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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
Country  Moldova
County Ungheni District
 • Mayor Alexandru Ambros
 • Total 16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population (2014 census[1])
 • Total 38,400
 • Density 2,300/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Ungheni (Romanian pronunciation: [uŋˈɡenʲ]), with a population of 35,157, is the seventh largest town in Moldova and the seat of Ungheni District since 2003.

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 Chişinău was built in 1875 by Russia in preparation for the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). After WWII, 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. Railway Department invited Gustave Eiffel in Bessarabia (Moldova) to redesign and rebuild the bridge. Nowadays it is still a strategic structure under the supervision of the frontier guard.



Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
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. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Sister Cities Winston-Salem. City of Winston-Salem.
  3. ^ Winston-Salem, NC. 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