As one of the youngest EU member states, this beautiful country boasts a rich and diverse culture, temperate climate and ideal location in Southeast Europe. The ideal gateway into the European economy and way of life, Bulgaria is diverse, culturally rich and perfectly placed for working and travelling in and around the continent.
- Officially known as the Republic of Bulgaria, the nation is home to 6.9 million people. Total area: 110,879 km2.
- The capital Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe and one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Europe.
- The country is a member of the EU, EEA, UN, NATO, WTO, OSCE, and BSEC, and plans to join the Schengen area in the near future.
- There is a stable political parliamentary democracy.
- It is an industrialised upper-middle-income, free–market economy.
- The country is a leading European producer of copper and zinc. Other major industries include electronics, chemicals, mining, machinery, steel, vehicle components, and firearms.
- The country has almost 40,000 km of roads and over 4,000 km of railways. There are 130 paved runway airports in the country.
- The cost of living in Bulgaria is generally cheaper than that of Western European countries.
- GDP – $105.5 bn (2012), GDP per capita – $14,500
- Eastern European Time (UTC +2).
- Age Demographics: 0-14: 14.2%, 15-64: 66.9%, 65+: 18.9%.
- Languages: Bulgarian: 76.9%, Turkish: 8.2%, Roma: 3.8%, Other: 11.1%.
- Religions: Eastern Orthodox: 59.4%, Muslim: 7.8%, Other: 29.1%, None: 3.7%.