Public Holidays in Moldova for 2019
Moldova is often overlooked, but that should not be the case because it is a beautiful country with significant monasteries, ancient forests, and delicious local wines. Moldova has the right history and fertile soil that is perfect for vineyards. Moldova is unique, and it is worth your attention.
Moldova has a temperate climate and excellent farmland, but there are no significant deposits. However, it has a lot of energy supplies. Therefore, the economy is heavily dependent on natural produce.
The GDP of Moldova has been growing in the past years. Even if it was mostly based on consumption from the money that Moldovans earned outside the country, the GDP never stopped growing.
Moldova has 45 public holidays, and you must be aware of this if you want to open a business here. Learn more now.
What Employers Must Know About Moldova Public Holidays
Employees are entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave, and this does not include public holidays. They can take the vacation in parts, but one part must not be less than 14 calendar days.
Generally, the workweek in Moldova is 40 hours. That means working five days a week for eight hours a day. If it is a holiday the next day, the work hours are decreased by an hour.
The employees may take a paid sick leave if they show a medical certificate. The state insurance pays for the sick leave.
In general, female employees can have a maternity leave of 70 calendar days before giving birth and 56 calendar days after delivery. Employees can also have a partially paid holiday until their child is three years old. The holiday duration will depend on the seniority of the employee.
Dates of the Moldova Public Holiday 2019
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||National|
|7 January||Monday||Orthodox Christmas Day||National|
|8 Jan||Tuesday||Orthodox Christmas Day holiday||National|
|1 March||Friday||Martisor (first day of spring)||Observance|
|8 March||Friday||International Women’s Day||National|
|13 April||Saturday||Special working day||Observance|
|26 April||Friday||Orthodox Good Friday||Observance|
|27 April||Saturday||Orthodox Holy Saturday||Observance|
|27 April||Saturday||State Flag Day||Observance|
|28 April||Sunday||Orthodox Easter Sunday||National|
|29 April||Monday||Orthodox Easter Monday||National|
|30 April||Tuesday||Orthodox Easter Monday holiday||National|
|1 May||Wednesday||International Day of Solidarity of Workers||National|
|6 May||Monday||Memorial Day/Parents’ Day||National|
|9 May||Thursday||Victory Day||National|
|9 May||Thursday||Europe Day||Observance|
|10 May||Friday||Victory Day holiday||National|
|15 May||Wednesday||Family Day||Observance|
|18 May||Saturday||Special Working Day||Observance|
|26 May||Sunday||Dniester Day||Observance|
|1 June||Saturday||International Children’s Day||National|
|5 June||Wednesday||World Environment Day||Observance|
|23 June||Sunday||Statehood Day||Observance|
|29 July||Monday||Constitution Day||Observance|
|17 August||Saturday||Special Working Day||Observance|
|26 August||Monday||Independence Day holiday||National|
|27 August||Tuesday||Independence Day||National|
|31 August||Saturday||Language Day||National|
|5 October||Saturday||Wine Day (Day 1)||Observance|
|6 October||Sunday||Wine Day (Day 2)||Observance|
|14 October||Monday||Chisinau Day||Regional|
|21 November||Thursday||Cahul City Day||Regional|
|10 December||Tuesday||International Human Rights Day||Observance|
|24 December||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|25 December||Wednesday||Christmas Day||National|
|31 December||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Benefits of Employees During Public Holidays
Employees who work on a public holiday must-have double wages. Generally, a public holiday is a day of rest for employees. However, it is normal in some sectors to work during a holiday because of the nature of work. For instance, bus drivers, customer service, etc. Employees with workdays that coincide with public holidays must be paid double wages. The employee and employer can agree that instead of double salaries, working on a public holiday can be compensated with time off from work, and paid the usual wage.
Doing Business in Moldova
Moldova has progressed in terms of setting up businesses. Moldova is in the 48th position among 190 countries when it comes to a range of business indicators.
Moldova has a total value of exports and imports that takes up 86.7% of its GDP. They apply an average tariff of 3.5%. They treat foreign investors the same as domestic investors, and their country is conducive to growth for any business. Also, there are plenty of opportunities here.
Now you know why you must set up a business in Moldova, and why it is worth it.