About Moldova

SHORT FACT LIST

Capital City: Chisinau
Independence: 27 August 1991 (from USSR)
Languages: Romanian, Russian
Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL)
Religion: Orthodox
Population: 3,560,400
Area: 33,846 km2
Calling Code: 373
Internet TLD: .md
Local time: GMT +2 hours

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

1 January – New Year
7 January – Christmas
8 March – International Woman’s Day
April/May – Easter
1 May – Labor Day
9 May – Europe Day
27 August – Independence Day
31 August – Language Day
During October – Wine Day

NATIONAL FOOD & BEVERAGE

Traditional Moldavian cuisine is very delicious. It has many similarities with Romanian cuisine with influences from Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian cuisine. The most popular traditional dishes are: Mamaliga (hominy) with pork stew and branza (Moldovan chees made of sheep milk, usually salty), Placinte ( kind of pies stuffed with branza or potatoes or cabbage), Sarmale ( meat, vegetables and rice rolled in cabbage leaves), Zeama de casa (traditional chicken soup), Racitura (jellied meat). According to the Moldavian tradition, any food should be served with a glass of wine. Moldova can proudly offers to its tourists a large variety of wines such as Purcari, Chateau Vartely, Fautor, Et Cetera, Cricova, Equinox etc.


TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS:

Monasteries: Hancu, Capriana, Saharna, Tipova.
Wine Cellars: Milestii Mici, Cricova, Purcari, Chateau Vartely.
Fortresses: Orheiul Vechi, Soroca.