Expat Exchange Rental Properties

Chisinau >

An Expat Talks about Living in Chisinau, Moldova

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Chisinau

How long have you lived there?

3 years

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The people are remarkably homogeneous. Be prepared for unabashed stares if you don't fit the typical mold. A lot of people judge based on appearance, but are willing to make friends regardless, and a friend will stick by you no matter what.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There are a lot of jobs for expats teaching English or doing editing work. Moldovans are highly educated and place great emphasis on educational standards. Agriculture is central to the economy, though, so there are a significant number of jobs in agricultural consulting, micro-enterprise development, as well as university level teaching.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

It's much more laid back than the states. The pace of life is slower, family is of utmost importance, and people make sure to take time out for social gatherings - often, in summer, in the forest for "shashlyk," or a type of shishkabob.

Moving to Moldova?

Get FREE quotes from up to 6 international movers from The Relocator. Save up to 50% on your move to Moldova! The Relocator offers an easy and free service to receive quotes from renowned and certified movers worldwide. They only work with qualified moving companies. Over 500 movers worldwide have already joined their service to help you get the best price and service for your international move. Get your moving quotes.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be aware of the language issue - Russian tends to be the language of commerce, but it's also seen by many as the language of oppression. Only around 13% of the population is ethnic Russian. The majority are Moldovan and speak Romanian (though Russians call it "Moldovan," in an effort to impose psychological separation between Romania and Moldova). It's a touchy issue, entwined in the country's history.

Make sure to visit the wineries - they're amazing, and during the summer and fall do most of your food shopping at the outdoor markets - the prices are cheap and you'll get some of the best produce you've ever had.

Bring with you a good pair of jeans, and some smart clothes. People dress up for all types of occasions, and just walking down the street is like walking through a fashion magazine. But you also wonder where they get this stuff, because the selection you find in stores and at the market is meager and overpriced. You can get a good winter coat cheap over there, but take a good pair of lined, waterproof boots with you for winter. Take with you any kitchen tools you can't live without, though now you can get things like a garlic press and can opener. If you're going to take electrical appliances, also take an adapter.

Good medicines are easy to find, just don't be afraid to ask the pharmacist what they recommend for your symptoms. Lasagna noodles and pepperoni were the 2 foods we could never ever find, but most everything else could be either found or approximated. Tupperware, on the other hand, is scarce and expensive.

GeoBlue International Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Moldova from our partner, GeoBlue.
Get a Quote

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Moldova from our partner, GeoBlue.
Get a Quote Call  

GeoBlue International Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Moldova from our partner, GeoBlue.
Get a Quote

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Moldova from our partner, GeoBlue.
Get a Quote Call  

Living in Moldova GuideLiving in Moldova Guide

Guide to Living in Moldova covering expat life, local culture, finding a home, diversity and more.

Moldova Forum Moldova Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in Moldova.

Retiring in MoldovaRetiring in Moldova

Advice for people retiring in Moldova.

Contribute to Moldova Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Moldova.

Copyright 1997-2021 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal