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Coordinates: 42°10′N 24°45′E / 42.167°N 24.75°E / 42.167; 24.75

Plovdiv Province
Област Пловдив
Map of Bulgaria indicating Plovdiv Province
Capital Plovdiv
Area 5,973 km²
Population 755,570 GRAO
Population density 126 persons/km²
Municipalities 18
License plate province code PB
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
EET (UTC+2)
EEST (UTC+3)
Governor Ivan Totev
Website http://www.pd.government.bg/

Plovdiv is an oblast in central southern Bulgaria (formerly part of Eastern Rumelia), onе of the 28 Bulgarian provinces. It comprises 18 municipalities (общини, obshtini, sing. общинa, obshtina); its administrative centre is Plovdiv.

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Geography

View of the Rhodopes near the village of Vrata in the south of the province

It includes parts of the Upper Thracian Plain, the Rhodopes, Sredna Gora, the Sub-Balkan valleys and Stara Planina, including its highest peak Botev (2, 376m). The main rivers in the province are Maritsa, Stryama, Pyasachnik. There are numerous dams, the most important of which is Pyasachnik. Mineral springs are abundant, there are several major spa resorts- Hisarya, Narechen, Banya and minor spas at Klisura, Asenovgrad, Kuklen, Rosino, Krasnovo, Stoletovo and others. There are many natural landmarks, especially in the Central Balkan National Park, including the spectacular waterfall Raysko Praskalo, the highest in the Balkans.

Economy

Walls of the Hissarya fortress

The economy of the province is of great importance. The agricultural production is intensive and efficient with high levels of irrigation. The major crops are fruit (apples, plums, pears, cherries), grapes, melons and watermelons, vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cabbage, potatoes), wheat, rice, barley and others. Industry is very well developed: ferrous metallurgy near Plovdiv; thriving electronics industry in Plovdiv, Saedinenie, Voivodinovo, Radinovo and other villages in the area; agricultural machinery (tractors) in Karlovo, weapon and military plants in Sopot, Karlovo, Plovdiv; chemical industry in Plovdiv, Asenovgrad; food industry is developed almost everywhere, most notably in Plovdiv and Asenovgrad (wines). Tourism is a growing industry with the rich cultural heritage of the province and the numerous mineral springs which are of international importance.

Towns

The province's capital is the city of Plovdiv, other towns include Karlovo, Sopot, Klisura, Kalofer, Hisarya, Saedinenie, Rakovski, Brezovo, Stamboliyski, Krichim, Perushtitsa, Sadovo, Parvomay, Asenovgrad, Laki, Katunica, Yiagodovo.

Municipalities

Old Plovdiv

The Plovdiv province contains 18 municipalities:

  1. Asenovgrad
  2. Brezovo
  3. Hisarya
  4. Kaloyanovo
  5. Karlovo
  6. Krichim
  7. Kuklen
  8. Laki
  9. Maritsa
  10. Parvomay
  11. Perushtitsa
  12. Plovdiv
  13. Rakovski
  14. Rodopi
  15. Sadovo
  16. Saedinenie
  17. Sopot
  18. Stamboliyski

See also

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