Capital: Sofia

Population: 7,080,027 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)

Official Language: Bulgarian

Unofficial Languages: Turkish, Roma, and others

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Bulgarian, Turkish, Roma, and others

Largest Cities: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas

Main Sport: Football, Ski, Basketball

Political System: Parliamentary Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Liberation Day (March 3)

Orthodox Good Friday (April 29)

Orthodox Holy Easter (April 30-May 2)

Labour Day (May 1)

Saint George’s Day and Army Day (May 6)

St Cyril and Methodius Day (Day of Culture and Literacy) (May 24)

Unification Day (September 6)

Independence Day (September 22)

Christmas (December 25-26)