Wikipedia Coffee Break 9 Mar 2008: Transnistria

Inspiration from Strange Maps blog: 253 – Germany Surrounded by Switzerland. The town of Büsingen am Hochrhein is one of two foreign enclaves enclosed within the territory of Switzerland. (The other is Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave in southern Switzerland.)

  1. Start, Büsingen am Hochrhein: Since the early 19th century the exclave has been separated from the rest of Germany by a narrow strip of land which is less than 1 km at its narrowest and contains the Swiss settlement of Dörflingen.
  2. Exclave. Land ceded to a foreign country… About 24 m2 of land that surrounds the Suvorov memorial near Göschenen in central Switzerland, ceded to Russia.
  3. Alexander Suvorov. Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Суво́ров), Count Suvorov of Rymnik, Prince of Italy, Count of Holy Roman Empire (граф Рымникский, князь Италийский) (November 24, 1729 – May 18, 1800), was the fourth and last Russian Generalissimo… Suvorov founded Tiraspol, today the capital city of Transnistria, in 1792.
  4. Transnistria. Transnistria, also known as Trans-Dniester, Transdniestria and Pridnestrovie (full name: Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic), is a breakaway republic within the internationally recognised borders of Moldova.

Prior to this, I had no idea that Transnistria existed.

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