Last modified: January 26, 2024

About Bulgaria – Facts & Figures

To start with, Bulgaria is a EU member. At last, we are fully resuming our place in cultural Europe. Moreover, this is a homecoming both for Bulgaria and for our cousins in the rest of Europe. Remarkable archaeological discoveries have been made during the last decades. And they all show so many roots of European civilization found here.
And yet, just a few years ago, it was often asked “Where is Bulgaria exactly?” Above all, Bulgaria is becoming the second home for many discerning Europeans. Furthermore, budget carriers increase flights to Bulgaria. Thus more and more travellers include Bulgaria in their travel calendar – and for good reason. Finally, we have a stable currency, excellent safety record, a great four-season climate, stunning landscapes, a variety of cultural and historical sites, flamboyant folklore. Summing up, beyond all these riches, there are so many friendly and welcoming people.

Here are some facts and figures about Bulgaria and the Official Holidays in 2024

About Bulgaria – Facts & Figures:

Bulgaria occupies the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, in Southeast Europe. County’s area is 110 000 It has common borders with Greece and Turkey to the South, Macedonia and Serbia  to the west and Romania to the north. The Danube river is its boundary with Romania, except in Dobroudzha. To the east is the Black Sea. It links Bulgaria with Ukraine, Russia and Georgia. And by way of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, with the countries bordering on the Mediterranean.

POPULATION: 6,873,085 (2021)

GNI PER CAPITA: 9,540  USD (2020)

ECONOMIC GROWTH: 3,8 % (2021)

INFLATION: 2,4% (2021)

UNEMPLOYMENT: 5,5% (2021)

About Bulgaria – Cities, Religion, Ethnic Groups

CAPITAL: Sofia (1 222 000 citizens)

PRINCIPAL CITIES: Plovdiv (340 000), Varna (300 000), Bourgas   (195 000), and Rousse (166 000)

RELIGION: Bulgarian Orthodox (86,6%), Muslim (13,1 %), Other (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Armenian – 0,3%)

ETHNIC GROUPS: Bulgarian 85 %, Turkish 9%, other 6% (Roma, Jews, Russians, Greeks)

About Bulgaria – Official Holidays 2024

January 1st – New Year’s Day
March 3rd – National Holiday
Easter – May 5,2024
May 1st – Labour Day
May 6th – St. George’s Day – Bulgaria’s Valour Day
May 24th – Day of the Cyrillic Alphabet and Bulgarian Culture
September 6th – Day of Reunification (1885)
September 22nd – Bulgarian Independence Day
November 1st – Day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders – National Revival Day
December 24th, 25th – Christmas
December 31st – New Year’s Eve