Republic of Moldova
National anthem of Moldova
("Our Language") has been since 1994 the national anthem of the Republic of Moldova. Before that, its official anthem was Deşteaptă-te, române!, which is also the national anthem of Romania. Albeit being in Romanian, the poem makes no reference to the Romanian or Moldovan designation. It does however make reference to the previously used Romanian national anthem when referring to a "Sleep of Death".
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Map of Moldova
Basic information on Moldova
Formerly part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.
||Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania
||4,320,490 (July 2007 est.)
||same color scheme as Romania - 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