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Bulgaria

Facts and stats about Bulgaria

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Author: Edsel.G

Bulgaria is a country in the Balkans and is the 14th largest country in Europe. The country has been an independent state since the 6th century. However, all throughout its lengthy history, the country has struggled to fend off foreign invasions and maintain its sovereignty. Towards the closing of the 14th century, the country was invaded and occupied by the Ottoman Empire. This occupation lasted for several centuries and ended only in the early 1900s.

Bulgaria took part in the two world wars. However, its experience had always been a bad one because it always took the losing side. In effect, Bulgaria was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union after World War II. It gained independence from the huge communist rule after the USSR broke apart in the 1990s. After its independence, the country struggled to uplift its devastated economy, fix ageing and outdated infrastructures, feed the hungry Bulgarian population, and stabilize its newly created democratic government.

Today, Bulgaria is classified by the World Bank as an upper middle emerging market economy. The move to strengthen its democratic form of government and Western-style free market has been largely felt as 80% of the country’s GDP is attributed to private-owned companies. Bulgaria finally became a part of the NATO last 2004, and got accepted in the EU by 2007.

Although dramatic improvement in the infrastructure and the economy is being experienced, the country is still being battered by inflation and corruption.

6.98 million

Population. Ranked 101st in 2013.

$6,986.04

GDP per capita. Ranked 72nd in 2012.

Borders

Greece 494 km, Macedonia 148 km, Romania 608 km, Serbia 318 km, Turkey 240 km
Largest city Sofia - 1,113,674
Capital city Sofia - 1,113,674
Major language Bulgarian
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit lev
Prime minister Plamen Oresharski
Alternative names Bulgaria, Republic of Bulgaria
Groups Christian countries, Eastern Europe, Emerging markets, Europe, European Union, NATO countries, World

Interesting observations about Bulgaria

Bulgaria ranked first for death rate, crude > per 1,000 people amongst Europe in 2011.
Bulgaria ranked first for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Emerging markets in 2013.
Bulgaria ranked first for death rate amongst European Union in 2013.
Bulgaria ranked third for secondary education, duration > years amongst Christian countries in 2012.
Bulgaria ranked second last for GDP per capita amongst NATO countries in 2012.
Bulgaria ranked second last for population growth rate amongst Eastern Europe in 2013.

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Bulgaria is a country in the Balkans and is the 14th largest country in Europe. The country has been an independent state since the 6th century. However, all throughout its lengthy history, the country has struggled to fend off foreign invasions and maintain its sovereignty. Towards the closing of the 14th century, the country was invaded and occupied by the Ottoman Empire. This occupation lasted for several centuries and ended only in the early 1900s.

Bulgaria took part in the two world wars. However, its experience had always been a bad one because it always took the losing side. In effect, Bulgaria was occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union after World War II. It gained independence from the huge communist rule after the USSR broke apart in the 1990s. After its independence, the country struggled to uplift its devastated economy, fix ageing and outdated infrastructures, feed the hungry Bulgarian population, and stabilize its newly created democratic government.

Today, Bulgaria is classified by the World Bank as an upper middle emerging market economy. The move to strengthen its democratic form of government and Western-style free market has been largely felt as 80% of the country’s GDP is attributed to private-owned companies. Bulgaria finally became a part of the NATO last 2004, and got accepted in the EU by 2007.

Although dramatic improvement in the infrastructure and the economy is being experienced, the country is still being battered by inflation and corruption.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

Edsel.G

Edsel.G

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Bulgaria is very old country. Officially founded in 681 year with the name Bulgaria. Never been a part of USSR. About the names that sounds like Russian ones - see may be you not believe me, but when Bulgarians have these names Russia event doesn't exist! About Cyrillic alphabet - it is created in 7-8 century by brothers Cyril and Methodist. Mother - Slavianic, father - Greek. Populated and accepted by Bulgarian kings. Accepted as a official writting rule also for the church, translating all holly books in Cyrillic. Now Russia is a very powerful country, but at this moment(7-8 century)it wasn't the same. Russia still didn't exist! Bulgarian's are official christian country from year 855 AD. Let stop. You can read more about Bulgarian history at:
http://www.bulgaria.com/history/bulgaria/

Posted on 31 Oct 2005

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