MICE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

BULGARIA

BULGARIA

AREA and LOCATION

The newest member of the EU (together with Romania, since 2007) extend in the area of 110,910 square kilometres. Bulgaria is located in the south central Europe. The terrain is varied, containing large mountainous areas, fertile valleys, plains and a coastline along the Black See.

 

THE CAPITAL CITY and MAJOR CITIES

Sofia is the capital city with a population of 1,293,559 inhabitants. The other big cities include Plovdiv (380,130 inhabitants), Varna (363,425 inhabitants), Burgas  (229,250), Rousse (175,058), Stara Zagora  (162,414 people).

 

CLIMATE

Continental – it means mild summers and cold snowy winters. Average temperature during January vary from –2 to 2°C, and in mountains it is about –10°C. Average temperature for the month of June vary from 19 – 25°C.

 

AREA CODE

+359

 

CURRENCY

The Bulgarian LEV. 1 EUR=1,96 LEV, 1 USD=1, 42 LEV.

 

DISTANCES

Sofia is located 502 km from Istanbul, 681 km from Zagreb – Croatia, 818 km fro, Vienna, 888 km from Rome and 1064 km from Prague.

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Fire-brigade   160

First Aid    150

Police   166

Road Assistance   146

Telef. info  144

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Sofia www.sofia-airport.bg

Plovdiv www.plovdivairport.com

Burgas www.burgas-airport.com

Varna www.varna-airport.bg

 

LANGUAGE

Bulgarian language is a part of the group of „Slavic languages“. The alphabet used by Bulgarians is Cyrillic.

 

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

January 1: New Year, Easter, March 3, the day of the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman domination (1878), May 1: Labour Day, May 6: Bulgarian Army Day, May 24: Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture and the Slav Script, September 6: Bulgarian’s Unification, September 22: Independence Day, December 25 and 26: Christmas.

 

POLITICAL SYSTEM

Since 1991, Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic.

 

POPULATION

7,101,859 ihnabitants. Ehnic groups include Bulgarian which represent 83,9% of the population, Turkish with 9,42 % of the population and Gypsies (Roma) – 4, 67 % of the population.

 

POWER NETWORK

220 V; 50 Hz.

 

PRESIDENT

Rumen Radev

 

RAIL TRANSPORT

www.bdz.bg

 

SMOKING

Bulgaria ranks second after Greece in the European Union in terms of number of regular smokers as a percentage of the population, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. Restaurants, bars and cafes are required by law to provide non smoking areas. Usually this is set of 2 or 3 tables in some cases surrounded by tables for smokers.

Of course, international hotel chains and luxury hotels have designed no-smoking floors.

 

TIME

GMT (London) + 2 hours, East European Time (Germany) + 1 hour.

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