50 Fascinating Facts About Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It covers an area of approximately 110,879 square kilometers. Sofia is the capital city of the state. Bulgaria's official language is Bulgarian. Its currency is called the Lev (BGN). A synthesis of West and East cultures, it is home to Europe's second-oldest inhabited town and a relatively metropolitan lifestyle. Eastern European tourists frequent this country, which the West is only recently discovering. Fewer countries worldwide have as rich a history, as many landmarks, and as many strange traditions as Bulgaria. The following are 50 amazing facts about Bulgaria that you may not be aware of:

Fascinating Facts

Bulgaria is among Europe's oldest countries, having been founded in 681 AD.
Bulgaria boasts a strong wolf and brown bear population, one of the largest in Europe.
Bulgaria is among the few countries that may astonish visitors with its scenic beauty and its unusual species of plants and animals. Several have long since vanished from other regions of Europe.
Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, was established 7000 years ago. This makes it Europe's second-oldest city.
Bulgaria is the yogurt capital of the world. Bulgarians refer to theirs as "sour milk," and believe it is responsible for their longevity.
Most rural Bulgarian households have at minimum one petchka, or stove, for cooking and heating.
Bulgaria currently ranks in Europe in terms of important archaeological sites, behind Italy and Greece.
Bulgaria is the only nation in the world that preserved its Jewish population during WWII. Despite the country's proximity to Germany, no Jew ever was deported to a detention camp.
Bulgarian is the primary language of the Bulgarians of all ethnic groups, and all ethnic groups speak it as a first or second language.
In the area of Bulgaria, around 15 000 Thracian tombs have indeed been discovered. The majority of them remain unexplored.
Bulgaria is the second-largest exporter of rose oil, which is used in the majority of perfumes.
Bulgaria is home to numerous ancient structures, ranging from Thracian castles to Roman villas. UNESCO has also recognized these.
The Alexander Nevski Church is the world's oldest episcopal Slavic orthodox church.
Bulgaria's flag comprises three equal-sized bands, white, green, and red, arranged horizontally from start to finish.
Bulgarians enjoy religious freedom; there is no state religion. The majority of Bulgarians are Orthodox Christians. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Gregorian Armenians are all religious minorities.
Since the Stone Age, wine has been grown in the region of what became modern-day Bulgaria. Today, the country has established a reputation as a world-class producer of wine.
The national instrument of the country is the gaida, most frequently referred to as bagpipes.
In rural Bulgaria, centuries-old traditions remain a part of daily life. You'll pass across the cob brick barn alongside the farmer and his flock, the horses and cart, and the pigs in the garden.
Spartacus, a Thracian hero, was born on Bulgarian territory. He was indeed a military commander who the Romans enslaved. He organized a rebellion and a fight against the Roman Republic with the assistance of other runaway slaves.
The state educates all pupils in public primary and secondary schools.
Bulgaria is about one-third covered with forest, which is unsurprising given the country's over 40 mountains. Naturally, they are all excellent for skiing and trekking.
Shopska, commonly known as Bulgarian salad, was named the most incredible dish in Europe in a European Parliament-sponsored competition.
Rakia, Bulgaria's National Drink, is an alcoholic beverage derived from fermented fruit. It's everywhere in this land of white wild plum blossoms.
Bulgaria is Europe's second-largest country in terms of natural mineral springs. Bulgaria is a spa paradise.
Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria holds the women's high jump world record.
Bulgarian cuisine is heavily influenced by Greek and Turkish cuisine, with delicacies such as baklava and Shopska salad.
Bulgarian armies have never lost a single flag during combat
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, is of Bulgarian ancestry. He was given the name Marko after his Bulgarian grandfather.
In an unusual spin on the issue of immigration, many youth Bulgarians are fleeing their homeland for wealthier European countries, such as the United Kingdom. They can make up to 5 or six times more in this country for comparable labor, frequently in agricultural or catering.
Bulgarians indicate nay with a nod and yes with a shake of the head.
Bulgarian cuisine is without a doubt the most delectable dish you've ever tasted! It is compared to Greek, Turkish, and even Mediterranean cuisines by travelers.
Bulgarian folk music is an advanced traditional art form in this country.
John Atanasoff, a Bulgarian, invented the world's the first computer.
Bulgaria is indeed a country steeped in history and shrouded in mystery
Bulgarians commemorate Baba Marta on March 1st. Local’s exchange martenitsas, or tassels made of white and red yarn
Bansko, a medieval town, is a well-known skiing destination.
Bulgaria is home to the world's largest IMAX 3D theatre.
Peter Petroff, a Bulgarian, invented the world's first digital wristwatch
In some parts of Bulgaria, wild farming is gaining popularity.
In the 1994 World Cup, Bulgaria finished fourth.
Bulgaria is among the world's top locations for natural hot springs and freshwater variations.
Bulgarians ensure victory by spilling water in front of the door.
Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, is located only 15 minutes from Vitosha Mountain
Bulgaria boasts one of Europe's fastest internet speeds.
Bulgarians face a demographic problem, with the country's population growing at a negative rate for more than two decades.
Bulgaria is one of just three nations that still use the bagpipe as a folk instrument.
The rite of fire dance is among the oldest Bulgarian traditional traditions. The Thracians around the White Sea practiced it eons ago.
Jordan off was also of Bulgarian ancestry. He was a renowned aeronautical engineer and is one of the creators of the airbag.
The historical Roman impact on Bulgarian culture may still be seen in a number of the country's cities.
The Rhodope Mountains and Balkan Mountains are Bulgaria's two most extensive mountain ranges.