About Bulgaria

About Bulgaria
Below you will find information about the history, geography, state structure and economy, traditional cuisine, sites of interest under the protection of UNESCO, Bulgarian currency, visa and border control, useful links. 

Brief History

Bulgaria is a successor of ancient civilizations - Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and proto-Bulgarians have left on these lands exceptionally valuable artistic and architectural evidence of their advanced culture.


Bulgaria is called the Paradise on the Balkans because of its varied landscape - there are Alpine-like mountains, vast valleys, serene lakes and - of course - the azure Black Sea. 

State Structure and Economy

Bulgaria is a Parliamentary Republic. The basic state institutions include the National Assembly (Parliament); the President; the Council of Ministers. The capital of the country is Sofia. The official language in the republic is Bulgarian. The economy of Bulgaria is an open market economy.


Bulgarian cuisine is exceptionally diverse and delicious, consisting of various salads, breadstuffs, stews and other local dishes, prepared according to traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation over the centuries.

Useful Links

Useful links to Embassies and Consulates, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Consular Relations Directorate, Customs Agency, Consumer Protection.

UNESCO Sites of Interest

The rich cultural and natural heritage of Bulgaria is highly appreciated by UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The UNESCO List of the Global Cultural and Natural Heritage includes nine Bulgarian sites - seven cultural and two natural.


The monetary unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is the lev (BGN).

Visa and Border Control

Border control is implemented upon entering or exiting Bulgaria. Being a member of the EU the Republic of Bulgaria enforces the General Visa Policy of the European Union, in keeping with the conditions of the Accession Treaty.