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Location: Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania

Country Name: Republic of Moldova (short: Moldova)

Capital City: Chisinau (Kishinev)

Independence: August 27, 1991 (from Soviet Union)

Languages: Moldovan (the only official language, virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect), Bulgarian

Official Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL)

Religions: Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5% (2000)

Population: 4,320,748 (July 2010 est.)
Ethnic groups: Moldovan/Romanian 78.2%, Ukrainian 8.4%, Russian 5.8%, Gagauz 4.4%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 1.3% (2004 census)

Land Area: 33,371 sq km

Land Boundaries: Romania and Ukraine

International Country Telephone Code: 373

Internet Country Code: .md

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