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Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.

Languages: Bulgarian (official) 83.93%, Turkish 9.42%, Romani 4.67%, others 0.87%

Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian 77.1%, Turk 14.2%, Roma 2.4%, Romanian 1.9%, Armenian 0.4%, Greek 1.8%, Jewish 0.9%, Tatar 0.5%

Belief Systems: Orthodox Christian 83%, Muslim 12%, Roman Catholic 0.6%, Protestant 0.6%, no religion/other religion 3.8%


Population: 7.3 million people (World Rank: 100th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 174 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 146th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: -0.654 %/yr (World Rank: 236th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 73.5 years (World Rank: 124th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 42.4 years (World Rank: 4th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Bulgaria
University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Bulgaria

Bulgaria - Wikipedia Entry

Bulgaria - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Bulgaria

Bulgaria - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Bulgaria

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Bulgaria
All about Bulgaria as a tourism destination

Bulgarian Cultural Festival Event Calender

Bulgarian Beaches
List of beaches in Bulgaria

Rila Monastery
Largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Language Resources:

Learn Bulgarian
Free online Bulgarian resource

Study in Bulgaria
Learn Bulgarian by studing in Bulgaria through the ISEP Exchange program

Government Related:

Bulgarian Embassy
Located in Washingon D.C.

Bulgarian Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

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