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Coordinates: 42°40′N 23°40′E / 42.667°N 23.667°E / 42.667; 23.667

Sofia Province
Sofiyska oblast

Софийска област
Map of Bulgaria indicating Sofia ProvinceSofiyska oblast
Capital Sofia
Area 7,059 km²
Population 273,240 (2006)
Population density 38.7/km²
Municipalities 22
License plate province code CO
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
Governor Danail Kirilov

Sofia Province (Bulgarian: Софийска област, Sofiyska oblast) is a province (oblast) of Bulgaria. It borders three sides of the city of Sofia (which is in a separate oblast, see Sofia Administration), but does not include it.

A waterfall near the village of Kostenets

The province has a territory of 7 059km² and has 273 240 inhabitants. The land is predominantly mountainous. To the north are the southern slopes of the Balkan Mountains and to the south rises Rila with the highest point in the peninsular Musala. There are also several smaller mountains and spacious valleys. One of the most important ski resorts in Bulgaria, Borovets, is located here close to Samokov.

Industry is well developed. Mining and ferrous metallurgy are the backbone of the economy with the largest copper refinery in South Eastern Europe in Pirdop and important copper mines at Chelopech and Etropole. Machinery is well developed in Botevgrad (buses, car components, electronics), Pravets (computers), Etropole, Samokov, Elin Pelin, Ihtiman, Slivnitsa, Godech. The centre of food and sugar industry is Svoge. This is also the birthplace of bass/baritone opera singer and musician Boris Damianov.


Municipalities of Sofia province

The Sofia province (Област, oblast) contains 22 municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.[1] Town/Village Pop.[1]
Anton Антон 1,650 Anton 1,650
Botevgrad Ботевград 36,183 Botevgrad 23,694
Bozhurishte Божурище 6,735 Bozhurishte 4,829
Chavdar Чавдар 1,252 Chavdar 1,252
Chelopech Челопеч 1,571 Chelopech 1,571
Dolna Banya Долна баня 4,917 Dolna Banya 4,917
Dragoman Драгоман 5,373 Dragoman 3,541
Elin Pelin Елин Пелин 22,015 Elin Pelin 7,293
Etropole Етрополе 13,773 Etropole 12,078
Godech Годеч 5,670 Godech 4,783
Gorna Malina Горна Малина 5,668 Gorna Malina 1,357
Ihtiman Ихтиман 18,903 Ihtiman 14,571
Koprivshtitsa Копривщица 2,547 Koprivshtitsa 2,547
Kostenets Костенец 14,154 Kostenets 7,762
Kostinbrod Костинброд 16,145 Kostinbrod 11,523
Mirkovo Мирково 2,534 Mirkovo 1,707
Pirdop Пирдоп 9,217 Pirdop 8,361
Pravets Правец 7,919 Pravets 4,440
Samokov Самоков 41,544 Samokov 30,085
Slivnitsa Сливница 9,511 Slivnitsa 7,790
Svoge Своге 22,557 Svoge 8,741
Zlatitsa Златица 6,274 Zlatitsa 5,529


  1. ^ a b (Bulgarian) Population Chart as of 15 March 2009 from Directorate General: Civil Registration and Administrative Services

See also

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : Balkans : Bulgaria : Sofia Province

Sofia Province is in Bulgaria. It borders three sides of the city of Sofia, which is a separate province (oblast).

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