Bulgaria

Country Bulgaria
Capital Sofia
Continent Europe
Currency Lev(BGN)
Languages Bulgarian

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Introduction

The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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Bulgaria - CIA World Fact Book
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Bulgaria sets early vote for March 26, ex-parliament speaker to be interim PM - Reuters

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Bulgaria sets early vote for March 26, ex-parliament speaker to be interim PM
Reuters
SOFIA Bulgaria's president on Tuesday called an early national election for March 26 and appointed former parliament speaker Ognyan Gerdzhikov as caretaker prime minister until then. Gerdzhikov, 70, currently a professor of law and head of an ...
Bulgaria: President Sets Date for Early General ElectionsABC News
Bulgaria former parliamentary speaker to be appointed as interim PM-sourcesYahoo Finance
Bulgaria President Sets Snap Parliamentary Elections for March 26 - DecreeSputnik International
New York Times -Balkan Insight -New Europe
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Outgoing energy minister: No electricity import in Bulgaria - Focus News

Focus News

Outgoing energy minister: No electricity import in Bulgaria
Focus News
Sofia. “There is no electricity import in Bulgaria.” Bulgarian outgoing Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova said speaking at a briefing at parliament, addressing claims from the oppositional BSP Left Bulgaria that there was a threat the Bulgarian ...
Energy regulator: Bulgaria not at risk of power cutsThe Sofia Globe

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Bulgaria tops EU chart in terms of highest tourism nights growth in 2016 - Focus News

Focus News

Bulgaria tops EU chart in terms of highest tourism nights growth in 2016
Focus News
The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in 2016 grew in nearly all Member States for which data are available, with the largest increases being observed in Bulgaria (+17.9%) and Slovakia (+16.0%), followed by Poland (+11.8%) ...
Bulgaria saw highest increase in tourism nights among EU countries in 2016 – EurostatThe Sofia Globe
Bulgaria posts highest growth in tourist overnights in 2016 among EU members – EurostatSeeNews

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2 die, 9 injured in road accidents in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours - Focus News

2 die, 9 injured in road accidents in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours
Focus News
Sofia. Two people died, while nine were injured in the road accidents that occurred on the territory of Bulgaria in the past twenty-four hours, the press office of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry announced. Ten serious road accidents were registered ...



Tennis: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov so far strongest player in the world for 2017 - Focus News

Tennis: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov so far strongest player in the world for 2017
Focus News
Sofia. Bulgarian best tennis player Grigor Dimitrov is the best tennis player since the start of the year, at least according to dry statistics. Grigor had a great start of the new season, winning the title of the Brisbane International in Australia ...

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Five Parties Have Chance to Enter Bulgaria's Parliament - Poll - Novinite.com

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Five Parties Have Chance to Enter Bulgaria's Parliament - Poll
Novinite.com
GERB, the senior partner in the outgoing coalition government, has an edge of less than three percent over the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and is set to be again the biggest in Bulgaria's Parliament, according to the poll conducted by Trend agency.

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10 km queue of trucks at Bulgaria's Danube Bridge 2 checkpoint - Focus News

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10 km queue of trucks at Bulgaria's Danube Bridge 2 checkpoint
Focus News
Sofia. There is intensive traffic through the Bulgarian-Romanian border, the press office of the General Directorate of Border Police announced. About 10 km of freight vehicles has formed at the Danube Bridge and Danube Bridge 2 border checkpoints.
Bulgarian Truck Drivers Block Danube Bridge between Vidin, CalafatNovinite.com
Bulgarian foreign minister contacts Romanian counterpart over Danube Bridge traffic problemsThe Sofia Globe

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Kronospan to Invest BGN 300 M in Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo - Novinite.com

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Kronospan to Invest BGN 300 M in Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo
Novinite.com
Austrian wood-based panels manufacturer Kronospan is to expand its production facilities in the northern Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo, Capital.bg reports. Apart from adding a particle board streamline, it will start the production of medium-density ...

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As Support for EU Flags Elsewhere, Bulgaria Sees Its Benefits - New York Times

New York Times

As Support for EU Flags Elsewhere, Bulgaria Sees Its Benefits
New York Times
SOFIA, Bulgaria — With Bulgaria in the grips of a bank run in the summer of 2014, Lyubomir Vassilev was panicking. Unemployed and living off a compensation package from a workplace accident, he had lost access to his bank account and joined others in ...

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Bulgarian-Chinese centre for scientific research programmes and students exchange starts operating at University of ... - Focus News

Bulgarian-Chinese centre for scientific research programmes and students exchange starts operating at University of ...
Focus News
Sofia. A Bulgarian-Chinese Centre for Scientific Research Programmes and Students Exchange was officially opened at the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai on January 17, 2017. Jiao Tong is the third biggest university in the country, the press office of ...