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Interesting Facts about moldova
  • The official name of Moldovia is Republica Moldova, translated as the Republic of Moldova.  It is also known as Moldovia
  • Etymology.  Moldova was named for the nearby Moldova River. The origin of the name is not clear but one theory is that Prince Dragos named the river after his dog Molda. Molda is reported to have drowned in it after an exhausted hunt.
  • Language. The language spoken in Moldova was exactly the same as Romanian until 1359 when it was separated from the Wallachia and Transylvania regions. At that point the Moldavians developed their own variation of the Romanian language, marking the first separation of the two languages. Some Russian influence became embedded during the Soviet period - changing the official language to Russian, then to Romanian with the cyrillic alphabet, and back to Romanian using the latin alphabet.  Ukrainian and Gagauz are recognized minority languages.
  • History. Moldova has a long and complicated history. It has been a part of Romania, Russia, and has been occupied and claimed by several different countries. It only became a seperate country from Romania during the reign of Stefan "the Great" in the mid 1400s. 

  • Capitol.  Chisinau (pronounced “Kishi-now”,) is the capital and the largest city of Moldova. Located in the middle of the country, on the river Bîc, Chisinau is the main industrial and commercial center of the country. 
  • Wine.   Moldova is known throughout the world for its wine.  It is a very old tradition and they are known for having the largest cellars in the world.  There are many old legends in Moldova that center around the history of wine.  The country is even shaped like a grape cluster.  Moldovans reportedly drink more alcohol than anyone else in the world.  In 2005 The Guinness Book of World Records deemed Milestii Mici the world’s largest collection of wine.
  • History.  Moldova has seen a number of conquerors, rulers and kingdoms vie or its strategic position between the Dniester and Prut Rivers.  It was once a part of the Romanian national state, and was also a vassal state to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Jewish Population. Europe’s Largest Jewish Cemetery Is In Chisinau. Jewish names appear in ancient documents of the first princesof the Moldavian principality in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. During the nineteenth century, the Jewish population of the territory between the rivers Prut and Dniester (then Bessarabia) increased greatly; by the end of that century, it reached 230,000 people. During the years of German occupation, the Jewish population was completely banished from the territory of Bessarabia. More than 100,000 Jews from Bessarabia perished during World War II and the Holocaust.
  • Transnistria.  Just on the other side of the Dniester River, this aresa is officially part of Moldova but declared its independence in 1990. It is not officially recognized by any country in the United Nations (UN) and since the end of the War of Transnistria in 1992, has held a de facto independent status. Travelers can visit Transnistria from Moldova but need a passport to cross the border. Although Moldova has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting a Transnistrian separatist region composed of a Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians), but with a sizeable ethnic Moldovan minority.
  • Food.  Moldovian cuisine has been influenced over time by the Greeks, Turks, Jews, Germans, Russians, and Ukrainians.  Common ingredients include fruits (grapes, apples, plums, cherries, apricots, quince), vegetables (squash, eggplant, celery, beans, peppers, tomatoes, lentils, radishes, onions, and lots of garlic), spices and herbs (savory, black pepper, cloves, tarragon), goat cheese, lamb and mutton, and poultry. And, of course, wine. 



Statistics for moldova



About 3,583,288 (2014 est.)


Life expectancy at birth:

Total Population: 79.12 years 

Male: 66.25 years
Female: 74.24 years (2014 est.)


Total fertility rate:


1.56 children born/woman (2014 est.)


Moldovan 75.8%

Ukrainian 8.4%

Russian 5.9%

Gagauz 4.4%

Romanian 2.2%

Bulgarian 1.9%

other 1%

unspecified 0.4% (2004 est.)



Orthodox 93.3%

Baptist 1%

other Christian 1.2%

other 0.9%

atheist 0.4%

none 1%

unspecified 2.2% (2004 est.)


GDP - per capita (PPP):


$4,973 (2015 est.) 


Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total Population: 99%
Male: 99.5% 
Female: 98.5% (2011 est)


School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):

Total: 12 years
Male: 12 years
Female: 12 years (2012)





Adoption Facts about moldova



After closing in 2001, the Moldova adoption program has reopened. Moldova is considered one of the poorest European nations, and many children are orphaned due to illness and poverty.






INTER-COUNTRY Adoption PROGRAM in moldova



Ages of children: 1-8 years, but realistically do not expect a child of less than 2 years old.


Hague Convention country:  Yes.


Timeline: Moldova has only recently (since 2010) begun setting up their international adoption program under the Hague Convention so timelines are only estimates, and could take much longer than anticipated.  It is estimated by the Moldovian government that dossier to referral should take about 1 year, and from referral to travel should take about 2-4 weeks.  There is, however, a yearly quota of number of families that may adopt internationally that may affect an individual family's timeline.


Ethnicity of Children: Moldovian and  children of Roma (gypsy) heritage.


Gender of Children: Boys and girls


Special Needs: All children available for inter-country adoption from Moldova are classified as having "special needs".


Siblings: Available 


Singles: Single women are allowed to adopt. Unmarried couples are not allowed to adopt.


Parent Qualifications: Parents must be over 25, and one parent must be under 50-years-old at adoption completion.  You may have up to four children living at home at the time of your adoption.


Travel: 2 trips required – 1st trip estimated 2 weeks, 2nd trip estimated 16 days. (Moldova requires a parent-child visitation and adjustment period of a total of 30 days, not necessarily consecutive or with both parents present all the time. Due to legislative and procedural changes, timing listed may be subject to change.)


Post Placement Registration:  You must register your child at the Moldova Embassy in the U.S. within 30 days of your arrival home.


Post Placement Reports and Supervision: Post-adoption reports with photos of the child are required for up to three years after the adoption. One final report is submitted at the fifth year. 




We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the government of the country you are adopting from and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.  


If your agency is unable to help you with this, or no longer has an active program, it is suggested that you enlist the assistance of another agency that is able to help you complete the post-placement reports.  If all else fails, filing the report directly with the embassy or Minister of Education of the country adopted from may be acceptable.


In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:

  1. Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report 
  2. Translate report with a Certified Translator. 
  3. Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
  4. Include 5 pictures
  5. Suggested Sample form 
  6. Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the Minister of Education in the country or region of adoption. 

click here for more Information on Post-Placement Reports in general 






Helpful Links


Resources below are presented for information purposes only. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC group, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the following.




Moldova Adoptions (U.S. Department of State)  

Moldova: New Rules for Child Adoption (Library of Congress)

Moldova (Wikipedia)

Moldova (CIA Factbook)

Moldova (Info Please) 

World of Moldova

Republic of Moldova Official Website  

FRUA INC Facebook Page


Karen's Adoption Links

InterCountry Adoption Service Provider Search

International Adoptive Medical Clinics & Physicians

Child Welfare Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Hague Accreditation and Approval

Post Adoption (US Department of State)

Intercountry Adoption (US Department of State)

PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform)


 There may also be other online parent support groups, lists and forums related to adoption from this country on Yahoo GroupsFacebook, the EEACAdoptive FamilesAdoption Services Support Groups, and





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