- General Info
Area: 33 800 km² (13 050 miles²)
Capital: Chisinau (Kishinev). Population: 662 200
Population: 4.3 million
Currency: Leu (MDL) = 100 bani
Government: Republic since 1991. Gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Tipping: 5 to 10% will be gladly accepted.
Time zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
Moldova: Social customs
Dress should be casual but conservative. For official engagements, men should wear a jacket and tie. The country is famous for its tradition of folk arts and there are many lively musical groups (Tarafs),Read more which play a variety of rare folk instruments including the tsambal (not unlike a dulcimer), cimpoi (bagpipe), fluier and nai.
Moldova: Food and local specialties
There are plenty of small restaurants and coffee shops. The service tends to be slow, but the cuisine is delicious. The national specialties are: Mititeyi (small grilled sausages with onion and pepper).Read more Mamaliga (thick, sticky maize pie) which is served with brinza (feta cheese). Tocana (pork stew) should be tried with sweet-and-sour watermelons and apples. There are more than 100 varieties of excellent wines produced in Moldova. White wines include Aligote, Riesling and Sauvignon. Moldovan Cabernet and Merlot are noteworthy reds. Doina or Nistru brandy is an ideal accompaniment with desserts.