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Since 1999, Bulgaria has been divided into 28 provinces (Bulgarian: области, oblasti; singular област, oblast; also translated as "region") which correspond approximately to the 28 okrugs (districts) that existed before 1987. From 1987 until 1999, beginning with the Communist administration of Todor Zhivkov, the okrugs were consolidated into nine larger oblasts.[1]

Each oblast is named after its capital. In the case of Sofia Oblast and Sofia City, Sofia is the capital of both provinces, but its territory is only included in Sofia City.

The provinces are further subdivided into 260 municipalities (община, obshtina).

Province Population (2005) Population growth (2004/2005) Land area (km²) Population density (/km²) Municipalities
Blagoevgrad 334,907 -0.8% 6,478 51.70 14
Burgas 418,925 -0.2% 7,618 55.00 13
Dobrich 206,893 -0.8% 4,700 44.02 8
Gabrovo 135,780 -1.2% 2,053 66.96 4
Haskovo 268,335 -0.7% 4,033 66.53 11
Kardzhali 159,878 -0.7% 4,032 39.65 6
Kyustendil 154,468 -1.2% 3,027 51.03 9
Lovech 159,214 -1.3% 4,134 38.99 8
Montana 166,775 -2.0% 3,595 47.35 11
Pazardzhik 300,092 -1.0% 4,393 68.31 11
Pernik 142,251 -1.3% 2,377 59.84 6
Pleven 305,025 -1.5% 4,216 73.64 11
Plovdiv 707,570 -0.2% 5,973 118 18
Razgrad 140,743 -1.0% 2,648 53.15 7
Ruse 256,835 -0.7% 2,616 99.07 8
Shumen 199,577 -0.6% 3,365 59.31 10
Silistra 135,701 -1.3% 2,862 47.41 7
Sliven 211,005 -1.0% 3,646 47.41 4
Smolyan 133,015 -1.5% 3,532 37.66 10
Sofia (city) 1,231,622 +1.0% 1,349 913 24
Sofia (province) 262,032 -1.1% 7,277 36.01 22
Stara Zagora 362,090 -0.5% 4,959 73.02 11
Targovishte 136,806 -1.0% 2,735 50.02 5
Varna 457,922 -0.1% 3,819 120 12
Veliko Tarnovo 283,599 -0.5% 4,684 60.99 10
Vidin 117,809 -2.0% 3,071 39.11 11
Vratsa 209,124 -1.7% 4,098 51.89 10
Yambol 147,906 -1.1% 4,209 35.14 5

History

In 1987, the then-existing twenty-eight okrugs were transformed into nine large oblasts. In 1999, the old okrugs were restored, but the name "oblast" was kept. The nine large oblasts are listed below, along with the pre-1987 okrugs or post-1999 oblasts comprising them.

Provinces of Bulgaria from 1987 to 1998
1987-1999
oblasts
Comprising
Burgas Burgas, Sliven, Yambol
Haskovo Haskovo, Kardzhali, Stara Zagora
Lovech Gabrovo, Lovech, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo
Montana Montana, Vidin, Vratsa
Plovdiv Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan
Razgrad Razgrad, Ruse, Silistra, Targovishte
Sofia Sofia City
Sofia Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Pernik, Sofia
Varna Dobrich, Shumen, Varna

See also

References

  1. ^ Government Structure of Bulgaria at countrystudies.us, a website affiliated with the Library of Congress
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