ethnic group

Moldovans, sometimes referred as Moldavians (Romanian: moldoveni [moldoˈvenʲ], Moldovan Cyrillic: молдовень), are the largest ethnic group of the Republic of Moldova (75.1% of the population as of 2014) and a significant minority in Ukraine and Russia.

moldoveni, молдовень
Total population
c. 2.9 million[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Moldova  2,245,693
(including 177,635 Moldovans from Transnistria)[2]
Other countries
 United States7,859[13]
 Czech Republic5,260[14]
 United Kingdom3,417[16]
Primarily Orthodox Christianity (with small Catholic and Evangelical minorities)
Related ethnic groups
Romanians, other Eastern Romance peoples

This article refers to the mostly Romanian language-speaking population native to the Republic of Moldova, the historical Bessarabia, Transnistria and the diaspora originating from these regions,[18] self-identified as Moldovans (another 7% of the population of Moldova self-identified as Romanians).

The variant Moldavians may also be used to refer to all inhabitants of the territory of historical Principality of Moldavia, currently divided among Romania (47.5%), Moldova (30.5%) and Ukraine (22%), regardless of ethnic identity. In Romania, natives of Western Moldavia identifying with the term generally declare Romanian ethnicity, while the Moldovans from Bessarabia (the Republic of Moldova included) are usually called "Bessarabians" (Romanian: basarabeni).

  1. This includes all self-declared Moldovans, according to official data, living in the Republic of Moldova and other countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as some citizens of the Republic of Moldova living abroad, regardless of ethnicity. The rest of some 5 million Romanian-speakers living on the territory of the Principality of Moldavia who self-identify as Romanians, according to official data, were counted only among Romanians.
  2. 2014 Moldovan census results, 2004 census in Transnistria
  3. "The distribution of the population by nationality and mother tongue". All-Ukrainian population census. State Statistics Committee of Ukraine. 2001. Archived from the original on January 30, 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  4. "Population on 1 January by age group, sex and country of birth". Eurostat. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. "4.1. National composition of population". 2010 All-Russia Population Census. Basic Results. Russian Federal State Statistics Service. 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  6. "Istituto nazionale di statistica latest figures at 131,000". 2010-12-31. Archived from the original (XLS) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  7. "Población extranjera por sexo, edad (grupos quinquenales) y país de nacionalidad". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. Ethnic composition, religion and language skills in the Republic of Kazakhstan Archived May 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "Présentation de la Moldavie".
  11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-14. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. Statistics Canada (8 May 2013). "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  13. "2000 Census". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  14. "Foreigners by category of residence, sex, and citizenship as at 31 December 2016". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-09-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. "Trends in International Migrant Stock: Migrants by Destination and Origin (United Nations database, POP/DB/MIG/Stock/Rev.2015)" (XLS). United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
  17. "Moldovans Population". Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  18. "Official Chisinau Seeks Recognition Of Moldovan Ethnicity And Minority In Romania", The Jamestown Foundation, 28 February 2007.