Coordinates: 43°15′N 26°30′E / 43.250°N 26.500°E / 43.250; 26.500

Targovishte Province
Област Търговище
Location of Targovishte Province in Bulgaria
 • Total2,558.5 km2 (987.8 sq mi)
 (February 2011)[2]
 • Total120,818
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
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Targovishte Province (Bulgarian: Област Търговище, transliterated Oblast Tǎrgovište, former name Targovishte okrug) is a province in northeastern Bulgaria, named after its main city - Targovishte. As of December 2009, it has a population of 129,675 inhabitants.[2][3][4]


The Targovishte Province contains 5 municipalities (singular: община, obshtina - plural: общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Area (km²) Pop.[2][3][4] Town/Village Pop.[3][5][6]
Targovishte Търговище 872 60,497 Targovishte 37,375
Popovo Попово 833 31,479 Popovo 15,548
Omurtag Омуртаг 401 24,256 Omurtag 8,725
Antonovo Антоново 472 6,507 Antonovo 1,453
Opaka Опака 156 6,936 Opaka 2,873


The Targovishte province had a population of 137,689 according to a 2001 census, of which 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female.[7] As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 129,675[2] of which 24.1% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[8]

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:

Targovishte Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 184,641 172,401 177,668 178,656 171,311 156,006 137,689 135,262 132,771 129,675 120,818
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „“,??

Ethnic groups

Ethnic groups in Targovishte Province (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
others and indefinable

Total population (2011 census): 120 818[9]

Ethnic groups (2011 census):[10] Identified themselves: 106 800 persons:

A further 14 000 persons in Targovishte Province did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.


Religions in Targovishte Province (2001 census)
Religious group Percentage
Orthodox Christian
Roman Catholic Christian
Protestant Christian
others and indefinable

Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:[11]

Census 2001
religious adherence population %
Orthodox Christians 75,236 54.64%
Muslims 58,838 42.73%
Roman Catholics 271 0.20%
Protestants 84 0.07%
Other 527 0.38%
Religion not mentioned 2,733 1.98%
total 137,689 100%
Winter view of Razboyna village with the Preslav Mountains in the background
Winter view of Razboyna village with the Preslav Mountains in the background

Technical Infrastructure

The length of the road network is 1,171.3 km, 77.6 km of which are first class roads. There are two railway stations on the major railway line Sofia- Gorna Oryahovitsa - Varna.

Targovishte Airport is located 13 km (8.1 mi) from the city of Targovishte. However, it is not being used because of a lack of financial resources.

Towns and villages

The place names in bold have the status of town (in Bulgarian: град, transliterated as grad). Other localities have the status of village (in Bulgarian: село, transliterated as selo). The names of localities are transliterated in Latin alphabet[12] followed in parentheses by the original name in Bulgarian Cyrillic script (which links to the corresponding Bulgarian Wikipedia article).

Antonovo municipality

The Antonovo municipality has one town (in bold) and 56 villages:

Omurtag municipality

The Omurtag municipality has one town (in bold) and 41 villages:

Opaka municipality

The Opaka municipality has one town (in bold) and 5 villages:

Popovo municipality

The Popovo municipality has one town (in bold) and 34 villages:

Targovishte municipality

The Targovishte municipality has one town (in bold) and 51 villages:

See also