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The Geography of the Republic of Moldova

Many people in the West have never heard about Moldova, others think it's in Africa or South-East Asia. Well, I've got some news for them - it's right here, in Europe. To be more precise, Moldova is situated (some say 'squeezed') between Ukraine and Romania, to the North-West from the Black sea, and is just a few miles away from Danube (map can be seen here).

In terms of terrain diversity, Moldova can't boast any mountains (the highest point is about 430 metres above sea level, and even less above the ground level), picturesque lakes, canyons, deserts, beaches etc. It is a hilly country with a few (probably too few) forests (the Codru reservations), vineyards, crops fields, villages in the valleys, and rivers. Nothing special to read about. But you might just enjoy it all when you see it for yourself, don't just take my word for it.

Natural resources are even less varied, the main of them being:

The climate is mild continental, with generally dry summers and mild winters. But sometimes we have a sort of a rainy season when it rains for days, even weeks. This is not very common, but in the past (the last decade or so) there have been several times when floods caused by torrential rains partly destroyed some villages and killed people (mainly because many villages are situated in valleys and all the water coming down from surrounding hills gained strong momentum).

The capital of Moldova is called Chisinau (pronounced [Kih - shih - neh - w], emphasis on the [neh]) with a population of about 810 000 people (total population of the country is about 4 million people). The ethnic composition includes Moldovans, Russians, Ukrainians, Jews, the Gagauz people (descendants of Turks), Bulgarians and others.