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To serve the Church among the Slavic nations of the world by assisting it to become fully equipped to fulfil the great commission of Jesus Christ

Bulgaria

Background

Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People’s Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, and Bulgaria began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2006 and has become a member of the European Union in 2007.

Location

South-eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey

Area

110,910 sq km

Land Boundaries

Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey

Natural Resources

Bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, coal, timber, arable land

Population

7.5 million (2011 est.)

Ethnic Groups

Bulgarian 84%, Turk 9.4%, Roma 4.7%, Macedonia, Armenian, Tatar, Gagauz, Circassian, others

Religions

Bulgarian Orthodox 80%, Muslim 16%, Roman Catholic 1.5%, Jewish 0.8%, Evangelicals 2% (2011)

Languages

Bulgarian, secondary languages closely correspond to ethnic breakdown

Industries

Machine building and metalworking, food processing, chemicals, construction materials, ferrous and nonferrous metals, nuclear fuel

Agriculture

Vegetables, fruits, tobacco, livestock, wine, wheat, barley, sunflowers, sugar beets

Currency

1 lev (Lv) = 100 stotinki