Last updated on March 10th, 2020
Bulgaria facts for Kids
36. It might take some time for visitors from other countries to grow accustomed to, but in Bulgaria, the people shake their head for “yes” and nod their head for “no”, opposite of many other cultures.
37. Bulgarian folk song sung and played with bagpipe accompaniment, was included on the Voyager Golden Record, the music which was sent into outer space on the Mars Voyager by NASA.
38. Bulgaria is home to the world’s largest IMAX three dimensional cinema.
39. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle throughout the history of the country and all its wars and battles.
40. Bulgarians claim to have invented yoghurt, and its yoghurt has a unique flavor not found in any other country because of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, the bacterium responsible for that flavor and consistency, It can only be found in the air of Bulgaria.
Bulgaria on the map
41. The Bulgarian Air Force developed the first air-dropped bomb in military history during the first Balkan War. Lieutenant Radul Milkov and Lieutenant Prodan Tarakchiev used it on October 16, 1912.
42. The Bulgarian Air Force pilot Rayna Kasabova was the first woman ever to participate in a military flight in the history of the world.
43. Bulgarians take their first name, traditionally, from their paternal grandfather. Their surname comes from their father’s name, with the suffix changing depending upon gender (-ova for girls and –ov for boys). Depending upon your generation, you might be named the same name for both name and surname: i.e. Ivana Ivanova.
44. Other notable Bulgarians include FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov and Bulgarian-born writer Elias Canetti, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.
45. Human trafficking is a problem in Bulgaria, both as a source of adults and children who are subjected to conditions of forced labor and women and children who are forced into prostitution within the country in the border towns and resort areas. Roma women and children account for around 15 percent of these victims. The victims of forced labor are sent to Italy, Greece, Spain, and the UK. Some children are forced into street begging both in Bulgaria and Greece.
46. The Bulgarian government has worked to make significant progress in efforts to prevent trafficking, arresting many who prey on the services of those forced into prostitution. However, they still battle corruption among some trafficking-complicit government officials.
47. The roses grown in the “Rose Valley” Kanalak region of Bulgaria produce most of the world’s rose oil (70-85 percent), a component in most perfumes. It takes 1,000 rose blossoms to produce one gram of rose oil, which is used in making some of the world’s most expensive and popular French and other perfumes.
48. The Rila Cross is a carved wooden cross with 140 microscopic Biblical scenes on it featuring more than 1,500 figures. Even the largest of them is no bigger than a grain of rice.
49. In 1976 UNESCO declared the calendar of the ancient Bulgarians to be the most accurate in the world.
50. Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, Cyrillic became its third official alphabet.
Bulgaria facts – country at a glance
|Area||total: 110,879 sq km|
land: 108,489 sq km
water: 2,390 sq km
|Population||6,966,899 (July 2020 est.)|
|Borders||Romania, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Turkey|
|Government type||parliamentary republic|
|Prime Minister||Boyko Borisov|
|Life expectancy at birth||75 years (2020 est.)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||temperate; cold, damp winters; hot, dry summers|
|Terrain||mostly mountains with lowlands in north and southeast|
|Mean elevation||472 m|
|Lowest point||Black Sea 0 m|
|Highest point||Musala 2,925 m|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Natural resources||bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, coal, timber, arable land|
|Birth rate||8.3 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Death rate||14.6 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.95 male(s)/female (2020 est.)|
|Independence||9 May 1877 (independence proclaimed from the Ottoman Empire; independence recognized on 13 July 1878 by the Treaty of Berlin); 26 March 1881 (kingdom proclaimed); 30 December 1947 (republic proclaimed)|
|National anthem||"Mila Rodino" (Dear Homeland)|
|National colors||white, green, red|
|National holiday||Liberation Day, 3 March (1878)|
|Industries||electricity, gas, water; food, beverages, tobacco; machinery and equipment, base metals, chemical products, coke, refined petroleum, nuclear fuel|
|Exports||$29.08 billion (2017 est.)|
clothing, footwear, iron and steel, machinery and equipment, fuels
|Imports||$31.43 billion (2017 est.)|
machinery and equipment; metals and ores; chemicals and plastics; fuels, minerals, and raw materials
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$21,800 (2017 est.)|
|Internet country code||.bg|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Table last updated||March 30, 2020|