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Chişinău

Administration
Full nameChișinău
Official nameChișinău
CountryMoldova
Founded1436
Government
MayorDorin Chirtoaca, since 2007
Geography
Total Area46.3 sq mi (120 km2)
Metro Area245.1 sq mi (635 km2)
Elevation278.9 ft (85 m)
Demography
Total Population664700 (January 2011 est.)
Density (pop.)5539/km2 (14346/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)789500
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal codeMD-20xx
Area code+373 22

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Chișinău (-rokiʃiˈnəw; historically also known as Kishinev, , from ) is the capital and largest municipality of Moldova. It is also its main industrial and commercial centre and is located in the middle of the country, on the river Bîc. According to January 2011 official estimates, Chișinău proper has a population of 664,700 and the municipality of Chișinău is home to 789,500 residents.

Chișinău is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova, and its largest transportation hub. As the most economically and socially important municipality in Moldova, the city has a broad range of educational facilities.


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