Thursday 29, September 2005, Local time in Moldova
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33,800 sq km (13,050 sq miles).
3,606,800 (official estimate 2004).
106.7 per sq km.
Population: 662,200 (official estimate 2004).
Republic since 1991. Gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Head of State: President Vladimir Voronin since 2001.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev since 2001.
The Constitution of 1994 described the official language as ‘Moldovan’ although it is considered to be virtually identical to Romanian. In 1940, after Soviet annexation, the Cyrillic script was introduced and was referred to as Moldavian up until 1989 when the Latin alphabet was reintroduced. Russian is still the most widely spoken language. The ethnic and linguistic make-up of Moldova is as follows: Moldovans 64.5 per cent, Ukrainians 13.8 per cent, Russians 13.0 per cent, Gagauz 3.5 per cent, Bulgarians 1.5 per cent, others 3.7 per cent.
Mostly Eastern Orthodox Christian and other Christian denominations. A small amount of the population are Jewish.
GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
220 volts AC, 50Hz.
IDD is available to major towns. Country code: 373. For outgoing international calls: dial 0, wait for tone, then dial 0 and the country code. There are two types of payphone: Soviet ones (taking tokens) and modern ones (taking cards).
GSM 900 networks in use. Roaming agreements in operation. Coverage extends over the central area of the country.
Major commercial ISPs include Moldovan ISP Dynamic Network Technologies, MegaDat, MoldTelecom
All mail to and from Moldova may be subject to long delays. The postal and telecommunication systems are being modernized. The main post office is at 73 Stefan cel Mare boulevard, 277012 Chisinau. Post office hours: Mon-Sun 0900-2000. There are express mail services in Chisinau.
The press is generally uncensored. There are more than a dozen daily newspapers in Moldova, the most popular being Moldova Suverana published in Romanian. Other main papers include Dnestrovskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Moldova (published in Russian), Trudovoi Tiraspol and Viata Satului. English-language publications can sometimes be found at major hotels in Chisinau. Western press deliveries are erratic.
BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most up-to-date can be found online. Services in Romanian, Russian and English are also available on 68.48MHz (0600-0800 and 1800-2200 local time).
There are few special events celebrated in Moldova. The following is a selection of special events occurring in Moldova in 2005; for a complete listing, contact the National Tourism Agency (see General Info section):
Feb-Mar: International Specialised Exhibition of Sports, Leisure and Tourism.
Aug 27: Independence Day.
Oct 13-14: Wine Festival.
Country dialing code
National Tourism Agency
180 Stefan cel Mare Street, Office 901, Chisinau MD 2004, Moldova
Tel: (22) 210 774. Fax: (22) 232 626.
Embassy of the Republic of Moldova
5 Dolphin Square, Edensor Road, London W4 2ST, UK
Tel: (020) 8995 6818. Fax: (020) 8995 6927.
The British Embassy in Bucharest deals with enquiries relating to Moldova (see Romania section).
Embassy of the Republic of Moldova
2101 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 667 1130 or 1137 (ext. 15 for consular section). Fax: (202) 667 1204.
Embassy of the United States of America
103 Mateevici Street, 2009 Chisinau, Moldova
Tel: (22) 408 300. Fax: (22) 233 044 or 226 361.
E-mail: ChisinauCA@state.gov (consular section).
The Canadian Embassy in Bucharest deals with enquiries relating to Moldova (see Romania section).
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