138,000 in Moldova (2000). Population total all countries: 173,920.
Comrat, Ceadîr-Lunga, Basarabeasca, Taraclia and Vulcânsti areas and towns. Also in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russian Federation, Ukraine.
Bulgar Gagauzi, Maritime Gagauzi. Similar to Turkish [tur], but uses Russian Orthodox Christian religious vocabulary in contrast to Islamic vocabulary of Turkish.
89% speak it as L1.