An Introduction to Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country located in the east part of Europe and is the continent’s 16th largest country. It is bordered by several countries, including Serbia, Greece, Turkey, and Macedonia. It also has a sea border in the east with the Black Sea. It has a history which dates back to the Neolithic period and has been subjected to and highly influenced by many of the great empires.Bulgaria-Tours

It fell under the influence of both the Greek and Roman Empires, though there were periods of several hundreds of years when the country established its own empire – The Bulgarian Empire. The country has a population of 7.4 million people and introduced a democratic constitution in 1991 after a period of political turbulence which we will discuss in more detail later.

The first empire to exist in the country was the Bulgarian Empire which began in the 1600’s. Though the country had already been strongly influenced by both the Roman Empire and also the Greeks. The empire fell at the hand of the Byzantines some 400 years later. 300 years after the rule of the Byzantine Empire, which had its base in Turkey (then known as Constantinople) a second Bulgarian Empire was established, which lasted until the Ottoman reign took control, around the year 1340. In modern times. Bulgaria was involved in many wars, including the first and second Balkan wars and also in the First World War.

The political system in Bulgaria is a parliamentary democracy with the Prime Minister holding the most power. The country is also a member of NATO and also become a member of the European Union on 1st January 2007. The country has maintained a great deal of stability compared to its neighbors and thus had played an important mediating role in regional conflicts and thus has a large amount of international respect. In recent years the economy has grown significantly and the country is well on its way to being considered well developed.