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Bulgaria Facts And Figures

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Research and Facts about Bulgaria

  • Data for Bulgaria collected from the CIA World Factbook – Bulgaria


South-eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey


110,910 sq km


110,550 sq km


360 sq km

Land Boundaries:

Total: 1,808 km

Border Countries:

Greece 494 km, Macedonia 148 km, Romania 608 km, Serbia and Montenegro 318 km, Turkey 240 km


354km (Black Sea)


Temperate, cold, damp winters, hot, dry summers


Mostly mountains with lowlands in north and southeast


Strategic location near Turkish Straits; controls key land routes from Europe to Middle East and Asia


7,450,349 (July 2005 est.)

Age Structure:

0-14 Years:

13.9% (male 527,881/female 502,334)

15-64 Years:

68.7% (male 2,496,054/female 2,579,680)

65 Years and Over:

17.3% (male 527,027/female 752,391) (2006 est.)

Average Age:


40.8 years


38.7 years


42.9 years (2006 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Bulgarian 83.9%, Turk 9.4%, Roma 4.7%, other 2% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian) (2001 census)


Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, other Christian 1.2%, other 4% (2001 census)



Bulgarian 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)



Parliamentary Democracy




28 provinces; Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Khaskovo, Kurdzhali, Kyustendil, Lovech, Montana, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Ruse, Shumen, Silistra, Sliven, Smolyan, Sofiya, Sofiya-Grad, Stara Zagora, Turgovishte, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, Vidin, Vratsa, Yambol


22 September 1908 (complete independence from the Ottoman Empire)



Leva (BGL)

Exchange Rates:

1.00 BGL = 0.513196 EUR (€)
1.00 BGL = 0.347734 GBP (£)
1.00 BGL = 0.614402 USD ($) (Dec´ 05)


€51,183,000 (Est 2004)

GDP Growth Rate:

6.5% (2006 est.)

Economic Sectors:

Agriculture: 11.5%
industry: 30.1%
services: 58.4% (2004 est.)

Labour Occupations:

Agriculture 11%, industry 32.7%, services 56.3% (2004 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

9.6% (2006 est.)

Inflation Rate:

6.5% (2006 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

Vegetables, fruits, tobacco, livestock, wine, wheat, barley, sunflowers, sugar beets



Total: 4,294 km track


328km (not including EU funded Motorways under construction)





International Airports:

Burgas BOJ
Plovdiv PDV
Sofia SOF
Varna VAR

Ports & Harbours:

Burgas, Varna (Black Sea)


Mains Telephones:

2.483 million (2005)

Mobile Telephones:

6.245 million (2005)

Television Stations:

39 Terrestrial plus Satellite

Internet Users:

2.2 million (2005)

Country Internet Code:


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