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Bulgaria has generally good foreign relations with its neighbors and has proved to be a constructive force in the region under socialist and democratic governments alike. Promoting regional stability, Bulgaria hosted a Southeast European Foreign Ministers meeting in July 1996, and an OSCE conference on Black Sea cooperation in November 1995. Bulgaria also participated in the 1996 South Balkan Defense Ministerial in Albania and is active in the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative. Bulgaria was admitted to the European Union in 2007.



With their close historical, cultural, and economic ties, Bulgaria seeks a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, on which it is largely dependent for energy supplies. Sporadic negotiations are underway among Greece, Bulgaria, and Russia for construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline to transport Caspian Sea oil from the Black Sea port of Burgas to Alexandroupoli on the northern Aegean coast.

Bulgaria's EU Association Agreement came into effect in 1994, and Bulgaria formally applied for full EU membership in December 1995. During the 1999 EU summit in Helsinki, the country was invited to start membership talks with the Union. On January 1, 2007 Bulgaria officially became a member of the European Union. In 1996, Bulgaria acceded to the Wassenaar Arrangement controlling exports of weapons and sensitive technology to countries of concern and also was admitted to the World Trade Organization. Bulgaria is a member of the Zangger Committee and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. After a period of equivocation under a socialist government, in March 1997 a UDF-led caretaker cabinet applied for full NATO membership, which became a reality in April 2004.

Bulgaria and the United States signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement in 2006 providing for military bases and training camps of the U.S. Army in Bulgaria, as part of the Pentagon's restructuring plan.


Bulgaria joined NATO's Partnership for Peace in 1994 and applied for NATO membership in 1997. During the November 2002 Prague Summit Bulgaria was one of seven former socialist countries invited to join the Alliance. Bulgaria became a member of NATO in April 2004. The country is also working toward NATO compatibility in communications and training, and has established a Peacekeeping Training Center.


In 2003, Bulgaria was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, proving to be one of 3 closest U.S. allies during the Iraqi Crisis, together with the UK and Spain. Bulgaria also presided the OSCE in 2004.

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Major European transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and, to a lesser degree, South American cocaine for the European market; limited producer of precursor chemicals.

By Country

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Afghanistan 1961-07-12
 Algeria 1964
 Angola 1975-11-20
  • Since 1976, Bulgaria has an embassy in Luanda.[5]
  • Angola is represented in Bulgaria through its embassy in Athens (Greece).[6]
 Argentina 1800s
 Armenia 1992
 Australia 1972
  • Australia is represented in Bulgaria through its embassy in Athens (Greece) and has an honorary consulate in Sofia.[9]
  • Bulgaria has an embassy in Canberra.[10]
 Austria 1878
 Azerbaijan 1992-06-05
 Belarus 1992-03-26
 Belgium 1879
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-01-15
 Czech Republic 1920-09-27
 People's Republic of China 1949-10-04
 Croatia 1992-08-13
 Estonia 1921-05-20
 Finland 1918-08-05
 France 1879-07-08
 Georgia 1992-06-05
 Greece 1908 see Greco-Bulgarian relations

Relations between Greece (the Hellenic Republic) and Bulgaria (the Republic of Bulgaria) have been very cordial since the 1950s, preceded in the earlier 20th century by periods of intense mutual hostility. Since Bulgaria's independence in 1908, Greece and Bulgaria faced each other in three major wars: the Second Balkan War, the First World War and the Second World War, in which Bulgaria briefly occupied parts of northern Greece.

 Hungary 1920
 India 1954
 Indonesia 1956-09-21 see Bulgaria–Indonesia relations

Bulgaria was among the States that recognized Indonesia's independence since its Proclamation of Independence on August 17, 1945. The two countries established diplomatic relations on September 21, 1956. Bulgaria has had an embassy in Jakarta since October 1958 and Indonesia has had an embassy in Sofia Since 1960.[39]

 Iran 1897
 Italy 1879
 Japan 1959
 Kazakhstan 1992-07-05
 Kosovo 2008-03-20
 Lebanon 1966-09-19
 Republic of Macedonia

The rules governing good neighbourly relations agreed between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia were set in the Joint Declaration of February 22, 1999 reaffirmed by a joint memorandum signed on January 22, 2008 in Sofia.[62]

  • Bulgaria is represented in Malta through its embassy in Rome (Italy).[63]
  • Malta has 2 honorary consulates in Bulgaria (in Sofia and Varna).[64]
 Mexico 1938
 Moldova 1992-02-05
 Mongolia 1950-04-22 see Bulgaria–Mongolia relations
  • Until the beginning of the 1990s Bulgaria was Mongolia's 3rd biggest trading partner.
 Montenegro 2006-08-02
 Morocco 1961-09-01
 Norway 1906-08-21
 North Korea 1948-11-29
 Pakistan 1970
  • Since 1974, Bulgaria has embassy in Islamabad.[75]
  • Pakistan does not have any representation in Bulgaria.
 Paraguay 1992-12-02
 Peru 1969
  • Peru closed its embassy in Sofia for economic reasons in 2003. Peru is now represented in Bulgaria through its embassy in Athens (Greece).[77]
  • Bulgaria is represented in Peru through its embassy in Brasília (Brazil.[78]
 Poland 1920s
 Portugal 1925
 Romania see Bulgaria–Romania relations

Bulgarian relations with Romania featured regular official visits by the two presidents. Romanian-Bulgarian relations are developing "very intensively" because of EU accession, since Romania and Bulgaria joined together the European Union in 2007. Romania and Bulgaria have never had any serious conflicts, other than a territorial dispute over the Dobruja region in 1913-1940, now largely forgotten. Vidin and Calafat have perhaps the closest relations of any towns along this lower section of the Danube. There is a regular ferry service, so locals here have regular interchange with their neighbors across the border.

 Russia 1879-07-07
 Serbia 1879-01-18 see Bulgaria–Serbia relations
 Slovakia 1993-01-01
 South Africa 1992-02-02
  • Bulgaria has an embassy in Pretoria
  • South Africa is represented in Bulgaria through its embassy in Athens (Greece).[89]
 South Korea 1990-03-23
 Spain 1910-05-08
 Sudan 1956-07-01 see Bulgaria–Sudan relations

In 1967, Bulgaria sent the first Bulgarian ambassador to Khartoum. The activities of the Bulgarian embassy in Khartoum were terminated in April 1990, and later reestablished in March, 2005. In 2006 the General Consulate of the Sudan, in Sofia, Bulgaria has been upgraded to the rank of embassy.[94]

 Sweden 1914-07-06
 Switzerland 1905
 Syria 1954-07-24
 Thailand 1974-04-10
  • Since 1975, Bulgaria has embassy in Bangkok.[101]
  • Thailand has an honorary consulate in Sofia.[102]
  • There is a Thai Village in Bulgaria since 2006 [103]
 Tunisia 1956
 Ukraine 1992
  • Bulgaria has an embassy in Kiev and a Consulate-General in Odessa.[108]
  • Ukraine has an embassy in Sofia and a Consulate-General in Varna.
 Uzbekistan 1992-09-12 See Bulgaria–Uzbekistan relations

Bulgaria has an embassy in Tashkent.[109] Uzbekistan is represented in Bulgaria through a non resident ambassador based in Tashkent (in the Foreign Ministry.)[110] Bulgaria provides a link in the trade corridor between Uzbekistan and the European Union, with important Black Sea ports. The two countries are interested in expanding trade by this route.[111] However, despite repeated discussions on the subject, Uzbekistan has so far declined to supply natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline, which, if built, would feed gas to Europe via Bulgaria.[112]

 United Kingdom 1879
 United States 1903 See Bulgaria – United States relations

Bulgarian-American relations, first formally established in 1903, have moved from missionary activity and American support for Bulgarian independence in the late 19th century to the growth of trade and commerce in the early 20th century, to reluctant hostility during World War I and open war and bombardment in World War II, to ideological confrontation during the Cold War, to partnership with the United States in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and growing political, military and economic ties in the beginning of the 21st century.

 Vietnam 1950-02-08

See also


  1. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Afghan embassy in Sofia
  2. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Kabul
  3. ^ Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Bulgaria (in French only)
  4. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Algiers
  5. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Luanda
  6. ^ Angolan embassy in Athens (also accredited to Bulgaria)
  7. ^ List of Treaties ruling relations Argentina and Bulgaria (Argentine Foreign Ministry, in Spanish)
  8. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Yerevan
  9. ^ Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Bulgaria
  10. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Canberra
  11. ^ Austrian Foreign Ministry: list of bilateral treaties with Bulgaria (in German only)
  12. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Vienna
  13. ^ "Bulgariens Präsident von pünktlichem EU-Beitritt 2007 überzeugt". he Federal President of the Republic of Austria. Retrieved 2009-05-14.  
  14. ^ Embassy of Azerbaijan in Bulgaria
  15. ^ Embassy of Bulgaria in Azerbaijan
  16. ^ Belarusian embassy in Sofia (in Belarusian and Bulgarian only)
  17. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Minsk
  18. ^ Belgian embassy Sofia
  19. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Brussels (in Bulgarian and French only)
  20. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Sarajevo
  21. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Bosnian embassy in Sofia
  22. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Prague
  23. ^ Czech Republic embassy in Sofia
  24. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Beijing
  25. ^ Chinese embassy in Sofia
  26. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Ottawa
  27. ^ Bulgarian consulate in Toronto
  28. ^ Canadian Foreign Affairs and International Trade Office about the relations with Bulgaria
  29. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Sofia
  30. ^ Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Intergration: list of bilateral treaties with Bulgaria
  31. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Copenhagen
  32. ^ Danish embassy in Sofia
  33. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Tbilissi
  34. ^ Georgian embassy in Sofia
  35. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Berlin (in German and Bulgarian only)
  36. ^ German embassy in Sofia (in German and Bulgarian only)
  37. ^ Bulgarian embassy in New Delhi
  38. ^ Indian embassy in Sofia
  39. ^ Official Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  40. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Tehran
  41. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Iranian embassy in Sofia
  42. ^ Iranian embassy in Sofia
  43. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Baghdad
  44. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Iraqi embassy in Sofia
  45. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Dublin
  46. ^ Irish embassy in Bulgaria
  47. ^ Israeli embassy in Sofia
  48. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Rome
  49. ^ Bulgarian general consulate in Milan
  50. ^ Italian embassy in Sofia
  51. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Tokyo
  52. ^ Japanese embassy in Sofia (in Bulgarian and Japanese only)
  53. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Almaty
  54. ^ "Sofia Officially Recognizes Pristina Sovereignty". 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-20.  
  55. ^ "Bulgaria to Issue Visas in Pristina",, 27 May 2008. Link accessed 2008-05-27.
  56. ^ Bulgarian Foreign Ministry: direction of the Bulgarian honorary consulate in Riga
  57. ^ Bulgarian Foreign Ministry: direction of the Latvian honorary consulate in Sofia
  58. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Beirut
  59. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Lebanese embassy in Sofia
  60. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Vilnius
  61. ^ Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign affairs
  62. ^ Bulgarian Policies on the Republic of Macedonia: Recommendations on the development of good neighbourly relations following Bulgaria’s accession to the EU and in the context of NATO and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans. Sofia: Manfred Wörner Foundation, 2008. 80 pp. (Trilingual publication in Bulgarian, Macedonian and English) ISBN 978-954-92032-2-6
  63. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  64. ^ Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  65. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Mexico City
  66. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Mexican honorary consulate in Sofia
  67. ^ Mexican embassy in Budapest, also accredited to Bulgaria (in Spanish only)
  68. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Chişinău
  69. ^ Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Bulgaria
  70. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Rabat
  71. ^ Bulgarian embassy The Hague
  72. ^ Dutch embassy Sofia
  73. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Oslo
  74. ^ Norwegian embassy in Sofia
  75. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Islamabad
  76. ^ Paraguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations
  77. ^ Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations about relations with Bulgaria (in Spanish only)
  78. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Brasilia (also accredited to Peru)
  79. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Warsaw
  80. ^ Polish embassy in Sofia
  81. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Lisbon
  82. ^ Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Portuguese embassy in Sofia
  83. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Moscow (in Bulgarian and Russian)
  84. ^ Russian embassy in Sofia
  85. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Bratislava
  86. ^ Slovakia has an embassy in Sofia
  87. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Ljubljana
  88. ^ Slovenian Foreign Ministry: directions of diplomatic representation of both countries
  89. ^ South African Department of Foreign Affairs about relations with Bulgaria
  90. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Seoul
  91. ^ South Korean embassy in Sofia
  92. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Madrid
  93. ^ Spanish embassy in Sofia (in Bulgarian and Spanish only)
  94. ^ "Bulgarian-Sudanese Diplomatic Relations". Sudan Embassy in Bulgaria. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  95. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Stockholm
  96. ^ Swedish embassy in Sofia
  97. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Bern
  98. ^ Swiss embassy in Sofia
  99. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Damascus
  100. ^ Syrian embassy in Sofia
  101. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Bangkok
  102. ^ Thai honorary consulate in Sofia
  103. ^ Thai Village in Bulgaria
  104. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Tunis
  105. ^ Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Bulgaria (in French only)
  106. ^ Bulgarian embassies in Turkey
  107. ^ Turkish embassy in Sofia
  108. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Kiev (in Bulgarian only)
  109. ^ "Bulgarian embassy in Tashkent". Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  110. ^ "Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  111. ^ "Uzbek-Bulgarian Relations Are Developing Dynamically". Turkish Weekly. February 24, 2009. Retrieved May 05, 2009.  
  112. ^ "Uzbekistan Not Interested in Supplying Natural Gas for Nabucco". Novinite Sofia News Agency. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-05-05.  
  113. ^ Bulgarian embassy in London
  114. ^ British embassy in Sofia
  115. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Hanoi
  116. ^ Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Bulgaria

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