Fascinating Facts about Bulgaria
Bulgaria has so many fascinating facts due to its long history of more than 6000 years. Bulgaria is situated in the most Eastern part of Europe it borders the Black Sea and Turkey said to be the crossroad of Europe. Furthermore, it is a land of mountains and green forests and fascinating and interesting traditions and culture.
As a matter of fact, until the fall of communism Bulgaria was off the beaten path for most tourists as a holiday destination. But now the ‘Bulgarian Buzz’ is out, people from all over the world are discovering what this country has to offer. To demonstrate here are some fascinating facts about Bulgaria for you to enjoy.
- Bulgarian yogurt is the best in the world!. The unique Lactobacillus bulgaricus bacteria is used for its production can only be found in Bulgaria.
- The gold treasure discovered in the tombs of Varna Necropolis is the oldest find in the world. Surprisingly it dates back to 5000 BC
- The first digital wristwatch was invented by a Bulgarian. Peter Petrov
- Mark Zuckerberg the creator of Facebook, was named after his Bulgarian grandfather, Marko,
- Bulgaria is one of the oldest country in Europe and pre dates the Roman Empire and hasn’t changed its name since it was first established in 681. AD
- Another interesting fact is that although allied to Germany in the last world war Bulgaria refused to hand over her Jewish population to the Nazis for transportation to concentration camps
- 1st March is Baba Marta Day (Grandmother March). It is uniquely celebrated in Bulgaria by people giving Martinitsi red and white woven bracelets to each other.
- Bulgaria comes third in the list of countries with most valuable archaeological sites discovered on it’s land, preceded only by Greece and Italy.
- The world famous Bulgarian rose oil from Kazanlak is used for making some of the world’s most popular and expensive perfumes. Moreover, one gram rose oil is produced out of 1000 roses.
It is often referred to as ‘liquid Gold’ due to the value being higher per ounce than gold
- The national musical instrument of Bulgaria is the Gaida. Known in other parts of the world as the bagpipes.
- Nearly 40% of Bulgaria is forestry.
- Name Days are celebrated in Bulgaria in addition to birthdays. Bulgarians tend to be named after Saints, of which there are many, and Bulgarians tend to celebrate that feast day even more than they do their own birth days.
- Bulgaria has 9 UNESCO World heritage sites.
- Bulgarians shake their heads for Yes and approval and Nod their heads for No.
This makes for very interesting and confusing conversations some times!
- Even though small in area, Bulgaria ranks top in Europe for biodiversity, with a number of rare and endemic species. (that can only be found in Bulgaria)
More than 700 brown bears, 1,000 wolves, golden jackals, wild cats, common otters, souslik and 37 species of reptiles can be found here
- The 3rd official alphabet in Europe is Cyrillic
- The country is one of the worlds biggest winemakers. over 200,000 tons and is increasing production year on year. This does not include all the homemade hooch that is made in the local villages.
- Bulgaria ranks 20th in the worldwide ranking of countries with fastest internet speeds.
- The highest peak in Bulgaria is in the Rila mountains. Mount Musala, at 2,925 m.
- Bulgaria has the highest number of natural mineral springs in Europe at over 600.
The list could carry on extolling the very many interesting and fascinating facts about Bulgaria.
If I’ve missed any important ones out contact me to add it to the list.