CapitalChişinău (716.000 in 2004)
1 Euro = 17.464 Leu
1 Leu = 0.058 Euro
LanguageMoldavian (Rumanian) and Russian.
ReligionOrthodox and Catholic.
Entry requirementsPassport is required, with a residual validity of 6 at least months. Visa is not necessary for tourist purposes. It is advisable to bring the international driving licence and Green Card.
Travelling with petsSmall sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with an international travel certificate and animal passport (in force since 2004). Also, they must have the identification microchip or tattoo.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures are insufficient and not well equipped, although they can count on skilled paramedic personnel. Medicaments are not always available. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to drink only bottled mineral water. General safety in the country is unsteady. Better avoid the region of Trans-Dniester and use caution when travelling along the borders and out of big city centres.
ClimateThe climate in Moldavia is continental, and it is strongly affected by the proximity of the Black Sea. Winters are not too cold, with the exception of the northern part of the country, where temperatures can go down to 20° degrees below zero. Summers are quite hot, with average daily temperatures over 20°C.
Form of governmentIndependent from the Soviet Union since 25th December 1991, Moldavia is a parliamentary republic.
EconomyAgriculture and food industry are the key sectors of the economy. The main cultivations are wheat, corn, oats, tobacco, sugar beet, soya, barley, sunflowers, nuts, apples and fruit. Both animal breeding and processing of milk products are good developed. Beekeeping is also practiced. Beside food industry there are also textile, steel and chemical industries. The tertiary currently employs 60% of the workforce. Though it is still weak, it represents a promising sector.
ElectricityVoltage: 220 V, frequency 50 Hz. Both the European two-poles plug and the German type are in use. It is always advisable to bring plug adapters.
Post offices, banks and telephonesPost offices are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 20 pm. Banks are generally open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 15 pm.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent.
Country code: 00373
Useful numbers:<br/> Emergency number: 903
Hospital for emergencies: 235285
Telephone information office: 00373/22/22.22.22
Police: 902 or 542063
Telephone telegrams: 1699