Demographics

Due to a chequered history, today Moldova's society is a colorful mixture of diverse ethnic groups. This cultural variety finds its expression in day-to-day life. A range of different backgrounds, languages and costumes make life in the Republic of Moldova fascinating and complex at the same time. According to the Moldovan census of 2004 the ethnic composition of Moldova - including Transnistria - is the following:

Ethnic composition


Ethnicity

Mold. census

% Mold.

Trans. census

% Trans.

Total

%

1.

Moldovans

2,564,849

75.8%

177,156

31.9%

2,742,005

69.6%

2.

Ukrainians

282,406

8.3%

159,940

28.8%

442,346

11.2%

3.

Russians

201,218

5.9%

168,270

30.3%

369,488

9.4%

4.

Gagauzians

147,500

4.4%

11,107

2.0%

158,607

4.0%

5.

Romanians

73,276

2.2%

NA

NA

73,276

1.9%

6.

Bulgarians

65,662

1.9%

11,107

2.0%

76,769

1.9%

7.

Others (Jews, Belarusians, Poles, Roma...)

48,421

1.4%

27,767

5.0%

76,188

1.9%

8.

TOTAL

3,383,332

100%

555,347

100%

3,938,679

100%