Description flag of Moldova
three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow and red; emblem in center of flag is of a Roman eagle of gold outlined in black with a red beak and talons carrying a yellow cross in its beak and a green olive branch in its right talons and a yellow scepter in its left talons; on its breast is a shield divided horizontally red over blue with a stylized ox head, star, rose, and crescent all in black-outlined yellow; same color scheme as Romania
Republica Moldova (long)
Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic
Moldovan(s) (noun) Moldova (adjective)
Moldovan (official, virtually the same as the Romanian language), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect)
4,324,450 ranked 124, (data 2008)
well endowed with various sedimentary rocks and minerals including sand, gravel, gypsum, and limestone. The lowest point is Dniester River 2 m.
1,390km, Romania 450 km, Ukraine 940 km.
32 raions (raioane, singular - raionul), 3 municipalities (municipiul), 1 autonomous territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala autonoma), and 1 territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala)
raions: Anenii Noi, Basarabeasca, Briceni, Cahul, Cantemir, Calarasi, Causeni, Cimislia, Criuleni, Donduseni, Drochia, Dubasari, Edinet, Falesti, Floresti, Glodeni, Hincesti, Ialoveni, Leova, Nisporeni, Ocnita, Orhei, Rezina, Riscani, Singerei, Soldanesti, Soroca, Stefan-Voda, Straseni, Taraclia, Telenesti, Ungheni; municipalities: Balti, Bender, Chisinau; autonomous territorial unit: Gagauzia; territorial unit: Stinga Nistrului (Transnistria)
27 August 1991 (from Soviet Union)