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Bulgaria (/bʌlˈɡɛəriə, bʊl-/ (About this soundlisten); Bulgarian: България, romanizedBǎlgariya), officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in Southeast Europe. It occupies the whole eastern part of the Balkans, and is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and North Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. Bulgaria covers a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), and is the sixteenth-largest country in Europe. Sofia is the nation's capital and largest city; other major cities are Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas.

Bulgaria is a developing country, with an upper-middle-income economy, ranking 56th in the Human Development Index. Its market economy is part of the European Single Market and is largely based on services, followed by industry—especially machine building and mining—and agriculture. Widespread corruption is a major socioeconomic issue; Bulgaria ranked as the most corrupt country in the European Union in 2018. The country also faces a demographic crisis, with its population shrinking annually since around 1990; it currently numbers roughly seven million, down from a peak of nearly nine million in 1988. Bulgaria is a member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe; it is also a founding member of the OSCE, and has taken a seat on the United Nations Security Council three times. (Full article...)

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Official portrait, 2018
Official portrait, 2018
Rumen Georgiev Radev (Bulgarian: Румен Георгиев Радев [ˈrumɛn ˈradɛf]; born 18 June 1963) is a Bulgarian politician and former major general who is the current president of Bulgaria since 22 January 2017. Radev previously served as commander of the Bulgarian Air Force. He won the 2016 presidential election, as an independent candidate supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, defeating GERB candidate Tsetska Tsacheva in the second round. He won a second consecutive term in the 2021 Bulgarian General Election, with 66% of the vote in the second round. (Full article...)
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  • Image 1Rila is a mountain in West Bulgaria
    Rila is a mountain in West Bulgaria
  • Image 2Maritsa is a river in South Bulgaria.
    Maritsa is a river in South Bulgaria.
  • Image 3Danube river in Bulgaria
    Danube river in Bulgaria
  • Image 4Varna lake is a salt lake near Black sea.
    Varna lake is a salt lake near Black sea.
  • Image 5Sofia is the bigest city in Bulgaria
    Sofia is the bigest city in Bulgaria
  • Image 6A beach in Bulgaria.
    A beach in Bulgaria.
  • Image 7Razgrad is a city in  East Bulgaria.
    Razgrad is a city in East Bulgaria.

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The Twin lake (Bulgarian: Близнака) is the largest of the Seven Rila Lakes, which are group of lakes of glacial origin (glacial lakes), situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains in Bulgaria. The lakes are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level. The Twin lake is the largest with 9.1 ha.

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