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  • Introduction :: Moldova
  • Background field listing

    A large portion of present day Moldovan territory became a province of the Russian Empire in 1812 and then unified with Romania in 1918 in the aftermath of World War I. This territory was then incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although Moldova has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River in the breakaway region of Transnistria, whose population is roughly equally composed of ethnic Ukrainians, Russians, and Moldovans.

    Years of Communist Party rule in Moldova from 2001-2009 ultimately ended with election-related violent protests and a rerun of parliamentary elections in 2009. Since then, a series of pro-European ruling coalitions have governed Moldova. As a result of the country's most recent legislative election in February 2019, parliamentary seats are split among the left-leaning Socialist Party (35 seats), the former ruling Democratic Party (30 seats), and the center-right ACUM bloc (26 seats). Parliament voted in Prime Minister Ion CHICU and his cabinet on 14 November 2019, two days after voting to remove his predecessor, ACUM co-leader Maia SANDU, who had been in office since June 2019.

  • Geography :: Moldova
  • Location field listing
    Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    47 00 N, 29 00 E
    Map references field listing
    Area field listing
    total: 33,851 sq km
    land: 32,891 sq km
    water: 960 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 140
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly larger than Maryland
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 1,885 km
    border countries (2): Romania 683 km, Ukraine 1202 km
    Coastline field listing
    0 km (landlocked)
    Maritime claims field listing
    none (landlocked)
    Climate field listing
    moderate winters, warm summers
    Terrain field listing
    rolling steppe, gradual slope south to Black Sea
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 139 m
    lowest point: Dniester (Nistru) 2 m
    highest point: Dealul Balanesti 430 m
    Natural resources field listing
    lignite, phosphorites, gypsum, limestone, arable land
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 74.9% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 55.1% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 9.1% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 10.7% (2011 est.)
    forest: 11.9% (2011 est.)
    other: 13.2% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    2,283 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    pockets of agglomeration exist throughout the country, the largest being in the center of the country around the capital of Chisinau, followed by Tiraspol and Balti
    Natural hazards field listing
    Environment - current issues field listing
    heavy use of agricultural chemicals, has contaminated soil and groundwater; extensive soil erosion and declining soil fertility from poor farming methods
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    Geography - note field listing
    landlocked; well endowed with various sedimentary rocks and minerals including sand, gravel, gypsum, and limestone
  • People and Society :: Moldova
  • Population field listing
    3,364,496 (July 2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 133
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Moldovan(s)
    adjective: Moldovan
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Moldovan 75.1%, Romanian 7%, Ukrainian 6.6%, Gagauz 4.6%, Russian 4.1%, Bulgarian 1.9%, other 0.8% (2014 est.)
    Languages field listing
    Moldovan/Romanian 80.2% (official) (56.7% identify their mother tongue as Moldovan, which is virtually the same as Romanian; 23.5% identify Romanian as their mother tongue), Russian 9.7%, Gagauz 4.2% (a Turkish language), Ukrainian 3.9%, Bulgarian 1.5%, Romani 0.3%, other 0.2% (2014 est.)

    note: data represent mother tongue

    Religions field listing
    Orthodox 90.1%, other Christian 2.6%, other 0.1%, agnostic (2014 est.)
    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 18.31% (male 317,243/female 298,673)
    15-24 years: 11.27% (male 196,874/female 182,456)
    25-54 years: 43.13% (male 738,103/female 712,892)
    55-64 years: 13.26% (male 205,693/female 240,555)
    65 years and over: 14.03% (male 186,949/female 285,058) (2020 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 39.6
    youth dependency ratio: 22.2
    elderly dependency ratio: 17.4
    potential support ratio: 5.7 (2020 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 37.7 years
    male: 36.2 years
    female: 39.5 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Population growth rate field listing
    -1.08% (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 230
    Birth rate field listing
    10.7 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 184
    Death rate field listing
    12.6 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    Net migration rate field listing
    -9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 215
    Population distribution field listing
    pockets of agglomeration exist throughout the country, the largest being in the center of the country around the capital of Chisinau, followed by Tiraspol and Balti
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 42.8% of total population (2020)
    rate of urbanization: -0.07% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    total population growth rate v. urban population growth rate, 2000-2030: PDF
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    499,000 CHISINAU (capital) (2020)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.08 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.86 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.66 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
    Mother's mean age at first birth field listing
    24.8 years (2017 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    19 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 125
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 11.1 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 12.8 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 9.3 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 120
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 71.9 years
    male: 68 years
    female: 76 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 157
    Total fertility rate field listing
    1.58 children born/woman (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 189
    Contraceptive prevalence rate field listing
    59.5% (2012)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 98.5% of population
    rural: 84.6% of population
    total: 90.5% of population
    unimproved: urban: 1.5% of population
    rural: 15.4% of population
    total: 9.5% of population (2017 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    7% (2017)
    Physicians density field listing
    3.21 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    5.8 beds/1,000 population (2013)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 98.3% of population
    rural: 78.9% of population
    total: 87.2% of population
    unimproved: urban: 1.7% of population
    rural: 21.1% of population
    total: 12.8% of population (2017 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    0.6% (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 63
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    15,000 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    <500 (2019 est.)
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    18.9% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 115
    Children under the age of 5 years underweight field listing
    2.2% (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    Education expenditures field listing
    6.7% of GDP (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 17
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 99.4%
    male: 99.7%
    female: 99.1% (2015)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 11 years
    male: 11 years
    female: 12 years (2019)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 7.4%
    male: 7.5%
    female: 7.2% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 147
  • Government :: Moldova
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: Republic of Moldova
    conventional short form: Moldova
    local long form: Republica Moldova
    local short form: Moldova
    former: Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic
    etymology: named for the Moldova River in neighboring eastern Romania
    Government type field listing
    parliamentary republic
    Capital field listing
    name: Chisinau in Moldovan (Kishinev in Russian)
    geographic coordinates: 47 00 N, 28 51 E
    time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

    note: pronounced KEE-shee-now (KIH-shi-nyov)

    etymology: origin unclear but may derive from the archaic Romanian word "chisla" ("spring" or "water source") and "noua" ("new") because the original settlement was built at the site of a small spring
    Administrative divisions field listing

    32 raions (raioane, singular - raion), 3 municipalities (municipii, singular - municipiul), 1 autonomous territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala autonoma), and 1 territorial unit (unitatea teritoriala)

    raions: Anenii Noi, Basarabeasca, Briceni, Cahul, Cantemir, Calarasi, Causeni, Cimislia, Criuleni, Donduseni, Drochia, Dubasari, Edinet, Falesti, Floresti, Glodeni, Hincesti, Ialoveni, Leova, Nisporeni, Ocnita, Orhei, Rezina, Riscani, Singerei, Soldanesti, Soroca, Stefan Voda, Straseni, Taraclia, Telenesti, Ungheni

    municipalities: Balti, Bender, Chisinau

    autonomous territorial unit: Gagauzia

    territorial unit: Stinga Nistrului (Transnistria)

    Independence field listing
    27 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
    National holiday field listing
    Independence Day, 27 August (1991)
    Constitution field listing
    history: previous 1978; latest adopted 29 July 1994, effective 27 August 1994
    amendments: proposed by voter petition (at least 200,000 eligible voters), by at least one third of Parliament members, or by the government; passage requires two-thirds majority vote of Parliament within one year of initial proposal; revisions to constitutional articles on sovereignty, independence, and neutrality require majority vote by referendum; articles on fundamental rights and freedoms cannot be amended; amended several times, last in 2010; note – in early 2016, the Moldovan Constitutional Court decision returned the country to direct presidential elections, reversing a 2000 constitutional amendment that allowed Parliament to select the president
    International law organization participation field listing
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Moldova
    dual citizenship recognized: no
    residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: President Igor DODON (since 23 December 2016); note – in 2017-19, DODON was temporarily suspended several times by the Moldovan Constitutional Court for rejecting ministerial appointments and for refusing to sign legislation
    head of government: Prime Minister Ion CHICU (since 14 November 2019)
    cabinet: Cabinet proposed by the prime minister-designate, nominated by the president, approved through a vote of confidence in Parliament
    elections/appointments: president directly elected for a 4-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 15 November 2020 (next to be held in fall 2024); prime minister designated by the president upon consultation with Parliament; within 15 days from designation, the prime minister-designate must request a vote of confidence for his/her proposed work program from the Parliament
    election results: Maia SANDU elected president; percent of vote - Maia SANDU (PAS) 57.8%, Igor DODON (PSRM) 42.2%; Ion CHICU designated prime minister; Parliament vote - 62 of 101
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: unicameral Parliament (101 seats; 51 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote and 50 members directly elected in a single, nationwide constituency by closed party-list proportional representation vote; all members serve 4-year terms
    elections: last held on 24 February 2019 (next scheduled for February 2023)
    election results: percent of vote by party - PSRM 31.2%, ACUM (PPDA + PAS) 26.8%, PDM 23.6%, PS 8.3%, other 10.1%; seats by party - PSRM 35, ACUM (PPDA + PAS) 26, PDM 30, PS 7, independent 3; composition - men 78, women 23, percent of women 22.8%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court of Justice (consists of the chief judge, 3 deputy-chief judges, 45 judges, and 7 assistant judges); Constitutional Court (consists of the court president and 6 judges); note - the Constitutional Court is autonomous to the other branches of government; the Court interprets the Constitution and reviews the constitutionality of parliamentary laws and decisions, decrees of the president, and acts of the government
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court of Justice judges appointed by the president upon the recommendation of the Superior Council of Magistracy, an 11-member body of judicial officials; all judges serve 4-year renewable terms; Constitutional Court judges appointed 2 each by Parliament, the president, and the Higher Council of Magistracy for 6-year terms; court president elected by other court judges for a 3-year term
    subordinate courts: Courts of Appeal; Court of Business Audit; municipal courts
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    represented in Parliament:
    Action and Solidarity Party or PAS [Maia SANDU]
    Democratic Party of Moldova or PDM [Vladimir PLAHOTNIUC]
    Dignity and Truth Platform or PPDA [Andrei NASTASE]
    NOW Platform or ACUM (PPDA + PAS)
    Shor Party or PS [Ilan SHOR]
    Socialist Party of the Republic of Moldova or PSRM [Zinaida GRECEANII]
    not represented in Parliament, participated in recent elections (2014-2019):
    Anti-Mafia Movement or MPA [Sergiu MOCANU]
    Centrist Union of Moldova or UCM [Mihai PETRACHE]
    Christian Democratic People's Party or PPCD [Victor CIOBANU]
    Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova or PCRM [Vladimir VORONIN]
    Conservative Party or PC [Natalia NIRCA]
    Democracy at Home Party or PDA [Vasile COSTIUC]
    Democratic Action Party or PAD [Mihai GODEA]
    Ecologist Green Party or PVE [Anatolie PROHNITCHI]
    European People’s Party of Moldova or EPPM [Iurie LEANCA]
    Law and Justice Party or PLD [Nicolae ALEXEI]
    Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova or PLDM [Tudor DELIU]
    Liberal Party or PL [Dorin CHIRTOACA]
    "Motherland" Party or PP [Sergiu BIRIUCOV]
    National Liberal Party or PNL [Vitalia PAVLICENKO]
    Our Home Moldova or PCNM [Grigore PETRENCO]
    Our Party or PN [Renato USATII]
    Party of National Unity [Anatol SALARU]
    People’s Party of Moldova or PPRM [Alexandru OLEINIC]
    Regions Party of Moldova or PRM [Alexandr KALININ]
    Socialist People’s Party of Moldova or PPSM [Victor STEPANIUC]
    International organization participation field listing
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Eugen CARAS (since 17 July 2020)
    chancery: 2101 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 667-1130
    FAX: [1] (202) 667-1204
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Dereck J. HOGAN (since 15 October 2018)
    telephone: [373] (22) 40-8300
    embassy: 103 Mateevici Street, Chisinau MD-2009
    mailing address: use embassy street address
    FAX: [373] (22) 23-3044
    Flag description field listing
    three equal vertical bands of Prussian blue (hoist side), chrome yellow, and vermilion red; emblem in center of flag is of a Roman eagle of dark gold (brown) outlined in black with a red beak and talons carrying a yellow cross in its beak and a green olive branch in its right talons and a yellow scepter in its left talons; on its breast is a shield divided horizontally red over blue with a stylized aurochs head, star, rose, and crescent all in black-outlined yellow; based on the color scheme of the flag of Romania - with which Moldova shares a history and culture - but Moldova's blue band is lighter; the reverse of the flag displays a mirrored image of the coat of arms

    note: one of only three national flags that differ on their obverse and reverse sides - the others are Paraguay and Saudi Arabia

    National symbol(s) field listing
    aurochs (a type of wild cattle); national colors: blue, yellow, red
    National anthem field listing
    name: "Limba noastra" (Our Language)
    lyrics/music: Alexei MATEEVICI/Alexandru CRISTEA

    note: adopted 1994

  • Economy :: Moldova
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Despite recent progress, Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. With a moderate climate and productive farmland, Moldova's economy relies heavily on its agriculture sector, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, wheat, and tobacco. Moldova also depends on annual remittances of about $1.2 billion - almost 15% of GDP - from the roughly one million Moldovans working in Europe, Israel, Russia, and elsewhere.

    With few natural energy resources, Moldova imports almost all of its energy supplies from Russia and Ukraine. Moldova's dependence on Russian energy is underscored by a more than $6 billion debt to Russian natural gas supplier Gazprom, largely the result of unreimbursed natural gas consumption in the breakaway region of Transnistria. Moldova and Romania inaugurated the Ungheni-Iasi natural gas interconnector project in August 2014. The 43-kilometer pipeline between Moldova and Romania, allows for both the import and export of natural gas. Several technical and regulatory delays kept gas from flowing into Moldova until March 2015. Romanian gas exports to Moldova are largely symbolic. In 2018, Moldova awarded a tender to Romanian Transgaz to construct a pipeline connecting Ungheni to Chisinau, bringing the gas to Moldovan population centers. Moldova also seeks to connect with the European power grid by 2022.

    The government's stated goal of EU integration has resulted in some market-oriented progress. Moldova experienced better than expected economic growth in 2017, largely driven by increased consumption, increased revenue from agricultural exports, and improved tax collection. During fall 2014, Moldova signed an Association Agreement and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU (AA/DCFTA), connecting Moldovan products to the world’s largest market. The EU AA/DCFTA has contributed to significant growth in Moldova’s exports to the EU. In 2017, the EU purchased over 65% of Moldova’s exports, a major change from 20 years previously when the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) received over 69% of Moldova’s exports. A $1 billion asset-stripping heist of Moldovan banks in late 2014 delivered a significant shock to the economy in 2015; the subsequent bank bailout increased inflationary pressures and contributed to the depreciation of the leu and a minor recession. Moldova’s growth has also been hampered by endemic corruption, which limits business growth and deters foreign investment, and Russian restrictions on imports of Moldova’s agricultural products. The government’s push to restore stability and implement meaningful reform led to the approval in 2016 of a $179 million three-year IMF program focused on improving the banking and fiscal environments, along with additional assistance programs from the EU, World Bank, and Romania. Moldova received two IMF tranches in 2017, totaling over $42.5 million.

    Over the longer term, Moldova's economy remains vulnerable to corruption, political uncertainty, weak administrative capacity, vested bureaucratic interests, energy import dependence, Russian political and economic pressure, heavy dependence on agricultural exports, and unresolved separatism in Moldova's Transnistria region.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $23.72 billion (2017 est.)
    $22.69 billion (2016 est.)
    $21.75 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 143
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $9.556 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    4.5% (2017 est.)
    4.3% (2016 est.)
    -0.4% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 62
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $6,700 (2017 est.)
    $6,400 (2016 est.)
    $6,100 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 162
    Gross national saving field listing
    13.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    15.9% of GDP (2016 est.)
    14.5% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 143
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 85.8% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 19% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 21.9% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 1.4% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 42.5% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -70.7% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 17.7% (2017 est.)
    industry: 20.3% (2017 est.)
    services: 62% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    vegetables, fruits, grapes, grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, tobacco; beef, milk; wine
    Industries field listing
    sugar processing, vegetable oil, food processing, agricultural machinery; foundry equipment, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines; hosiery, shoes, textiles
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    3% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 104
    Labor force field listing
    1.295 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 131
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 32.3%
    industry: 12%
    services: 55.7% (2017 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    4.99% (2019 est.)
    3.16% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 76
    Population below poverty line field listing
    9.6% (2015 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 4.2%
    highest 10%: 22.1% (2014 est.)
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 2.886 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 2.947 billion (2017 est.)

    note: National Public Budget

    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    30.2% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -0.6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    Public debt field listing
    31.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    35.8% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 163
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    6.6% (2017 est.)
    6.4% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 191
    Current account balance field listing
    -$602 million (2017 est.)
    -$268 million (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 126
    Exports field listing
    $1.858 billion (2017 est.)
    $2.045 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 142
    Exports - partners field listing
    Romania 24.6%, Russia 13.7%, Italy 9.1%, Germany 6.2%, Ukraine 5.3%, UK 4.6%, Poland 4.6% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    foodstuffs, textiles, machinery
    Imports field listing
    $4.427 billion (2017 est.)
    $3.635 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 136
    Imports - commodities field listing
    mineral products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals, textiles
    Imports - partners field listing
    Romania 15.5%, Ukraine 11.4%, Russia 10.6%, China 10.4%, Germany 8.9%, Italy 6.9%, Turkey 6.1% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $2.803 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $2.206 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 111
    Debt - external field listing
    $6.549 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $6.138 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 126
    Exchange rates field listing
    Moldovan lei (MDL) per US dollar -
    18.49 (2017 est.)
    19.924 (2016 est.)
    19.924 (2015 est.)
    19.83 (2014 est.)
    14.036 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Moldova
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2020)
    Electricity - production field listing
    5.49 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 118
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    4.4 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 125
    Electricity - exports field listing
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 172
    Electricity - imports field listing
    4 million kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    515,000 kW (2016 est.)

    note: excludes Transnistria

    country comparison to the world: 148
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    86% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 144
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    12% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 112
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    2% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 142
    Crude oil - production field listing
    0 bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 175
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 166
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    20 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    0 bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 170
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    232 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 107
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    18,000 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 148
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    275 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    18,160 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 130
    Natural gas - production field listing
    11.33 million cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 92
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    2.52 billion cu m (2017 est.)

    note: excludes breakaway Transnistria

    country comparison to the world: 78
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 152
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    2.52 billion cu m (2017 est.)

    note: excludes breakaway Transnistria

    country comparison to the world: 46
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    NA cu m (1 January 2017 est.)
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    7.653 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 121
  • Communications :: Moldova
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 901,317
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 26.5 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 78
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 3,039,990
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 89.38 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 139
    Telecommunication systems field listing
    general assessment: the mobile market has extended the reach of services to outside the cities and across most of the country; endeavors to join the EU have promoted regulatory issues to be in line with EU principles and standards; LTE services available; market is competitive with 94 ISPs active; by mid-2019 fiber accounted for about 62% of all fixed broadband connections; most telecom revenue is from the mobile market (2020)
    domestic: competition among mobile telephone providers has spurred subscriptions; little interest in expanding fixed-line service 27 per 100; mobile-cellular teledensity sits at 89 per 100 persons (2019)
    international: country code - 373; service through Romania and Russia via landline; satellite earth stations - at least 3 - Intelsat, Eutelsat, and Intersputnik
    note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated
    Broadcast media field listing
    state-owned national radio-TV broadcaster operates 1 TV and 1 radio station; a total of nearly 70 terrestrial TV channels and some 50 radio stations are in operation; Russian and Romanian channels also are available (2019)
    Internet country code field listing
    Internet users field listing
    total: 2,616,792
    percent of population: 76.12% (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 108
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 623,135
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 18 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 78
  • Transportation :: Moldova
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 6 (2020)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 21
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 1,135,999 (2018)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 640,000 mt-km (2018)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    ER (2016)
    Airports field listing
    7 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 170
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 5 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 1 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 2 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 2 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2013)
    under 914 m: 1 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    1916 km gas (2014)
    Railways field listing
    total: 1,171 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 14 km 1.435-m gauge (2014)
    broad gauge: 1,157 km 1.520-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    Roadways field listing
    total: 9,352 km (2012)
    paved: 8,835 km (2012)
    unpaved: 517 km (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 136
    Waterways field listing
    558 km (in public use on Danube, Dniester and Prut Rivers) (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 142
    by type: bulk carrier 4, container ship 4, general cargo 98, oil tanker 8, other 28 (2019)
    country comparison to the world: 75
  • Military and Security :: Moldova
  • Military and security forces field listing
    National Army: Land Forces Command, Air Forces Command (includes air defense unit); Carabinieri Troops (a component of the Ministry of Internal Affairs that also has official status as a service of the Armed Forces during wartime) (2020)
    Military expenditures field listing
    0.4% of GDP (2019)
    0.4% of GDP (2018)
    0.4% of GDP (2017)
    0.45% of GDP (2016)
    0.4% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 153
    Military and security service personnel strengths field listing
    estimates of the size of the Moldovan National Army vary; approximately 6,000 active troops (5,000 Land Forces; 1,000 Air Force) (2019 est.)
    Military equipment inventories and acquisitions field listing
    the Moldovan military's inventory is limited and almost entirely comprised of older Russian and Soviet-era equipment; since 2000, it has received small amounts of donated material from other nations, including the US (2019 est.)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; male registration required at age 16; 1-year service obligation (2019)
    note: Moldova intends to abolish military conscription by 2021
  • Transnational Issues :: Moldova
  • Disputes - international field listing

    Moldova and Ukraine operate joint customs posts to monitor the transit of people and commodities through Moldova's break-away Transnistria region, which remains under the auspices of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe-mandated peacekeeping mission comprised of Moldovan, Transnistrian, Russian, and Ukrainian troops

    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): 6,779 applicants for forms of legal stay other than asylum (Ukraine) (2015)
    stateless persons: 3,500 (2019)
    Illicit drugs field listing
    limited cultivation of opium poppy and cannabis, mostly for CIS consumption; transshipment point for illicit drugs from Southwest Asia via Central Asia to Russia, Western Europe, and possibly the US; widespread crime and underground economic activity