Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe, located between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and south. It declared its independence with the same borders as the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova in 1991, as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. However, a strip of the internationally recognized Moldovan territory, located on the eastern bank of the Dniester River, is under the control of the Transnistrian separatist government since 1992.

The population of Moldova reaches 4.4 million (2017) and is decreasing at a rate of 0.12% per year. The majority of the population are Moldovans (71.5%), followed by smaller groups of Ukrainians (11,%); Russians (9.4%); Romanians (2.2%). It is a State without official religion, although more than 70% of the population is attached to the Romanian Orthodox Church, which is independent of the Eastern Orthodox. Moldova is considered by many specialists as the poorest country in Europe.

Housing block in Bălți, Moldova.

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A man walking on the snow in Bălți during the Siberian Cold Wave, which registered temperatures of -22º.

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Ice skating rink in Bălți, the second largest city in Moldova after the capital Chisináu. It is an important industrial, cultural and commercial hub.


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Residential buildings from the Soviet era in Chisináu, Moldova.

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A woman waits for the bus in Chisináu, Moldova.

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Man in a trolley bus in Chisinau, Moldova.

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The Triumphal Arch is a monument located in Central Chisináu.

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The Cathedral of Christ's Nativity  is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chisináu, Moldova.

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Marina Panova, 54 years old. She is from Yekaterinburg, Russia. She has been living in Moldova for 4 years. Russians are the 9,4% of the Moldovan population. Russian is the second language of the country. She moved to Chisináu after the Crimea war, she chose a country where she could keep her Russian culture. Today she invited two of her friends to prepare Pelmeni, a typical Russian dish. 

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Marina's friends making typical Russian Pelmeni.

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Marina carrying a tray of Pelmeni.

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Marina Panova, Russian living in Chisináu, Moldova.

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The Russians declare to be mostly Orthodox Christians. Here we have the small religious corner of Marina.

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