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Bulgaria: The Land of Alpine Peak

Bulgaria’s earliest inhabitants were the Thracians and despite continuous conquests they have left out a considerable imprint on the present Bulgarian territory. In the early 1990’s, Bulgaria faced constant political instability and was under a communist regime until the 19th century when it gained independence. Presently, Bulgaria stands distinct comprising a significant number of historical relics, magnificent churches and an upholder of Balkan Christian tradition.

Bulgaria Fast Facts:

    · National Name: Republic of Bulgaria
    · Capital: Sofia
    · Total area: 110,994 sq km (42,855 sq miles)
    · Population: 7.6 million (UN, 2007)
    · Currency: Lev (BGL)
    · Languages: Bulgarian 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Bulgarian 83.9%, Turk 9.4%, Roma 4.7%, other 2% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian) (2001 census)
    · Religion: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, other Christian 1.2%, other 4% (2001 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $11,800 (2007 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: 69 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
    · Literacy Rate: 98.2% (2001 census)

Geography, Climate and Economy of Bulgaria:
Bulgaria has a notably diverse terrain comprising rugged snow capped peaks of Alpine Balkan Mountains, Black sea coast and Macedonian valleys in the southern Thrace. The southwestern part of the country has two prominent alpine ranges known as Rila and Prin and the more extensive Rhodope Mountains. The lowest point is Black Sea at 0m and the highest point is Musala at a height of 2,925m.

The climate of Bulgaria is usually temperate having cold and damp winters and hot, dry summers. The Black Sea’s coastal area has a relatively temperate climate along with strong and violent storms during the winters. While at the highest points of Bulgarian relief the climate is alpine in nature and the lowest parts have subtropical temperature.

Bulgaria’s main industries include refined petroleum, machinery equipments, beverage and tobacco and also it exports the same.

Culture and Cuisine of Bulgaria:
Bulgarians are orthodox Christian believers due to the past influences of Ottoman and Communist rule. They are very proud of their cultural heritage, which has Thracian imprints. Folklore and story telling form an integral part of their traditional rituals. They are also known for their love for traditional as well as modern music along with folk dances.

A typical Bulgarian cuisine consists of variety of salads. Besides this some of the main dishes are Moussaka, Gyuvetch, Sarmi, Kebabche, Kavarma and many others. Along with this Bulgaria offers a wide variety of alcoholic drinks such as rakia, mastika, menta and the most popular Bulgarian wine.

Tourist Attractions of Bulgaria:
Bulgaria offers a plethora of tourist sites to visit ranging from architecturally built churches to National Art galleries and ethnographic museums. One of the unique Belgian cultural center is at Plovdiv Old Town, which incorporates a Roman amphitheatre dating back to 18th and 19th century. And the Rila Monastery is one of the prominent symbols representing Bulgaria’s national identity.

Some other Tourist Sites are:

    · Boyana Church in Sofia
    · National Art Gallery
    · Aladzha Monastery
    · Beglik Tash
    · Dourankoulak Moor
    · Kaliakra Cape
    · Taukliman
    · Yaylata / Kamen Briag

MiG-29 crashes during Bulgarian-US drill

April 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Sofia, April 26 (IANS) A MiG-29 fighter jet crashed Thursday near an airbase, 150 km from the Bulgarian capital, during a US-Bulgaria drill. However, its two pilots ejected successfully and returned to the base, media reported.

Asian mosquitoes to hit Britain with dengue

April 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) A mosquito from Asia that spreads tropical diseases, including dengue fever, may soon hit the shores of Britain because of climate change, experts have said.

Bulgaria opens consulate in Hyderabad

April 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hyderabad, April 20 (IANS) Bulgaria is all set to open its consulate in Hyderabad following the appointment of Y. Kiran Kumar, chief executive officer of Suchir India -- a major infrastructure player, as honorary consul.


Russian n-reactor designer held for fraud

April 18, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The chief of Russian nuclear reactor design bureau Gidropress, a subsidiary of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, has been detained on suspicion of an 18-million-ruble ($600,000) fraud.

Fugitive in Berlusconi sex scandal arrested

April 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) A man accused of involvement in a sex scandal along with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was arrested Monday after having been on the run for six months.

Lady Gaga all set for her European dates

April 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

World's famous star Lady Gaga is all set to embark her another world tour in which she will be beets her 21 European dates.

Lady Gaga announces European tour dates

April 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

London, Apr 11 (ANI): Lady Gaga is gearing up for another world tour as she announced the dates for the European leg of her 'Born This Way Ball' tour.

Selena Gomez pausing music career to focus on acting

April 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Washington, April 10 (ANI): Selena Gomez is taking a sabbatical from music to focus on her acting career after lining up her first action movie alongside Ethan Hawke.

Gomez to star in 'The Getaway'

April 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Los Angeles, April 10 (IANS) Singer-actress Selena Gomez has revealed that she will work in action film "The Getaway" with actor Ethan Hawke.

Gallup poll declares Denmark happiest nation in the world, Togo unhappiest

April 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Los Angeles (US), Apr.3 (ANI): Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland and Norway have been declared the three happiest nations in the world during the last six years (2005 to 2011), according to a Gallup poll.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Travel management firm Egencia expands global footprint to seven new countries

February 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Gurgaon, Feb.1 (ANI): Travel management company Egencia on Wednesday announced that it has expanded its global footprint to seven more countries.

Travel management firm Egencia expands global footprint to seven new countries

February 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Gurgaon, Feb.1 (ANI): Travel management company Egencia on Wednesday announced that it has expanded its global footprint to seven more countries.

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