For Bulgaria you need a valid passport or a valid identity card.
Banks in Bulgaria are open Monday / Friday from 9-12 and 15-17. Most restaurants are open from 11:00 to 24:00. Most shops are open from 10-20 hours. Museums are usually open from 10-17 hours.
The main camping organization in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Association of Camping and Caravanning (bacc-camping.bg). It is prohibited to camp freely in nature.
The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia.
Bulgaria has a Central European continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. South of the Balkan Mountains atmosphere is a milder climate with Mediterranean characteristics. From July / September there is a pleasant summer climate. From December / to April skiing is possible in the mountain regions of Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian economy is still hampered by the social changes in the nineties. Agriculture include tobacco, fruit, wine, fruits and rose oil. The mining industry produces lignite, iron ore, lead and zinc. National resources in Bulgaria: bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, coal and timber.
In Bulgaria they have 230 volts.
The average flight time from Amsterdam to Sofia is 2 h. 13 min. There are 68 airports in Bulgaria.
The official name of Bulgaria is Republic of Bulgaria/ Republika Balgarija. Bulgaria is situated in Southeastern Europe, in the east of the Balkans and south of the Danube river.
Bulgaria has in the east 378 km coastline on the Black Sea. The country is bordered by Romania to the north (608 km) by Serbia (318 km) and Macedonia (148 km) to the west, by Greece (494 km) in the south and by European Turkey in the southeast. The Danube forms the bulk of the northern border. In the south are the Rhodope Mountains. Southeastern Bulgaria is called Thrace, the Thracians who lived in ancient times. The Danube, the Iskar, Maritsa and Strimon are the main rivers.
Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic and is divided into 28 provinces. Bulgaria is a member of the EU since 2007 and is one of the five member states not participating in the Schengen Agreement.
For Bulgaria there are no compulsory vaccinations needed. However, in some cases it is recommended to get vaccinated against DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, polio) and hepatitis A. The medical care in Bulgaria is reasonable, but the quality is very different.
Bulgaria has 6,981,642 (2013) inhabitants. Most residents of Bulgaria are ethnic Bulgarians. There is a small minority Turks and small groups of Roma, Russians Macedonians.
Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria. In most hotels and in most places they speak also English and German. Bulgarian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet.
The Bulgarian currency is the Bulgarian lev (BGN), the plural is leva. A lev is divided into 100 stotinki (singular stotinka).
For a dog or cat, you need a EU pet passport in Bulgaria. In Bulgaria, both the one-and three-year vaccination scheme is accepted, this schedule should be clearly stated.
The country code of Bulgaria is +359.
Most of the Bulgarian population belongs to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. A minority belong to the Catholic Church, yet there is also a small Muslim minority.
Bulgaria has a total area of 110 910 km ² (about 2.5 times The Netherlands).
The smoking ban in Bulgaria is broadly the same as in the Netherlands, but this is not yet in the restaurants.
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