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Coordinates: 43°25′N 24°40′E / 43.417°N 24.667°E / 43.417; 24.667

Pleven Province
Област Плевен
Map of Bulgaria indicating Pleven Province
Capital Pleven
Area 4,333.54 km²
Population 320,449 GRAO (14.09.2007)
Municipalities Belene, Gulyantsi, Dolna Mitropoliya, Dolni Dabnik,
Levski, Nikopol, Iskar,
Pleven, Pordim,
Cherven Bryag, Knezha
License plate province code EH
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
EET (UTC+2)
EEST (UTC+3)
Governor Tsvetko Tsvetkov
Website http://www.pleven-oblast.bg/

Pleven Province (Bulgarian: Област Плевен) or Plevenska Oblast (Bulgarian: Плевенска Област) is a province located in central northern Bulgaria, bordering the Danube river, Romania and the Bulgarian provinces of Vratsa, Veliko Tarnovo and Lovech. Pleven Province embraces a territory of 4,333.54 km² and a population of 310,449. The capital is the city of Pleven.

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Naming

The following Bulgarian terms may be used:

  • Плевенска област (Plevenska oblast)
  • Област Плевен (Oblast Pleven)
  • Плевенски окръг (Plevenski okrag), obsolete
  • Окръг Плевен (Okrag Pleven), obsolete

Geography

The province is part of the central Danubian Plain. It is crossed from south to north by the rivers Iskar, Vit and Osam (in west-east order); the river valleys are separated by limestone plateaus.

Administrative subdivision

Map of Pleven Province with municipal centres marked

Pleven Province is subdivided into the following municipalities (община / obshtina).

Demographics

According to the 2001 census, the population of the province is 311,985, of which Bulgarians constitute an overwhelming majority of 280,475. 16,931 signed as Turks (though this number very likely also includes many Roma) and 9,777 as Roma.

In terms of religion, 275,112 declared to be Eastern Orthodox, 15,681 Muslim and 7,065 Roman Catholic (second largest number in the country).

283,626 people specified Bulgarian as their mother tongue, 14,947 declared to speak Turkish at home, while the native speakers of Roma are 8,861.

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