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The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People’s Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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Bulgaria Tourism Information…

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Bulgaria Tourism Information…

Northwest Bulgaria
Black Sea Coast
Southwest Bulgaria
Central Northern Bulgaria
Northern Thrace
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  
Bansko
Belogradchik Fortress
Burgas
Nessebar
Plovdiv Roman Theater
Old Town
Rila Monestary
Sofia Boyana Church
St. Alexandar Nevski Cathedral
Rotunda of St. George
St. Sofia Church
Sozopol
Sunny Beach
Varna
Veliko Tarnovo

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Bulgaria Country Information…

Capital:

Sofia

Largest City:

Sofia

Government:

Parliamentary Democracy

Currency:

lev (BGN)

Area:

Total: 110,879 sq km land: 108,489 sq km (42,854 sq mi) Ranked 103rd water: 2,390 sq km 

Climate:

Temperate; cold, damp winters; hot, dry summers

Population:

7,144,653 (July 2016 est.) ranked 102nd

Language:

Bulgarian (official) 76.8%, Turkish 8.2%, Roma 3.8%, other 0.7%, unspecified 10.5% (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Bulgarian 76.9%, Turkish 8%, Roma 4.4%, other 0.7% (including Russian, Armenian, and Vlach), other (unknown) 10% (2011 est.)

Religion:

Eastern Orthodox 59.4%, Muslim 7.8%, other (including Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, and Jewish) 1.7%, none 3.7%, unspecified 27.4% (2011 est.)

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C, F )

Telephone Code:

+359

Local Emergency Phone Number:

Ambulance: 150; Fire: 160; Police: 166

Internet TLD:

.bg

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

Съединението прави силата (Bulgarian) “Unity Makes Strength”

President:

Rumen Radev

Prime Minister:

Boyko Borisov

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Holidays and Observances in Bulgaria in 2021

Date NameType
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Feb 1MondayDay of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist RegimeObservance
Mar 1MondayBaba MartaObservance
Mar 3WednesdayLiberation DayNational holiday
Mar 20SaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 28SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Apr 30FridayGood FridayNational holiday
May 1SaturdayHoly SaturdayNational holiday
May 1SaturdayLabor DayNational holiday
May 2SundayEaster SundayNational holiday
May 3MondayEaster MondayNational holiday
May 4TuesdayDay off for Labor DayNational holiday
May 6ThursdaySt. George’s DayNational holiday
May 24MondayCulture and Literacy DayNational holiday
Jun 21MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 1ThursdayJuly MorningObservance
Sep 6MondayUnification DayNational holiday
Sep 22WednesdayIndependence DayNational holiday
Sep 22WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 31SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Nov 1MondayRevival DayObservance
Dec 21TuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveNational holiday
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayNational holiday
Dec 26SundaySecond day of ChristmasNational holiday
Dec 27MondayChristmas holidayNational holiday
Dec 28TuesdayChristmas holidayNational holiday