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Coordinates: 42°25′N 25°30′E / 42.417°N 25.5°E / 42.417; 25.5

Stara Zagora Province
Област Стара Загора
Map of Bulgaria indicating Stara Zagora Province
Capital Stara Zagora
Area 5,151.1 km²
Population 388,556
Municipalities 11
License plate province code CT
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
EET (UTC+2)
EEST (UTC+3)
Governor Yordan Nikolov
Website http://www.sz.government.bg/

Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: Област Стара Загора) is a province of south central Bulgaria. Its main city is Stara Zagora, second biggest city is Kazanlak. There is another town nearby called Radnevo. On the edge of Radnevo there is a coal production facility.Radnevo is 20 kilometers south of Stara Zagora. There are approximately 390,000 residents of Stara Zagora Province, while the population of Stara Zagora and Kazanlak towns is 178,000 and 65,000 respectively.

Stara Zagora has the following municipalities:

Stara Zagora is a cultural centre of particular significance for Bulgaria as it is an ancient Thracian, subsequently Greek, Roman and Byzantine metropolis. The oldest Neolithic remains were found in Stara Zagora. The famous film of BBC The History of Europe starts with the Neolithic museum in Stara Zagora. It shows the remains of the first homes of the people in Europe. Stara Zagora is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

In October 2004, Stara Zagora Province was awarded for having the best quality of life in Europe, together with Greater Zürich (Switzerland), and ahead of Andalucia (Spain), and Flanders (Belgium). The award was given by fDi Magazine, produced by the renowned Financial Times Group, for the region's low-cost, newly built accommodation and rich cultural heritage.

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