Bulgaria

Key Country Facts

Population: 7.1 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

It's the only country in the world that has ever fired an elected official over playing the Facebook game, Farmville!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Sofia, Plovdiv

Other Information:

Major exports: clothing, footwear, iron and steel, machinery and fuels

The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia. There are approximately 7,144,653 people living here (2016). The official language of Bulgaria is Bulgarian. The majority of Bulgarians practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, while a minority of the population practices Islam. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.

Bulgaria is known for its scenic beaches, historic architecture, and hiking destinations. Tourists should be sure to visit the capital, Sofia, which is located at the base of Mount Vitosha, a great place for both skiing and hiking! Also of interest is Plovdiv, the oldest city in Europe, known for its laidback vibes and emphasis on the arts!

One fun fact about Bulgaria is that it is the only country in the world that has ever fired an elected official over playing the Facebook game, Farmville. Plovdiv city councilor, Dimitar Kerin, was fired in 2010 in order to “have more time to tend to his virtual farm”!

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