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Stamboliyski is located in Bulgaria
Location of Stamboliyski
Coordinates: 42°8′N 24°32′E / 42.133°N 24.533°E / 42.133; 24.533
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Ivan Yakov
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 13,266
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 4210
Area code(s) 0339

Stamboliyski (Стамболийски) is a town in southern Bulgaria, part of Plovdiv Province. It emerged in 1873-1875, when the Istanbul-Belovo railway was built. It was initially called Gara Krichim ('Krichim Station') after the largest village in the vicinity then, Krichim.

The first settlers came from Brestovitsa and Perushtitsa, which together with railway workers from Peshtera established a village north of the railway line, which in 1926 had 224 residents. Refugees from the parts of Thrace and Macedonia under foreign rule arrived in 1926-1928 and the population grew to 554 in 1934. Industrialist from the larger cities founded factories in Gara Krichim and the village developed into a regional centre of industry and transport. It was proclaimed a town in 1964, and after the village of Krichim also acquired town status in 1969, it was renaimed Novi Krichim ('New Krichim'). In 1979, the name was changed to Stamboliyski in honour of Aleksandar Stamboliyski, a former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and agrarian leader.


Stamboliyski is also the seat of Stamboliyski municipality (part of Plovdiv Province), which includes the following 4 villages:

  • Kurtovo Konare
  • Novo Selo
  • Trivoditsi
  • Yoakim Gruevo


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