Bulgaria – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name: Republic  of  Bulgaria

Nationality 

        noun: Bulgarian(s) 

        adjective: Bulgarian

Area         total: 110,910 sq km         water: 360 sq km         land: 110,550 sq km

Population: 7,450,349 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups 

        Bulgarian 83.9%         Turk 9.4%         Roma 4.7%         other 2% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian) (2001)

Capital: Sofia, population 1,110,000

Largest Cities 

        Plovdiv – 340,000        Pleven – 120,000         Varna – 315,000        Burgas – 190,000        Ruse – 160,000

Official Language: Bulgarian, secondary languages closely correspond to ethnic breakdown

Religion 

        Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%         Muslim 12.2%         Roman Catholic 1.7%         Jewish 0.1%, Protestant         Gregorian-Armenian         other 3.4% (1998)

Political system: parliamentary democracy

GDP: purchasing power parity – $61.63 billion (2004 est.) 

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $8,200 (2004 est.)

Annual growth: 5.3% (2004 est.)

GDP – composition by sector 

        agriculture: 11.5%         industry: 30.1%         services: 58.4% (2004 est.)

Inflation: 6.1% (2004 est.)

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