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Republic of Bulgaria
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Location  Europe
Capital  Sofia
Area  110,879 sq km
Population  7,057,504
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January

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  • Bulgaria assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union Council on 1 January 2018 for six-month.
  • Bulgaria joined the European Union, an economic and political union of European countries, on 1 January 2007.[1]

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  • Bulgaria’s female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova won her first career WTA Tour title at the Apia International in Sydney on 10 January 2014 defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final 6-4, 6-4.[2]

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  • Bulgaria and the United States of America on 14 January 2014 signed an agreement on the protection of cultural heritage, meant to prevent the illicit trade of Bulgarian cultural heritage items and allow the return to Bulgaria of such items smuggled into the US.[3]

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  • On 26 January 2012, the 41st National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria passed a law on the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This historical moment for persons with disabilities in Bulgaria is the first step in finally recognizing the rights of disabled people.[4]

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  • According to a Eurostat survey published on 10 February 2018 three EU Member States had more female than male scientists and engineers, with Bulgaria ranked second, – Lithuania (58%), Bulgaria (54%) and Latvia (52%).[5]

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  • Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won the men's singles title at the 2014 Mexican Open tennis tournament beating South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in the final.[6]

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  • Bulgaria has the second largest share of women holding managerial positions at 44 percent among the European Union countries, according to the report published on 6 March 2017 by Eurostat.[7]

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  • Bulgaria became member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance, on March 29, 2004.[8]

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  • Bulgarian photographer Veselin Atanasov won the 2018 Sony Open Photographer of the Year for his series named Early Autumn.

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  • Hristo Prodanov was the first Bulgarian to climb Mount Everest on April 20, 1984. In his solo expedition, Prodanov climbed without the use of supplementary oxygen. Unfortunately he died on the way back.[9]

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  • The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on 24 April 2015 signed a scientific cooperation agreement aimed at promoting academic cooperation in the fields of social sciences and humanities between Chinese and Bulgarian researchers.[10]

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  • European Union Culture Ministers on 19 May 2015 designated the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.[11]
  • Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered 8,000-year-old streets and rows of two-storey houses near the village of Mursalevo, in the Kyustendil region in south-western Bulgaria, as reported on 19 May 2015.[12]

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  • Bulgarian scientists and their international colleagues have discovered 7.2 million year old pre-human remains in the Balkans, as detailed in the journal PLOS ONE on 22 May 2017.[13]

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  • Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece on 25 May 2015 signed a trilateral agreement on police and customs co-operation that is expected to support a real-time information-sharing framework between the officials of the three countries.

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  • Bulgaria introduced a comprehensive smoking ban in all public places since 1 June 2012.[14]

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  • Professor Magdalena Stoeva of Bulgaria received the prestigious fellowship from the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) based in the United Kingdom on 3 June 2018.[15]

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  • A new bridge linking Bulgaria and Romania across the Danube River was opened on 14 June 2013 with the hope that it will give an impulse to the economic development in the regions. This European Union-funded bridge over the Danube is the second crossing along their river border.[16]

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  • Bulgarian professional tennis player Grigor Dimitrov won the 2014 Aegon Championships beating Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8) 7-6(1) 7-6(6) in a thrilling final at Queen's Club.[17]

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  • Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite BulgariaSat-1 was successfully launched into space on 23 June 2017 by SpaceX from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

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  • Bulgarian duo Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva won gold in the Women's Doubles Badminton at the 2015 European Games.[18]

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  • Bulgarian film Glory won the Best International Feature Film award at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.[19]


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  • An international team of scientists, including researchers from Bulgaria, have discovered the first aurora ever seen in an object beyond our Solar System. The aurora - reported on 30 July 2015 in the journal Nature - was spotted around a brown dwarf star called LSRJ 1835+3259 about 18 light years away.[20]

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  • Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria won gold medal on board one at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway’s Tromso.[21]

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  • Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov’s movie Aga won the Best Film Award at the 24th Sarajevo Film Festival on 16 August 2018.[22]

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  • Lidia Nencheva of Bulgaria and Vladimir Svechnikov of Uzbekistan made history by winning the first-ever gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the Summer Youth Olympics on 21 August 2014.[23]

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  • Ruzhdi Ruzhdi of Bulgaria won Men's Shot Put - F54/55 gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.[24]

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  • European Investment Bank (EIB) formally inaugurated a new EIB Group Office for Bulgaria in Sofia on 18 September 2017 aimed at strengthening and increasing EIB Group activities in Bulgaria.[25]

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  • Stephan Tafrov of Bulgaria was elected Chair of the Third Committee at the General Assembly of the United Nations on 1 October 2013. The Third Committee is one of six main committees at the General Assembly which deals with Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian matters.[26]

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  • Four NATO allies, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 4 October 2018 for the creation of a Multinational Special Aviation Programme with a training facility in Zadar, city on Croatia's Dalmatian coast.[27]

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  • Fifteen-year-old Iliyan Yaneva of Bulgaria was awarded the silver medal at the 2016 Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition.[28]

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  • Bulgaria won the gold in Mixed Pair Acrobatic Gymnastics at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.[29]

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  • Reneta Indzhova was the Prime Minister of Bulgaria to head a caretaker government. She was the first woman to hold this post in Bulgaria from 16th October 1994 to 25th January 1995.[30]

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  • Bulgarian and English archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years, as revealed on 23 October 2018.[31]

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  • Bulgaria was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the Eastern Europe & Northern Asia region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.[32]

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  • Archaeologists in eastern Bulgaria have unearthed the oldest prehistoric town ever found in Europe to date, along with an ancient salt production site that gives a strong clue about why massive riches were discovered in the region, as reported on 31 October 2012.[33]


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  • Bulgaria was ranked as the world‘s 18th most gender-equal country, according to the World Economic Forum‘s Global Gender Gap index published on 2 November 2017.[34]

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  • Veselin Atanasov of Bulgaria was named Photographer of the Year at the 2018 EPSON International Pano Awards for his image titled Combing The Sunlight.[35]
  • Archaeologists say they have unearthed an almost 2,400-year-old golden hoard in an ancient Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria. The treasure was found on 8 November 2012 near the village of Sveshtari, 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Sofia.[36]

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  • Bulgaria became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 1 December 1996.[37]

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  • The Surova folk feast, held in villages of the Pernik region, Bulgaria that takes place on 13 and 14 January to celebrate the New Year, was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[38]

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  • Bulgaria was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 14 December 1955.[39]

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