Year Founded: 1991
Moldova is an inland country in Eastern Europe, shaped like a miniature Italy (including the angle). Originally a constituent of the Soviet Union, it established independence in 1991, following the crumbling of the East Bloc in Eastern Europe. The national economy is built on agriculture and wine production with a very limited industrial foundation. It has had long standing internal political turmoil with a fierce debate over whether to be pro-Europe or pro-Russia. With a GDP per capita of less than 5,000 USD, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe and ranks at the bottom in Europe on the Human Development Index. Transnistria, which borders it on the east, is under de facto occupation by Russia, but internationally is still considered Moldovan territory. Moldova does not recognize the Taiwan passport, so getting in the country can be difficult.