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Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

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Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria is located in Bulgaria
Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria
Location of Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria
Coordinates: 42°3′N 25°36′E / 42.05°N 25.6°E / 42.05; 25.6
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Stefan Dimitrov
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (2008-2-1)
 - Total 42,345
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 6400
Area code(s) 0391

Dimitrovgrad (Bulgarian: Димитровград) is a town and a municipality in Haskovo Province of southern Bulgaria. Dimitrovgrad is located northwest of Svilengrad and the Greek and Turkish border, east of Plovdiv and the capital Sofia and west of Burgas. The motorway A1 is north of Dimitrovgrad.

The city was built in 1947 by the Communist government of the time and the brigades organized with that purpose. On the 2 September 1947 the town's establishment was officially announced, but its construction and expansion continued intensively for several more years, as the three villages (Rakovski, Mariyno and Chernokonyovo) that existed at the place were merged to form Dimitrovgrad. The main practical reason behind the new city was to create a modern industrial centre. Of course, there was also an ideological foundation for building it. The population in Dimitrovgrad has decreased in recent years from 51,000 to 43,000 inhabitants as of 2009.

The city was named after Georgi Dimitrov, as were the other cities named Dimitrovgrad.

In 1970 the celebration of the national poetry feast named Penio Penev was set and that tradition continues up to the present. Since 1980 the beginning of biennial of Bulgarian theatrical poster were laid. In 1987 the museum – house Penio Penev was opened

Panorama view of downtown of Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria


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