The Republic of Moldova has every reason to be proud of highly qualified specialists in various fields, thanks to an excellent system of education and continuous staff training. Workers and free practitioners are esteemed for discipline, diligence, punctuality, and dedication to their professions. 

The Moldovan population stands between 3.4 and 3.5 million permanent residents (except for the Transnistrian region and the city of Bender) and has a multiethnic structure, with Romanian speakers making up the largest group of citizens - more than 75%. In socio-economic life, Russian is used in parallel and the generations after the declaration of independence are fluent in other modern languages, especially English. 

Around 830,000 people live in the capital, the Municipality of Chisinau, including the suburbs. 

The official statistics for 2019 show that the urban population numbers 1.5 million people and the rural one counts 2 million people. The ratio between women and men is 1.8 million to 1.7 million. Life expectancy is 69 years for men and 77 years for women (data for 2018). The same year the average number of medical practitioners was 47 to 10,000 residents. 

The active labor force represents 1.25 million persons and the occupation rate is 40%. There were 739,000 employees in Moldovan economy in 2018. Unemployment rate was around 4% next year. Because of Covid-19 the number of jobless people might be higher. A part of Moldovan citizens have emigrated or are migrant workers. 

Eighteen public and nine private institutions of higher educations have been accredited in the Republic of Moldova. Also 44 schools of professional training are operational. More than 19,400 students were enrolled in Moldovan universities and academies in the 2019-20 academic year. As many as 425 graduates completed a doctor’s degree in 2019. 

The literacy rate in Moldova is 99%.

Source: National Statistical Bureau