Key Facts about Bulgaria
1. EU Accession in 2007
2. Full member of NATO
3. Political stability
4. Rapid economic growth
5. Constant world-wide investment interest
6. Low property prices
7. Expanding tourist industry
8. Lower cost of living
9. Healthy climate
10. Friendly atmosphere
Bulgaria has a population of 7.85 million across an area of 110,912 sq.km
Bulgaria borders Greece and Turkey to the South, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro to the West. The River Danube separates it from Romania to the North. Its natural eastern border is the Black Sea.
Bulgaria ranks fifteenth in size among the European countries.
Capital city: Sofia, with 1,200,000 inhabitants
Other big cities: Plovdiv (350,000 inhabitants), Varna (300,000), Bourgas (200,000), Stara Zagora (150,000), Rousse (140,000), Pleven (120,000), Veliko Tarnovo (80,000)
Airports: Sofia, Varna, Bourgas, Gorna Oriahovica (10km from Veliko Tarnovo)
Harbours: on the Black Sea - Varna, Bourgas, Balchick, Nessebur; on the Danube - Vidin, Lom, Oriakhovo, Nickopol, Svishtov, Rousse, Toutrackan, Sillistra
Monetary unit: lev( 1 EUR = 1.955 LEVA), with bank-notes (bills) of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 leva.
Official language: Bulgarian
Relief: The lowlands occupy 31%, the plains and the hilly terrains 41%, and the mountains 28% of the country.s territory. The larger mountain ranges are the Balkan mountains (with its highest peak Botev - 2376 m), the Rhodopes (highest peak - Goliam Perrelick - 2191 m), Rila (highest peak - Moussala - 2925 m), Pirin (highest peak - Vihren - 2914m), Vitosha (highest peak - Cherni Vruh - 2290 m).ghest peak Botev - 2376 m), the Rhodopes (highest peak - Goliam Perrelick - 2191 m), Rila (highest peak - Moussala - 2925 m), Pirin (highest peak - Vihren - 2914m), Vitosha (highest peak - Cherni Vruh - 2290 m).