Renowned as the annual host for Moldova National Wine Day and Wine Festival during the first weekend of October which commemorate its country’s long tradition of winemaking, Chisinau also serves as the Republic of Moldova’s capital city.
Under the old Soviet Union, Chinisau was formerly called Kishinyov.
Moldova is a landlocked nation and one of Eastern Europe’s smallest countries in terms of land mass. Besides being the national capital, centrally located Chisinau is Moldova’s largest transportation hub and wealthiest business environment generating about 60% of the country’s total economic output.
Moldova exported US$2 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Moldovan exports include insulated wire or cable, sunflower seeds, wine and wheat according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Chisinau, Moldova: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Memorial Park, Pushkin Museum, Art Market, National Library, Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedral and the Presidential Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Chisinau, Moldova:
- Arsenie Todiras, pop singer (born Jul. 22, 1983)
- Sasha Lopez, DJ & music producer (born Oct. 17, 1980)
- Dorian Boguta, actor & director (born Apr. 24, 1971)
- Nicoleta Nuca, pop singer (born Jan. 26, 1994)
- Elena Porosniuc, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 22, 1987)
- Cristina Iovu, Olympic weightlifting medalist (born Nov. 8, 1992)
- Oleg Mutu, cinematographer & producer (born Jul. 22, 1972)
- Vasco Tataru, YouTube star (born Mar. 5, 1998)
- Andrew Rayel, DJ & record producer (born Jul. 21, 1992)
- Lilia Stepanova, contortionist (born Jul. 29, 1987)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Moldova resident: Moldovan
Population: 730,000 (Municipality of Chisinau)
Density: 18,250 people per square mile (7,046 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,510,485 (Moldova)
Density: 12,699 people per square mile (32,891 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$17.79 billion in 2015 (for Moldova, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $5,000
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Chisinau were unavailable.
Official currency used in Chisinau: Moldovan leu
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 10, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on January 10, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 10, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 10, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Chisinau City Hall. Accessed on January 10, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Moldova, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 10, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 10, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Chisinau. Accessed on January 10, 2017
Wikipedia, Moldova. Accessed on January 10, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on January 10, 2017
The Municipality of Chisinau, which encompasses Chisinau city limits plus nearby communities, occupies a land area measuring 40 square miles (104 square kilometers). This built-up urban area had an estimated population of 730,000 residents in 2015.
At the country level, there were approximately 3.5 million Moldovans as of July 2016 living over 12,699 square miles (32,891 square kilometers).
Population density is much higher within Moldova’s capital city with an average 18,300 residents per square mile (7,000 per square kilometer).
Within Moldovan national borders, density drops dramatically to 276 inhabitants per square mile (107 per square kilometer).
Moldovans celebrate Independence Day each August 27.