Travel Information for Bulgaria
Time zone:GMT +2 (Eastern European time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:Bulgarian Other languages:    Roma, Turkish
Currency: leva (BGN)

1 = лB1.96, $1 = лB1.00, £1 = лB2.34

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.bgInternational Dialling Code:    359

For help planning your trip to Bulgaria including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Bulgaria trip planning page.

Further information on Bulgaria

Discover more about Bulgaria - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of bulgaria

Total area: 110,910 sq km (360 sq km under water)

Coastline: 354 km (Black Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Greece (494km), Macedonia (148km), Romania (608km), Serbia (318km), Turkey (240km)

Highest mountain: Musala (2,925m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Bulgaria from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 55/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 55/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 104/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 69/174
Overall Ranking:    56/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Bulgaria     Status: Independent Country

Population: 6,924,716 (rank: 101/196)     Density: 62.4 people/sq km (rank: 119/196)

Ethnic groups: Bulgarian 83.9%, Turk 9.4%, Roma 4.7%, other 2% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian) (2001 census)

Religions: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, other Christian 1.2%, other 4% (2001 census)

GDP (PPP): $104.6 billion       GDP per capita: $14,400 (rank: 71/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.