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A hotel in Chișinău is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Chișinău hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Chișinău are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Chișinău hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Chișinău hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Chișinău have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Chișinău
An upscale full service hotel facility in Chișinău that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Chișinău hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Chișinău are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Chișinău boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Chișinău may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Chișinău travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Chișinău focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Chișinău hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Chișinău traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Chișinău hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Chișinău is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Chișinău bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Chișinău B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Chișinău
Chișinău hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Chișinău hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Chișinău
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Chișinău hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Chișinău lack an on-site restaurant.

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Chișinău timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Chișinău often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Chișinău on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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Flag of Chișinău
Official seal of Chișinău
Chișinău is located in Moldova
Location of Chișinău in Moldova
Coordinates:  / 47.00000; 28.91667
Country Moldova
First written mention 1436
• Mayor Dorin Chirtoacă
• City 123 km (47 sq mi)
• Metro 563.3 km (217.5 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2014 census)
• City 492,894
• Density 4,007/km (10,380/sq mi)
• Metro 736,100
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code MD-20xx
Area code(s) +373-22
ISO 3166 code MD-CU
Website www.chisinau.md
As the estimated population of the Municipality of Chișinău (which comprises the city of Chișinău and 34 other suburban localities)

 / 47.000; 28.917

View of Chișinău city from orbit.

Chișinău (/ˌkɪʃɪˈn/; Romanian: [kiʃiˈnəw], also known as Kishinev (Russian: Кишинёв, tr. Kishinyov), is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. The city is Moldova's main industrial and commercial center, and is located in the middle of the country, on the river Bîc. According to the preliminary results of the 2014 census, the city of Chișinău is home to 492,894 residents. The estimated number of resident population in the Municipality of Chișinău (which includes other nearby communities), as of 1 January 2015, is 736,100.

Chișinău is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova and its largest transportation hub.

Chișinău: Etymology and names

The origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.

The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Its Hungarian name is Kisjenő, from which the Romanian name originates. Kisjenő comes from kis "small" and the "Jenő", one of the seven Hungarian tribes that entered the Carpathian Basin in 896. At least 24 other settlements are named after the "Jenő" tribe.

Chișinău is known in Russian as Кишинёв (Kishinyov [kʲiʃɨˈnʲɔf]]). It is written Kişinöv in the Latin Gagauz alphabet. It was also written as "Chișineu" in pre-20th-century Romanian and as "Кишинэу" in the Moldovan Cyrillic alphabet. Historically, the English language name for the city, "Kishinev", was based on the modified Russian one because it entered the English language via Russian at the time Chișinău was part of the Russian Empire (e.g. Kishinev pogrom). Therefore, it remains a common English name in some historical contexts. Otherwise, the Romanian-based "Chișinău" has been steadily gaining wider currency, especially in written language. The city is also historically referred to as German: Kischinau, Polish: Kiszyniów, Ukrainian: Кишинів, or Yiddish: Keshenev קעשענעװ‎.

Chișinău: History

Chișinău: Moldavian period

Founded in 1436 as a monastery village, the city was part of the Principality of Moldavia (which, starting with the 16th century fell under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire). At the beginning of the 19th century Chișinău was a small town of 7,000 inhabitants.

In 1812, in the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War (1806–1812), the eastern half of Moldavia was ceded to the Russian Empire and Chișinău became the capital of the newly annexed oblast of Bessarabia.

Chișinău: Imperial period

Chișinău, 1889

By 1834, an imperial townscape with broad and long roads had emerged as a result of a generous development plan, which divided Chișinău roughly into two areas: the old part of the town - with its irregular building structures - and a newer city center and station. Between 26 May 1830 and 13 October 1836 the architect Avraam Melnikov established the Catedrala Nașterea Domnului with a magnificent bell tower. In 1840 the building of the Triumphal arch, planned by the architect Luca Zaushkevich, was completed. Following this the construction of numerous buildings and landmarks began.

On 28 August 1871, Chișinău was linked by rail with Tiraspol, and in 1873 with Cornești. Chișinău-Ungheni-Iași railway was opened on 1 June 1875 in preparation for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). The town played an important part in the war between Russia and Ottoman Empire, as the main staging area of the Russian invasion. During the Belle Époque, the mayor of the city was Carol Schmidt, considered one of Chisinau's best mayors. Its population had grown to 92,000 by 1862, and to 125,787 by 1900.

Chișinău: Pogroms and pre-revolution

In the late 19th century, especially due to growing anti-Semitic sentiment in the Russian Empire and better economic conditions, many Jews chose to settle in Chișinău. By the year 1900, 43% of the population of Chișinău was Jewish - one of the highest numbers in Europe.

A large anti-Semitic riot took place in the town on 6–7 April 1903, which would later be known as the Kishinev pogrom. The rioting continued for three days, resulting in 47 Jews dead, 92 severely wounded, and 500 suffering minor injuries. In addition, several hundred houses and many businesses were plundered and destroyed. The pogroms are largely believed to have been incited by anti-Jewish propaganda in the only official newspaper of the time, Bessarabetz (Бессарабецъ). Mayor Schmidt disapproved of the incident and resigned later in 1903. The reactions to this incident included a petition to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia on behalf of the American people by the US President Theodore Roosevelt in July 1905.

On 22 August 1905 another violent event occurred: The police opened fire on an estimated 3,000 demonstrating agricultural workers. Only a few months later, 19–20 October 1905, a further protest occurred, helping to force the hand of Nicholas II in bringing about the October Manifesto. However, these demonstrations suddenly turned into another anti-Jewish pogrom, resulting in 19 deaths.

Chișinău: Romanian period

Stephen the Great Monument

Following the Russian October Revolution, Bessarabia declared independence from the crumbling empire, as the Moldavian Democratic Republic, before joining the Kingdom of Romania. Romania granted important subsidies to its province and initiated large scale investment programs in the infrastructure of the main cities in Basarabia and Northern Bucovina, expanded the railroad infrastructure and started an extensive program to eradicate illiteracy. Only with the advent of modern technology and industrialization, it slowly rose into prominence.

As of 1919, Chișinău had an estimated population of 133,000. Between 1918 and 1940 the center of the city undertook large renovation work. In 1927 the Stephen the Great Monument, by the sculptor Alexandru Plămădeală, was erected.

Chișinău: World War II

Eternity – a memorial complex dedicated to the soldiers who fell in World War II and the military conflict in Transnistria
State Art Museum, during the Cold War period
Chișinău at night in 1980
Dacia Boulevard in Botanica District

In the chaos of the Second World War Chișinău was almost completely destroyed..A devastating earthquake occurred on 10 November 1940. The epicenter of the quake, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale, was in eastern Romania and subsequently led to substantial destruction.

After scarcely one year, the assault on the newly created Moldavian SSR by the German and Romanian armies began. Beginning with June 1941 the city came under bombardment by Nazi air raids. However, Romanian sources assign most of the responsibility for the damage to Soviet NKVD destruction battalions, that operated in Chișinău until 17 July 1941, when it was captured by invading Axis forces.

Following the German occupation, the city suffered from the Nazi extermination policy of its Jewish inhabitants, who were transported on trucks to the outskirts of the city and then summarily shot in partially dug pits. The number of Jews murdered during the initial occupation of the city is estimated at approximately 10,000 people.

As the war drew to a conclusion, the city was once more pulled into heavy fighting as German and Romanian troops retreated. Chișinău was taken by the Red Army on 24 August 1944 as a result of the Jassy-Kishinev Operation.

After the war, Bessarabia was fully integrated into the Soviet Union. Most of Bessarabia became the Moldavian SSR with Chișinău as its capital; around 30% of Bessarabia became parts of the Ukrainian SSR.

Chișinău: Soviet period

In the years 1947 to 1949 the architect Alexey Shchusev developed a plan with the aid of a team of architects for the gradual reconstruction of the city.

There was rapid population growth in the 1950s, to which the Soviet administration responded by constructing large-scale housing and palaces in the style of Stalinist architecture. This process continued under Nikita Khrushchev, who called for construction under the slogan "good, cheaper and built faster". The new architectural style brought about dramatic change and generated the style that dominates today, with large blocks of flats arranged in considerable settlements.

The period of the most significant redevelopment of the city extended from 1971, when the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union adopted a decision "On the measures for further development of the city of Kishinev", which secured more than one billion rubles in investment from the state budget, which continued until the independence of Moldova in 1991. Currently, the share of dwellings built during the Soviet period (1951-1990) represents 74,3% of total households.

On 4 March 1977 the city was again jolted by a terrible earthquake. Several people were killed and panic broke out.

Chișinău: After independence

Many streets of Chișinău are named after historic persons, places or events. Independence from the Soviet Union was followed by a large-scale renaming of streets and localities from a Communist theme into a national one.

Chișinău: Geography

Chișinău is located on the river Bâc, a tributary of the Dniester, at  / 47.000; 28.917, with an area of 120 square kilometres (46 sq mi). The municipality comprises 635 square kilometres (245 sq mi).

The city lies in central Moldova and is surrounded by a relatively level landscape with very fertile ground.

Chișinău: Climate

Botanical garden

Chișinău has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa characterized by hot dry summers and windy cold winters. Winter temperatures are often below 0 °C (32 °F), although they rarely drop below −10 °C (14 °F). In summer, the average maximum temperature is approximately 25 °C (77 °F), however, temperatures sometimes reach 35 to 40 °C (95 to 104 °F) in mid-summer in downtown. Although average precipitation and humidity during summer is low, there are infrequent yet heavy storms.

Spring and autumn temperatures vary between 16 to 24 °C (61 to 75 °F), and precipitation during this time tends to be lower than in summer but with more frequent yet milder periods of rain.

Climate data for Chișinău (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.5
Average high °C (°F) 0.9
Daily mean °C (°F) −1.9
Average low °C (°F) −4.3
Record low °C (°F) −28.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36
Average rainy days 8 7 11 13 14 14 12 10 10 11 12 10 132
Average snowy days 13 13 8 1 0.03 0 0 0 0 0.4 5 11 51
Average relative humidity (%) 82 78 71 63 60 63 62 60 66 73 81 83 70
Mean monthly sunshine hours 75 80 125 187 254 283 299 295 226 169 75 58 2,126
Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net
Source #2: NOAA (sun, 1961–1990)

Chișinău: Law and government

Chișinău City Hall.

Chișinău: Municipality

Moldova is administratively subdivided into 3 municipalities, 32 districts, and 2 autonomous units. Chișinău is one of these municipalities.

Besides the city itself, the municipality comprises 34 other suburban localities: 6 towns (containing further 2 villages within), and 12 communes (containing further 14 villages within). The estimated population, as of 2013, is shown in brackets:

Chișinău: Cities/towns

Cities population (2013 est.)

Chișinău: Communes

  • Băcioi (10,618)
    • Brăila
    • Frumușica
    • Străisteni
  • Bubuieci (6,748)
    • Bîc
    • Humulești
  • Budești (5,036)
    • Văduleni
  • Ciorescu (7,096)
    • Făurești
    • Goian
  • Colonița (3,340)
  • Condrița (658)
  • Cruzești (1,655)
    • Ceroborta
  • Ghidighici (5,094)
  • Grătiești (6,242)
    • Hulboaca
  • Stăuceni (6,833)
    • Goianul Nou
  • Tohatin (2,487)
    • Buneți
    • Cheltuitori
  • Trușeni (7,952)
    • Dumbrava

Chișinău: Administration

Administrative sectors of Chișinău: 1-Centru, 2-Buiucani, 3-Rîșcani, 4-Botanica, 5-Ciocana.

Chișinău is governed by the City Council and the City Mayor (Romanian: Primar), both elected once every four years. The current mayor is Dorin Chirtoacă.

His predecessor was Serafim Urechean. Under the Moldovan constitution, Urechean - elected to parliament in 2005 - was unable to hold an additional post to that of an MP. The Democratic Moldova Bloc leader subsequently accepted his mandate and in April resigned from his former position. During his 11-year term, Urechean committed himself to the restoration of the church tower of the Catedrala Nașterea Domnului and improvements in public transport.

The current mayor, Dorin Chirtoacă from the Liberal party, took office after elections in June 2007. Chirtoacă won reelections in June 2011, and June 2015.

Chișinău: Local government

The municipality in its totality elects a mayor and a local council, which then name five pretors, one for each sector. They deal more locally with administrative matters. Each sector claims a part of the city and several suburbs:

Chișinău: Economy

Historically, the city was home to fourteen factories in 1919. Chișinău is the financial and business capital of Moldova. Its GDP comprises about 60% of national economy reached in 2012 the amount of 52 billion lei (US $4 billion). Thus, the GDP per capita of Chișinău stood at 227% of the Moldova's average. Chișinău has the largest and most developed mass media sector in Moldova, and is home to several related companies ranging from leading television networks and radio stations to major newspapers. All national and international banks (15) have their headquarters located in Chișinău.

Notable sites around Chișinău include the cinema Patria, the new malls Malldova, Megapolis Mall and best-known retailers, such as N1, Fidesco, Green Hills, Fourchette and Metro. While many locals continue to shop at the bazaars, many upper class residents and tourists shop at the retail stores and at Malldova. Elăt, an older mall in the Botanica district, and Sun City, in the center, are more popular with locals.

Several amusement parks exist around the city. A Soviet era one is in the Botanica district, along the three lakes of a major park, which reaches the outskirts of the city center. Another, the modern Aventura Park, is located farther from the center. A circus, which used to be in a grand building in the Rîșcani sector, has been inactive for several years due to a poorly funded renovation project.

Chișinău: Demographics

Apartment buildings in Chișinău
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1812 7,000 -
1818 10,966 +56.7%
1835 34,079 +210.8%
1847 43,965 +29.0%
1851 58,849 +33.9%
1865 94,047 +59.8%
1897(c) 108,483 +15.3%
1912 121,000 +11.5%
1930(c) 114,896 −5.0%
1950 134,000 +16.6%
1963 253,500 +89.2%
1980 519,200 +104.8%
1991 676,700 +30.3%
2004(c) 589,446 −12.9%
2014(c) 492,894 −16.4%
c-census; e-estimate

According to the preliminary results of the last Moldovan census, conducted between 12 and 25 May 2014, 492,894 inhabitants live within the Chișinău municipality limits, of whom 21,026 were working abroad. This represents a 16% drop in the number of residents as opposed to the results of the 2004 Census.

Chișinău: Population by sector

Sector Population (2004 cen.) Population (2012 est.)
Botanica 156,633 172,600
Buiucani 107,744 112,100
Centru 90,494 94,800
Ciocana 101,834 119,100
Rîșcani 132,740 139,800

Chișinău: Natural statistics (2012)

  • Births: 7834 (9.8 per 1,000)
  • Deaths: 6150 (7.7 per 1,000)
  • Net Growth rate: 1684 (2.1 per 1,000)

Chișinău: Ethnic composition

Ethnic group Population % of total*
Moldovans 304,816 67.17%
Romanians 65,573 14.45%
Russians 42,157 9.29%
Ukrainians 26,955 5.94%
Bulgarians 4,810 1.06%
Gagauz 3,085 0.68%
Others 6,398 1.41%

Source: 2014 census results
Since the independence of Moldova, there is an ongoing controversy
over whether Romanians and Moldovans are the same ethnic group.

These percentages are for the 453,798 reviewed citizens in the 2014 census that answered the ethnicity question.

An additional estimated 209,038 inhabitants of Chisinau Municipality weren't reviewed.

Chișinău: Religion

Chișinău is the seat of the Moldovan Orthodox Church, as well as of the Metropolis of Bessarabia. The city has multiple churches and synagogues.

  • Christians –90.0%
    • Orthodox Christians –88.4%
    • Protestant –1.2%
      • Baptists – 0.6%
      • Evangelicals –0.4%
      • Pentecostals –0.2%
      • Seventh-day Adventists 0.1%
    • Roman Catholics –0.4%
  • Other – 1.0 %
  • No religion –1.4%
  • Atheists –1.5%
  • Undeclared –6.1%

Chișinău: Cityscape

Panorama of Chișinău

Chișinău: Architecture

Apartment buildings in Chișinău

Chișinău's growth plan was developed in the 19th century. In 1836 the construction of the Kishinev Cathedral and its belfry was finished. The belfry was demolished in Soviet times and was rebuilt in 1997. Chișinău also displays a tremendous number of orthodox churches and 19th century buildings around the city such as Ciuflea Monastery or the Transfiguration Church. Much of the city is made from limestone dug from Cricova, leaving a famous wine cellar there.

Many modern-style buildings have been built in the city since 1991. There are many office and shopping complexes that are modern, renovated or newly built, including Kentford, SkyTower, and Union Fenosa headquarters. However, the old Soviet-style clusters of living blocks are still an extensive feature of the cityscape.

Chișinău: Culture and education

National Museum of History of Moldova
National Opera and Ballet Theatre

The city is home to 12 public and 11 private universities, the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, a number of institutions offering high school and 1–2 years of college education. In Chișinău there are several museums. The three national museums are The National Museum of Ethnography & Natural History, the National Museum of Arts and the National Museum of Archaeology & History.

Chișinău: Events and festivals

Chișinău, as well as Moldova as a whole, still show signs of ethnic culture. Signs that say "Patria Mea" (English: My homeland) can be found all over the capital. While few people still wear traditional Moldavian attire, large public events often draw in such original costumes.

Moldova National Wine Day and Wine Festival take place every year in the first weekend of October, in Chișinău. The events celebrate the autumn harvest and recognizes the country's long history of winemaking, which dates back some 500 years.

The city is the main setting of the 2016 Netflix film Spectral, which takes place in the near future during the fictional Moldovan War.

Chișinău: Media

The first radio station in Chișinău, Radio Basarabia, was launched by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company on 8 October 1939, when the religious service was broadcast on air from the Nativity Cathedral. The first TV station in the city, Moldova 1, was launched on 30 April 1958, while Nicolae Lupan was serving as the redactor-in-chief of TeleRadio-Moldova.

The majority of Moldova's media industry is based in Chișinău. The state national broadcaster in the country is the state-owned Moldova 1, which has its head office in the city. The broadcasts of TeleradioMoldova have been criticized by the Independent Journalism Center as showing 'bias' towards the authorities. There are some hopes that a new broadcasting code will resolve some of these issues.

The Romanian Pro TV Chișinău broadcasts locally. It was repeatedly denied national license by the communist government and threatened to be closed down. The station broadcasts a mixture of independent local news, in addition to entertainment and documentary programs from Romania.

Other TV channels are PRIME, Jurnal TV, Publika TV, CTC, DTV, Euro TV, MTV, MuzTV, NIT and TV 7. In addition to television, most Moldovan radio and newspaper companies have their headquarters in the city. Broadcasters include the national radio Vocea Basarabiei, Prime FM, BBC Moldova, Europa Libera, Kiss FM, Pro FM, Radio 21, Fresh FM (Romanian radio station Național FM), Radio Nova, Russkoe radio, Hit FM, and many others.

Unimedia.md is the most visited portal. Others portals are Jurnal.md, News.yam.md, and Union.md.

The biggest broadcasters are SunTV, Satellit and Zebra TV. In 2007 SunTV and Zebra launched digital TV cable networks.

Chișinău: Politics

Presidential palace in Chisinau.
Parliament elections results
2010 54.22% 234,156 40.19% 173,570
July 2009 56.20% 215,443 41.23% 158,034
April 2009 47.99% 176,742 42.43% 153,227

Electoral and political Chișinău given a higher priority for the center-right parties, in principle AEI. PCRM the main opposition party, has a large percentage in the city, but its support base in the city is dwindling.

Chișinău: Elections

e • d Summary of 28 November 2010 Parliament of Moldova election results in Chișinău Municipality
Parties and coalitions Votes % +/−
Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova 173,570 40.19 −1.04
Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova 122,845 28.44 +11.55
Liberal Party 69,266 16.04 −7.10
Democratic Party of Moldova 35,369 8,19 -2.36
Party Alliance Our Moldova 6,676 1.15 −4.47
Other Party (<1.0%) 24,259 5.59 +3.02
Total (turnout 67.59%) 433,974 100.00

Chișinău: Transport

Chișinău International Airport
Chișinău Railway Station, exterior
Trolleybus on the street

Chișinău: Airport

Chișinău International Airport offers connections to major destinations, within Europe and Asia.

The Air Moldova flight operator has its head office on the grounds of Chișinău International Airport.

Chișinău: Road

The most popular form of internal transport in Moldova is generally the bus. Although the city has just three main terminals, buses generally serve as the means of transport between cities in and outside of Moldova. Popular destinations include Tiraspol, Odessa (Ukraine), Iași and Bucharest (Romania).

Chișinău: Rail

The second most popular form of domestic transportation within Moldova is via railways. The total length of the network managed by Moldovan Railway CFM (as of 2009) is 1,232 kilometers (766 miles). The entire network is single track and is not electrified. The central hub of all railways is Chișinău Central Railway Station. There is another smaller railway station - Revaca located on the city's ends.

Chișinău Railway Station has an international railway terminal with connections to Bucharest, Kiev, Minsk, Odessa, Moscow, Samara, Varna and St. Petersburg. Due to the simmering conflict between Moldova and the unrecognised Transnistria republic the rail traffic towards Ukraine is occasionally stopped.

Chișinău: Public transport

Chișinău: Trolleybuses

There is wide trolleybus network operating as common public transportation within city. From 1994, Chișinău saw the establishment of new trolleybus lines, as well as an increase in capacity of existing lines, to improve connections between the urban districts. The network comprises 22 trolleybus lines being 246 km (153 mi) in length. Trolleybuses run between 06:00 and 23:00. There are 270 units daily operating in Chișinău. However the requirements are as minimum as 340 units. Trolleybus ticket costs at about 2 lei (ca. $0.18). It is the cheapest method of transport within Chișinău municipality.

Chișinău: Buses

There are 29 lines of buses within Chișinău municipality. At each public transportation stops there is attached a schedule for buses and trolleybuses. There are approximately 330 public transportation stops within Chișinău municipality. There is a big lack of buses inside city limits, with only 105 buses operating within Chișinău.

Chișinău: Minibuses

In Chișinău and its suburbs, privately operated minibuses, known as "rutieras" generally follow the major bus and trolleybus routes and appear more frequently. There are approx. 1800 units of minibuses operating within Chișinău. Minibuses services are priced the same as buses - 3 lei for a ticket (ca. $0.25).

Chișinău: Traffic

The city traffic becomes more and more congested each year pass. Nowadays there are at about 300,000 cars in the city plus 100,000 transit transport coming everyday to the city. Prospective number of personal transport will reach the 550,000 (without transit) in 2025..

Chișinău: Sport

FC Zimbru Stadium

There are three professional football clubs in Chișinău, all playing in the Divizia Națională (national league): Zimbru, Dacia and Academia. Of the larger public multiuse stadiums in the city is the Stadionul Dinamo (Dinamo Stadium), which has a capacity of 2,692. The Zimbru Stadium, opened in May 2006 with a capacity of 10,500 sitting places, meets all the requirements for holding official international matches, and was the venue for all Moldova's Euro 2008 qualifying games. Currently there are discussions to build a new modern olympic stadium with capacity of circa 25,000 seats, that would meet all international requirements.

Chișinău: Personalities

Chișinău: Natives

  • Andrew Rayel, Stage name of Andrei Rata, Moldovan DJ
  • Alexander Ulanovsky, the chief illegal "rezident" for Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU), prisoner in the Soviet gulag
  • Olga Bancic, known for her role in the French Resistance during World War II
  • Maria Cebotari, Romanian soprano and actress, one of Europe's greatest opera stars in the 1930s and 1940s
  • William F. Friedman, American cryptologist
  • Anatole Jakovsky, French art critic
  • Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli politician
  • Lewis Milestone, American motion picture director
  • Sacha Moldovan, American expressionist and post-impressionist painter
  • Ilya Oleynikov, comic actor and television personality
  • Nina Pekerman, Israeli triathlete
  • Sam Zemurray, American businessman who made his fortune in the banana trade

Chișinău: Residents

  • Gheorghe Botezatu American engineer, businessman and pioneer of helicopter flight
  • Eugen Doga, composer
  • Israel Gohberg, Soviet and Israeli mathematician
  • Dovid Knut, poet and member of the French Resistance
  • Sigmund Mogulesko, singer, actor, and composer
  • SunStroke Project, Moldovan representative for both the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
  • Zlata Tkach, composer and music educator

Chișinău: International relations

Chișinău: Twin towns – sister cities

Chișinău is twinned with:

  • France Grenoble, France (1977)
  • United Kingdom Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom (1982)
  • Italy Reggio Emilia, Italy (1989)
  • Germany Mannheim, Germany (1989)
  • United States Sacramento, California (1990)
  • Ukraine Odessa, Ukraine (1994)
  • Romania Bucharest, Romania (1999)
  • Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine (1999)
  • Armenia Yerevan, Armenia (2000)
  • Belarus Minsk, Belarus (2000)
  • Israel Tel Aviv, Israel (2000)
  • Greece Patras, Greece (2004)
  • Turkey Ankara, Turkey (2004)
  • Romania Iași, Romania (2008)
  • Georgia (country) Tbilisi, Georgia (2011)
  • Romania Alba Iulia, Romania (2011)
  • Ukraine Chernivtsi, Ukraine (2014)

Chișinău: Notes and references

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Chișinău: Further reading

  • Hamm, Michael F. (March 1998). "Kishinev: The character and development of a Tsarist Frontier Town". Nationalities Papers. 26 (1): 19–37. doi:10.1080/00905999808408548.
  • Official website
  • Map of Chișinău
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