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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Flag of Ungheni
Coat of arms of Ungheni
Ungheni is located in Moldova
Location within Moldova
Coordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°E / 47.217; 27.817Coordinates: 47°13′N 27°49′E / 47.217°N 27.817°E / 47.217; 27.817
CountyUngheni District
 • MayorAlexandru Ambros
 • Total16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
 • Total30,804
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Ungheni (Romanian pronunciation: [uŋˈɡenʲ]) is a municipality[2] in Moldova. With a population of 35,157, it is the seventh largest town in Moldova and the seat of Ungheni District.

There is a bridge across the Prut and a border checkpoint to Romania. There is another border town with the same name in Romania (Ungheni, Iași), on the other side of the Prut River.


The first historical mention of Ungheni dates to 20 August 1462. A railway between Ungheni and Chișinău was built in 1875 by Russia in preparation for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). After World War II, the rail route through Ungheni became the main connection between the USSR and Romania.

Features and attractions[edit]

Gustave Eiffel bridge[edit]

In 1876 after the spring flooding of the river Prut, the railway bridge that linked Moldova and Romania was almost destroyed. The Railways Department invited Gustave Eiffel to Bessarabia (Moldova) to redesign and rebuild the bridge. Today, it remains a strategic structure under the supervision of border guards.



Historical population
1959 12,595—    
1970 19,558+55.3%
1979 27,062+38.4%
1989 37,788+39.6%
2004 35,311−6.6%
2012 est.38,100+7.9%

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Ungheni is twinned with:




  1. ^ Results of Population and Housing Census in the Republic of Moldova in 2014: "Characteristics - Population (population by communes, religion, citizenship)" (XLS). National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova. 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ LEGE Nr. 248 din 03.11.2016 pentru modificarea și completarea Legii nr. 764-XV din 27 decembrie 2001 privind organizarea administrativ-teritorială a Republicii Moldova (in Romanian)
  3. ^ Sister Cities Winston-Salem. City of Winston-Salem.
  4. ^ Winston-Salem, NC Archived 23 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Interactive City Directory. Sister Cities International, Inc.
  • Brezianu, Andrei and Spânu, Vlad (eds.) (2007) "Ungheni" Historical Dictionary of Moldova (2nd ed.) Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, USA, p. 371, ISBN 978-0-8108-5607-3