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10 Funny Facts About Moldova You'll Love To See

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MallDova shopping center in Chișinău

Moldova is one of the former soviet republics of Eastern Europe. The country has a terrain of forests, rocky hills, and beautiful vineyards. Moldova shares lots of cultural and linguistic roots with Romania, her neighbor. Here are ten other facts about Moldova which many would find funny.

Population: 3.559 million (2013) World Bank

Capital: Chișinău

Currency: Moldovan leu

President: Nicolae Timofti

Prime Minister: Pavel Filip

Continent: Europe

System of Government: Unitary Parliamentary Republic

Official Language: Romanian

Funny Facts About Moldova

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1. NATIONAL SYMBOL

Their most important national symbol is their language.  Strangely, no one can say how the language should be labeled: Romanian or Moldovan.

2. SCORE SELF HIGH

They associate 3 important values with themselves; namely Hospitality, Diligence, and Peacefulness.

3. FRIENDLIER VILLAGERS

People in the villages are more likely to greet total strangers than people in the cities.

4. MUCH-LOVED NATIONAL DISH

National dish is called Mamaliga.  And there is a popular joke that a Moldovan would be unhappy to miss even if it is for just a day in a week.

5. DEAD USUALLY REMEMBERED

Remembrances of dead loved ones are marked with much eating and boozing right at the graveyard!

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6. VALUABLE GOSSIPS

Government relies on hearsay and gossips to deal with social vices in villages. They claim the accuracy of rumors are high in villages as anonymity is far less.

7. ONE NIGHT ELOPEMENT

By custom, when a couple decide to get married, the girl goes to stay overnight at the boy's home. Next day parents of the boy go to inform the parents of the girl. Then both parents fix a day to meet and deliberate.

8. PARENTAL CARE

Ultimogeniture is generally recognized rule. By this, the last male and his family lives with parents; then inherits the furniture in the household when they expire.

9. INHERITED GOD-PARENTHOOD

God-parenthood is inherited from generation to generation.  If you are the godfather of a man, by this inheritance, your son becomes the godfather of his son.

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10. DRINKING AS AN HONOR

You must drink at least a symbolic quantity of wine at an occasion to honor your host and toast to his health.

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