Key facts about Bulgaria

Bulgaria is expected to become a member of EU at the year 2007. 

Capital Sity
Sofia. Population 1.2million. 

The unit of currency is the Bulgarian Lev (BGN), plural Leva. The lev was tied to the German Deutschmark by the currency board (summer 1997) at a rate of BGN 1 to DM 1 and (in January 1999) also to the Euro at a rate of BGN 1= EURO 1.956. 
Variations in the exchange rate of pounds sterling and the mark/Euro will therefore be reflected in the exchange rate of pounds sterling to leva. 

The following denominations are in circulation: 
Notes: 1,2,5,10,20,50,100 Leva 
Coins: 1,2,5,10,20,50 Stotinki 


Bulgaria is situated in Southeast Europe and occupies the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula.To the north it borders on Romania, to the west on the Republic of Macedonia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to the east on the Black Sea, to the south on Greece and to the southeast on Turkey's European part.
Area: 111.000 sq km.

Time zone in Bulgaria 
Bulgaria is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). 

The official language is Bulgarian. Bulgarian is an Indo-European language, a member of the South branch of the Slavic languages, along with Serbo-Croatian, and Slovenian.
English is widely used. German is spoken and a number of people in Sofia have a knowledge of French. As the Russian and Bulgarian languages are closely related, Russian speakers should be able to make themselves understood. 

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