Bulgaria: Need To Know

Things for you to get to know Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Physical Features

Because Bulgaria is so small in size, it has a great variety of topographical features.(meaning it is very mountainous and has a steep terrain) Even within the small parts of the country the and may be divided into plains, plateaus, hills, mountains, basins, and deep river valleys. The center, or geographic center, of Bulgaria is locate in Uzana.
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Bulgaria: Languages

Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, It is an Indo-European language, a member of the slavic linguistic group. Its closest relative is the Macedonian language.

Bulgarian is written with Cyrillic, which also has been exported to other languages, notably Russian and Serbian.

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Bulgaria: Government

Bulgaria is a parliament democracy in which the most powerful executive position is that of prime minister,who is Boyko Metodiev Borissov, who has been Prime Minister of Bulgaria since 2014. Previously he served as Prime Minister from 2009 to 2013 and as Mayor of Sofia from 2005 to 2009, the political system has three branches- legislative, executive and judicial. The constitution of Bulgaria provides also possibilities of direct democracy.

Bulgaria: Religion

The main religion in Bulgaria is Bulgarian Orthodox. There are also Roman Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, Jews. Around twelve percent of the people are Muslim.

Bulgaria: Music

Pop and alternative music is very popular just like in America, some popular singers are Teodora Rumenova Andreeva, Desi Slava, and Boris Christoff. Some popular instruments used in Bulgaria are the Gadulka, which is like a violin except more curvature in the structure of the instrument and the gaida a traditional goat-skin bagpipe.

Bulgaria: Sports

Boxing is a very popular sport in Bulgaria, Kubrat Venkov Pulev, is a widely known Bulgarian professional boxer. He is a former European heavyweight champion and world title challenger. You can participate in the Bulgarian boxing Olympics that last happened in the summer of 2012. Other popular sports include football (soccer), Tennis, Volleyball, and Rugby.

Bulgaria: Food

7 Bulgarian Classics-

1- Baked Extravaganza: Banista

Its standard variety includes a filling of feta-like white cheese, though varieties filled with onions, cabbage, spinach, mushrooms or pumpkin can also be found. For your sweet tooth, you can also try banitsa with apples and walnuts.

2-King of the Grill

The dish itself is an elongated piece of grilled minced meat, comparable in shape and size, though not in contents, to a hot dog. As with the smaller that you can taste in Serbia, the meat is usually a mix of pork and beef, though it can be solely pork just as well.

3-Head start: shopska salata

Combo of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers, with grated sirene cheese and parsley on top.

4-Goodness with goodness on top: musaka

Bulgarian version involves potatoes, eggs and minced pork meat

5-Childhood favourite: lyutenitsa

thick relish of tomatoes and peppers is the best thing you can spread on your toast

6-Dragon’s breath: shkembe chorba

try this tripe soup, whether because tripe is a somewhat unusual offal to be used in a soup or because of the way shkembe chorba is customarily generously spiced. You are expected to add vinegar, oil, salt and crude pepper to taste though you will discover that to Bulgarians this usually means in generous quantities.

7-Summer refresher: tarator

Tarator and the previous soup on the menu, shkembe chorba, couldn’t be any more different. Unlike shkembe chorba’s firey spiciness, tarator is light, refreshing and cold. A yogurt-base soup of cucumbers, garlic, dill and sometimes walnuts, and even ice cubes, tarator is a must in those scorching summer days.

By: Ethan Montano