their passport at the police registration offices within 3 days of arrival.
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ((+3 in summer))
Dialling Code: 373
Electricity: 220V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

When to Go

Moldova has very few culturally specific festivals or calendar highlights, and usually a trip there is combined with a trip to neighbouring Romania. It's worth taking this into consideration when deciding when to go, but as a general rule the best time to visit is September or October. May through to August can also be pleasant, although you run the risk of a snow flurry or two and low temperatures early in the season.

Events

There are very few ritual events celebrated in Moldova, mostly because the republic is still in its infancy and is experiencing painful teething problems. It's hardly had time to clear away the rubble from all the old Lenin statues, let alone organise feasts, fetes and fiestas. The one truly Moldovan event is Independence Day, celebrated on 27 August. For the residents of Transdniestr this is like waving a red rag at a bull, and celebrations are usually boycotted by those living east of the Dniestr River.

Further Reading
  • Studies in Moldovan: The History, Culture, Language and Contemporary Politics of the People of Moldova, edited by Donald Leroy Dyer, is pretty self-explanatory.
  • If you want a comprehensive analysis of all the confusing ins-and-outs of the country's history try Belarus & Moldova Country Studies, part of the Area Handbook Series edited by Helen Fodor.
  • Romania after Tyranny, edited by David Nelson, focuses on current relations between Romania and Moldova.
  • The intriguingly titled Engleza de gata - Off-Pegged English by Violeta Wastasescu and Fuluia Turu is a pocket-sized phrase book for easier travelling.
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