Country Profile - Bulgaria

Name: Republic of Bulgaria

Location: Eastern Europe

Time: IST (-) 3 1/2 Hrs

Capital: Sofia

Language: Bulgarian (official) 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)

Area: 110,994 sq kms

Population: 7,093,635 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 03 Mar

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN).

Climate: Varies according to altitude. Summers are warmest with some rainfall, with the south feeling the influence of the Mediterranean. Winters are cold with snow. It rains frequently during spring and autumn.

Holidays: January 01 New Year's Day; March 03 National Day (Day of Liberation); May 01 Labour Day; September 06 The Unification of Bulgaria; September 22 Independence Day; November 01 Day of the Bulgarian Revival Leaders; December 24 Christmas; December 31 New Year's Eve;

Airline Name: Balkan-Bulgarian Airlines (LZ)

International Airports: Sofia (SOF)Varna (VAR)Bourgas (BOJ)