10 things you didn’t know about Bulgaria, the Land of Roses

10 things you didn’t know about Bulgaria, the Land of Roses

If you’ve never been to Bulgaria then keep reading! We’re going to reveal amazing things that will inspire you to add this new destination to your travel list! Bulgaria is located in the Balkan peninsula and shares the Black Sea with neighbours like Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Romania. The golden-like sand attracts thousands of tourists every year and it’s a love destination among people seeking good quality at decent prices. We are here to tell you that Bulgaria has it all, from a rich cultural background, beautiful natural landscapes to modern cities and fancy holiday resorts. It makes the country a great family holiday destination. 

1 – We call Bulgaria the “Silicon Valley of the Eastern Block”.

If you want to hire great people for your start-up company or maybe look for an office for your multi-million dollar company, Bulgaria is the place to be. For a few hundred dollars a month, you can get great people in Bulgaria who can do the same tasks as western employees but for a fraction of the cost. 

2 – There are only 32 nonstop pharmacies throughout Bulgaria.

The most difficult task when you fall sick while travelling is to find a pharmacy in Bulgaria as they only have 32 non-stop working pharmacies. They’re not even located in the biggest most travelled regions, so if you happen to visit the country, make sure to have all the pills you need in case of emergency.

3 – The selling of a company in Bulgaria has caught the world’s eye.

A whole political crisis emerged when everyone suspected it had to do with the minister of energy that wanted to get some money out of the deal. This led to the resignation of the minister but all allegations were denied night as to what part he took in the deal.

4 – They want to leave the NATO agreement.

This idea of leaving the alliance started to spring up amongst people and was promoted by politicians. The political party of Vola started to promote the idea of the referendum on Bulgaria’s exit from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) because they feel like it’s robbing them of money and resources and that it causes more trouble for the country. 

5 – Electricity in Bulgaria is more expensive than other Western European countries.

In Bulgaria, people have to pay more for basic utilities like electricity than any other country in the EU. This is because the competition in the market is low and prices are set by the big entities.

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6 – The world’s largest and oldest treasure was found in Bulgaria.

A large medieval gold treasure consisting of adornments made of precious metals and semi-precious stones has been discovered in Kazon Lakh, in central Bulgaria. The gold treasure weighs a total of 3 kg and even though its origins remain unknown, according to archaeology it appears to date back to the 12th to the 14th century from the time of the second Bulgarian empire. 

7 – Rosewater, rose oil and some perfumes come from Bulgarian roses.

Bulgaria is one of the biggest and most important rosewater, rose oil and other derivatives producers. On the South of the Balkan mountains, you’ll find the rose valley, a large area where all roses grow. The area produces close to half of the world’s rose oil. Products containing Bulgarian rose and rose oil or other Bulgarian products are very popular on the big Chinese market over recent years. 

8 – Bulgaria is a part of the EU so inhabitants can travel within the EU countries without a visa.

Because of this, more Bulgarian have travelled to Western countries and experienced a lot of products and services. With that, they realise that products exported to Eastern European countries don’t fall under the same standards. A study found differences in ingredients and prices at some brands of food products between those sold in Bulgaria and those in other Western European countries. After that report, the Bulgarian ministry urged Europe to change regulations so that all EU countries have the same food standards and enjoy the same quality.

9 – Bulgarian yoghurt is the best in the world.

Most people know 2 types of plain and greek yoghurt. What people don’t know is that Bulgarian yoghurt is the most popular variety of yoghurt in the world. And it is easy to understand why, because of its thick creamy and delicious texture. This wonderful probiotic food has impeccable ancestry and exists for at least 4,000 years.

10 – Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no.

This custom persists in Bulgaria to the present day. However, most Bulgarians are aware that their custom varies from many other cultures. If a Bulgarian knows he’s speaking with a foreigner they might accommodate a visitor by reversing their motions.

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