The Republic of Moldova is unheard of to most unless they utilize a quick Google search. However, as an ambassador of the United States it is my pleasure to introduce you to the small country that is favorably situated in the Southeast part of Europe. Neighbored by Romania and Ukraine, this country is rich in history and traditions. The landlocked nation declared independence in 1918, after it was able to separate itself from the Moldova Principality. Prior to this date, it had been named Basarabia when acquired by the Czarist Russia. After decades of hardship and negotiation, Moldova was able to proclaim its’ sovereignty in June 1990, and its State Independence in August 1991. The United Nations granted Moldova membership in March of 2002.
Approximately 4,265,000 people call Moldova home, mostly in the main cities of Chisinau (the capital), Balti, Tighina, and Tiraspol. The winters are moderate – against European standards – and the summers are warm. The small nation compares closest to Maryland in size and has an abundance of natural resources and highly touted soils. The national currency is Moldovan Leu (12 lei ~ 1 USD). While Romanian is the official language spoken, “Moldovan” is technically utilized most commonly but is mostly just “slang” Romanian. The Soviet influence is still quite prevalent but Moldova continuously looks to achieve its originality.