Country: Bulgaria

Population: 7,322,858

Capital: Sofia

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: lev (BGL)

Government Type: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: Bulgarian 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8%

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

Religion: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, other Christian 1.2%, other 4%

Major Cities: Sofia

Phone Country Code: 359

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), March 3 (National Holiday), May 1 (Labor Day), May 6 (St. George's Day), May 24 (Education and Culture Day), September 6 (Union Day), September 22 (Independence Day), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Second Day of Christmas), December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Bulgaria entered the EU in 2007.