Moldova's climate is
moderately continental: the summers are warm and long, with temperatures
averaging about 20 C (68 F), and the winters are relatively mild and
dry, with January temperatures averaging −4 C (24.8 F). Annual rainfall,
which ranges from around 600 millimeters (23.6 in).
The Constitution of 1994
states that the national language of the Republic of Moldova is
Moldovan, and its writing is based on the Latin alphabet. The 1991
Declaration of Independence names the official language
Romanian. The 1989 State Language Law speaks of a Moldo-Romanian
The leu is the currency of Moldova. Like the Romanian leu, the Moldovan
leu (pl. lei) is subdivided into 100 bani (singular: ban). The name of
the currency originates in Romania and means "lion".
Moldova has a population of about 4 440 000. Although it is the most
densely populated (132 person per sq km) of the former Soviet Republics
it has very few large cities, the most valuable of which is Chisinau,
the capital of the Republic.
Chisinau is the capital of Moldova. It is the largest city of the
country and its political, administrative, economical and cultural