Bulgaria, or the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is just west of the Black Sea and North of Greece and Turkey. The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia. There are just over 7,000,000 residents of Bulgaria, according to most recent estimates.
Bulgarian is the most common language spoken in Bulgaria. Nearly 85% of residents speak this as the primary or only language. Other common languages spoken include Turkish and Roma (Gypsy). Some students will learn French or English in school, but this is not commonly spoken in the business or commercial world.
- Soccer is the most popular sport in Bulgaria.
- Bulgaria is the sixth country in the world to have sent an astronaut into space.
- Bulgarian Air Force developed the first air-dropped bomb in military history, during the First Balkan War.
- Bulgaria’s patron saint, John of Rila, made meditation a focus during the entirety of his life.
- Computer literacy and usage is also higher in Bulgaria, which was once referred to as the Silicon Valley of Europe.
- On the first of March, Bulgarians have a tradition in which they gift each other little dolls made of white and red thread called ‘martenistas.’ This is a ritual meant to welcome the spring and the happiness that comes with it.
- Bulgaria is one of the world’s largest producers of wine. The country produces over 200,000 tons of wine per year.
- Over one-third of the country is covered in forest; there is much of the country that has not been well explored, making it somewhat of a mystery to most of the world.
- The best-known Bulgarian athlete is Dimitar Berbatov, a footballer who plays for Manchester United.