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Nova Zagora
Нова Загора
Nova Zagora is located in Bulgaria
Nova Zagora
Location of Nova Zagora
Coordinates: 42°29′28″N 26°0′52″E / 42.49111°N 26.01444°E / 42.49111; 26.01444Coordinates: 42°29′28″N 26°0′52″E / 42.49111°N 26.01444°E / 42.49111; 26.01444
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Sliven
Government
 - Mayor Nikolaj Grozev
Elevation 131 m (430 ft)
Population (2005)
 - Total 26,095
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 8900
Area code(s) 0457

Nova Zagora (Bulgarian: Нова Загора) is a town with a population of approximately 26,000 people in the city, and approximately 48,000 in the entire municipality (which includes 33 surrounding villages). It is located in the southeastern plains of Bulgaria.

The first traces of life in the region date back thousands of years. Many archeological sites are located in the region, showing settlements dating back to the Stone Age and the Stone-Copper age (Eneolithic). The most prominent archeological site is in the nearby village of Karanovo. The Nova Zagora Historical Museum has many historically significant artifacts dating back to this era.

The region is very fertile, growing a wide range of produce including grapes, sunflowers and cereals.

Nova Zagora is located on the main Sofia-Plovdiv-Burgas railroad, as well as the Trakia Highway that runs from Sofia to Burgas. It is 35 km east of Stara Zagora and 30 km west of Sliven. The Nova Zagora Municipality is part of the Sliven administrative district.

Nova Zagora has Roma (Gypsy) and Turkish minority. Official estimates indicate that approximately 12 percent of the population is from these ethnic minorities. The town suffers from high levels of unemployment (estimated at 23 percent), and the population has been declining.

The climate is mild, with the average winter temperature at 1.2 degrees Celsius, and the average August temperature of 23.5 degrees.

The town has a variety of sports facilities, including tennis, athletics, karate and there is also a football team called Zagorets Nova Zagora.

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