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Criva, in Moldova has one of the largest caves in the world; its underground path is the eighth longest in the world, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in the year 2001, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, Moldova became a part of the Russian Empire, under the name of Bessarabia, in the year 1812 and it joined Romania after Russian empire was dissolved in 1917-18

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Latitude and Longitude 47º 30' N, 28º 30' E
Area 34000 km2
Capital Chisinau (Kishinev)
Time Zone UTC+2
Official Name Republic of Moldova
Currency Moldovan Leu (MDL)
Government Republic
Legislature Unicameral
Population 4324450
Independence Date 08/27/91
International Dialing Code 373
ISO Code alpha-3 MD
ISO Code alpha-2 MDA
GDP per Capita (PPP) $2,300.00
Climate Type Temperate
Major Language(s) Gagauz, Moldovan (official), Russian
Major Ethnic Groups Gagauz, Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian
Major Religious Groups Christian (Eastern Orthodox)
Administrative Divisions 32 Raions (raioane), 3 Municipalities (municipiul), 1 Autonomous territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala autonoma), and 1 Territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala)
Neighbouring Countries Romania, Ukraine
Major Industries Sugar, Food processing, Agricultural machinery, Foundary equipment, Electronic appliances, Footwear, Textile, Vegetable oil
Natural Resources Gypsum, Lignite, Limestone, Phosphorites, Cultivable land