Republic of BulgariaРепублика България

Republika Balgariya

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Flag Coat of arms

Мила Родино  (Bulgarian) Mila Rodino  (transliteration) Dear Motherland

Location of  Bulgaria  (green)

– in Europe  (light-green & grey) – in the European Union  (light-green)  —  [Legend]


and largest city


42°41′N 23°19′E / 42.683°N 23.317°E / 42.683; 23.317

Official languages Bulgarian
Official script Cyrillic
Ethnic groups (2011[1]) 84.8% Bulgarians[show]*8.8% Turks*4.9% Roma*0.1% Russians
  • 0.1% Armenians
  • 0.5% others
  • 1.2% undetermined
Government Unitary parliamentary republic
 -  President Rosen Plevneliev
 -  Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Legislature National Assembly
 -  Medieval states:
 -  First Bulgarian Empire 681 
 -  Second Bulgarian Empire 1185 
 -  Modern state:
 -  Principality of Bulgaria 19 February 1878 
 -  Independence 22 September 1908 
 -  Total 110,994 km2 (105th)

42,823 sq mi 

 -  Water (%) 0.3
 -  2011 census 7,364,570 [2] (98th)
 -  Density 66.2/km2 (139th)

171/sq mi

GDP (PPP) 2012 estimate
 -  Total $103.705 billion[3] (66th)
 -  Per capita $14,235[3] (69th)
GDP (nominal) 2012 estimate
 -  Total $50.806 billion[3] (72th)
 -  Per capita $6,974[3] (76th)
Gini (2007) 28.2[4] (low)
HDI (2011)  0.771[5] (high / 55th)
Currency Lev (BGN)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 -  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Drives on the right
Calling code 359
ISO 3166 code BG
Internet TLD .bg
[3]i/bʌlˈɡɛəriə/ (Bulgarian: България, IPA: [bɤ̞ɫˈɡarijɐ]), officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe's 14th-largest country. Its location has made it a historical crossroad for various civilisations and as such it is the home of some of the earliest metalworking, religious and other cultural artifacts in the world.[6][7][8][9]

Prehistoric cultures began developing on Bulgarian lands during the Neolithic period. Its ancient history saw the presence of the Thracians, and later by the Greeks and Romans. The emergence of a unified Bulgarian state dates back to the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681 AD, which dominated most of the Balkans and functioned as a cultural hub for Slavic peoples during the Middle Ages. With the downfall of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1396, its territories came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 created the Third Bulgarian State, which became independent in 1908. The following years saw several conflicts with its neighbours, which prompted Bulgaria to align with Germany in both World Wars. In 1946 it became a Socialist state with a single-party system. In 1989 the Communist Party allowed multi-party elections, following which Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and a market-based economy.

The population of 7.36 million people is predominantly urban and mainly concentrated in the administrative centres of its 28 provinces. Most commercial and cultural activities are concentrated in the capital Sofia. The strongest sectors of the economy are heavy industry, power engineering and agriculture, all relying on local natural resources.

The current political structure dates to the adoption of a democratic constitution in 1991. Bulgaria is a unitary parliamentary republic with a high degree of political, administrative and economic centralisation. It is a member of the European Union, NATO and the Council of Europe; a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and has taken a seat at the UN Security Council three times.

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