Country - Moldova
Moldova Country Information
Moldova is one of the least visited countries by tourists in Europe. In spite of being on low profile, the country has its own special features to arouse a minor shade of curiosity in wanderlusts.
Moldova is a small country sandwiched between two bigger nations Romania in the southwest and Ukraine in the northeast. Most of Moldovans speak Romanian which is treated as the native language, although Russian too is spoken widely in the country. There is one more dialect, Gagauz which was once quite common in the region is presently on the verge of vanishing.
Chisinau is the capital city of Moldova. Non-accessibility of its people to sea is compensated by a lake in Chisinau which was an inspiration to the present-day manmade beach. In a gesture of compromise, Moldova had to cede a six hundred metre stretch of Danube river to Ukraine in order to seek access to Black Sea.
Moldova has an inherent tempting reason for fancy bird-lovers or serious ornithologists as the country is home to more than three hundred different species of birds. While the region is a permanent abode for certain species of birds through the entire year, some arrive for breeding purposes and some use the place as a transit sojourn during their seasonal inter-continental flights for moving away from hostile climates to more hospitable vegetations and natural water reservoirs.
The insignia of Moldovan national flag is marked by the head of an auroch, the extinct large-horned wild ox which had heydays in the yore in the country. The national main football stadium is named after the Romanian equivalent Zimbru for bison.
Moldova has gained an embarrassing distinction of being one of the poorest countries of Europe. This comes as an advantage for international tourists by way of low cost of living/staying. Roaming around in any part of Moldova is ridiculously cheap. In contradiction to its macro-level poverty, one can notice sporadic sightings of weirdly constructed buildings to show off opulence of a few wealthy individuals.
Notwithstanding the ban imposed on wine by Russia, the biggest importer of as much as 90% of total produce, Moldova continues to be among the top twenty wine producers in the world as per the records of 2014.
Defying the general global perception, Moldova can boast of magnificent historical monuments/monasteries built 2000 years ago. The dilapidated remains of ancient edifices still manage to garner significance of cultural heritage.