Coat of arms
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)[1]
  Total 30,804
  Density 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://ungheni.md/

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 Chişinău 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

Gustave Eiffel bridge

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

Twin towns – Sister cities

Ungheni is twinned with:


  • Romania – Consulate


  • 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
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