40 Little Known Facts About Bulgaria

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40 Little Known Facts About Bulgaria

  1. Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries, founded in 681.
  2. The only one that hasn’t changed its name.
  3. Bulgaria ranks third in Europe in the number of valuable archaeological monuments after Italy and Greece.
  4. Alexander Nevsky is the oldest autocephalous Slavonic Orthodox Church in the world.
  5. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle.
  6. After Bulgaria joined the EU on 1 January 2007, the Cyrillic alphabet became the third official alphabet in the EU.
  7. The ancient Bulgarian calendar was declared the most accurate in the world by UNESCO in 1976.
  8. Plovdiv is the oldest inhabited city in Europe.
  9. Bulgaria’s oldest gold treasure (Contains over 3000 gold objects dating back more than 6000 years)
  10. Bulgaria ranks fourth in the world in university education per capita.
  11. A Bulgarian folk song is sent into space aboard the US space probe Voyager I.
  12. Almost a third of Bulgaria’s territory is covered by forests.
  13. The Bulgarian Air Force develops the first bomb dropped from the air in our military history. This took place on 16 October 1912.
  14. The first woman in the world to participate in a military flight was the Bulgarian Raina Kasabova.
  15. The highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula is located in Bulgaria and rises to 2925 m above sea level.
  16. Bulgaria was home to the Thracians, and the hero called Spartacus was born in Bulgaria.
  17. Bulgaria produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. Roses are grown in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria (Kazanlak) and are a key ingredient in the production of perfumes.
  18. The bagpipe (known in Bulgaria as “gaida”) is a traditional Bulgarian instrument. Other countries that use the bagpipe as an instrument are Ireland and Scotland.
  19. In the 40 Little Known Facts About Bulgaria is also the Bulgarian yoghurt, that is the best and tastiest in the world. Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which gives yoghurt its unique taste, is found only in Bulgaria.
  20. Bulgaria is the second country in Europe with the largest number of natural mineral springs. Bulgaria is a paradise for spa tourism.
  21. Bulgarians nod their heads for “no” and shake their heads for “yes”. National peculiarity.
  22. “Name days” are celebrated as well as birthdays and are even more precious for some people.
  23. Bulgarians welcome spring on March 1. They give a martenitsa (white and red bracelet) to each of their friends to congratulate them on the beginning of spring and to wish them good health. They wear it until they see a stork or a blossoming tree.
  24. Bulgarians are pouring water at the door for success. When a family member leaves home for a special event – the first day of school, graduation, before an exam, a wedding, etc. , the other family members sprinkle water at the door before he leaves, saying, “May your success flow like water. “
  25. The Bulgarian 14th of February is the Day of the Winegrower and people celebrate then their love for wine vineyards.
  26. The world’s first digital wristwatch was developed by the Bulgarian Petar Petrov.
  27. The first electronic computer was invented by John Vincent Atanasoff, who had Bulgarian roots.+
  28. The Bulgarian national football team finished in fourth place at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  29. Bulgarian Dan Kolov is the first wrestler in the world with 1500 wins and only 2 losses.
  30. For 29 years no athlete has managed to improve the record of the Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova in the high jump from the World Championships in Rome – the sensational 2. 09 meters.
  31. Bulgaria is one of the largest wine exporting countries in the world. Wine production in our country has a long history dating back to Thracian times.
  32. For more than 700 years Bulgaria was twice the size of its present territory and reached the location of three seas – the Aegean, the Adriatic and the Black Sea.
  33. There are 142 resorts in Bulgaria – 26 seaside, 56 mountain and 58 spa resorts.
  34. There are 9 UNESCO sites in Bulgaria. 7 cultural and 2 natural sites
  35. Bulgaria has one of the fastest internet connections in Europe.
  36. Sofia is one of the most affordable European capitals for a tourist to visit.
  37. Bulgarian women are considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
  38. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is only 15 minutes away from Vitosha.
  39. Bulgaria is third ranks in Europe in biodiversity with a number of rare and endemic species.
  40. Last, but not least in the 40 Little Known Facts About Bulgaria: The Bulgarian flag consists of three colors: white, green and red, arranged horizontally from top to bottom. The color white is a symbol of hope, the color green is a symbol of our beautiful nature, and the color red is a symbol of the blood that has permeated our lands.

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