Updated 2016 Congratulations! Just by making it to this page you know more about Moldova than 99% of the people in this world. To say that Moldova is an obscurity to most people is an understatement. The former Soviet Republic - wedged in between Ukraine and Romania like a piece of corn stuck in your teeth - doesn't see too many tourists. If you do make it to Moldova, you will visit a land that most people have never heard of, let alone even thought of visiting. Moldova is a poor country, the poorest in Europe. If you leave the capital Chisinau and go to the rural villages you will be transported back in time. People still get around by riding in carts pulled by oxen. This isn't to say that Moldova is a backwards place. Its cities are like most in the former Soviet sphere. There are wide avenues, sterile parks and apartment buildings that you can't tell whether they are in the process of being built or if they are in the process of falling apart. People in Moldova largely speak Moldovan (Romanian) but in the biggest cities and in the breakaway region in the east there are a number of Russian speakers. No matter the language, you will undoubtedly enjoy the Moldovan wine. It was the wine capital of the former Soviet Union and for a buck or two you can consume large quantities of the stuff. Some of it is quite good. Start with: Moldova Travel Facts.