Haskovo Oblast
Област Хасково
—  Oblast (Province)  —
Monument of the Holy Mother of God in Haskovo, worlds highest monument of the Virgin Mary
Location of Haskovo Oblast in Bulgaria
Coordinates: 41°50′N 25°55′E / 41.833, 25.917
Country Bulgaria
Oblast Capital Haskovo
Obshtinas (Communes) Dimitrovgrad, Harmanli, Haskovo, Ivaylovgrad, Lyubimets, Madzharovo, Mineralni bani, Simeonovgrad, Stambolovo, Svilengrad, Topolovgrad
Government
 • Governor Rumen Danov (2009-)
Area
 • Total 5,533.3 km2 (2,136.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 242,030
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration X
Website hs.government.bg

Haskovo Oblast (province) (Bulgarian: Област Хасково - Oblast Haskovo, former name Haskovo okrug) is an oblast in southern Bulgaria, neighbouring Greece and Turkey to the southeast, comprising parts of the Thracian valley along the river Maritsa. It is named after its administrative and industrial centre - the city of Haskovo. The province embraces a territory of 5,533.3 km²[1] that is divided into 11 Obshtinas (communities) with a total population, as of December 2009, of 256,408 inhabitants.[2][3][4]

Obshtinas[edit | edit source]

Obshtinas of Haskovo Oblast

Haskovo Oblast (Област, oblast) contains 11 obshtinas (communes) [5] (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each obshtina in English and Cyrillic, the main town or village (towns are shown in bold), and the population of each as of December 2009.

Obshtina (Commune) Cyrillic Pop.[2][3][4] Town/Village Pop.[6][3][7][8][9]
Dimitrovgrad Димитровград 56,882 Dimitrovgrad 39,510
Harmanli Харманли 25,711 Harmanli 18,557
Haskovo Хасково 96,499 Haskovo 77,050
Ivaylovgrad Ивайловград 6,761 Ivaylovgrad 3,756
Lyubimets Любимец 10,400 Lyubimets 7,670
Madzharovo Маджарово 1,800 Madzharovo 590
Mineralni bani Минерални бани 6,542 Mineralni bani 1,303
Simeonovgrad Симеоновград 9,371 Simeonovgrad 7,049
Stambolovo Стамболово 6,122 Stambolovo 609
Svilengrad Свиленград 24,142 Svilengrad 18,132
Topolovgrad Тополовград 12,178 Topolovgrad 5,730

Demography[edit | edit source]

Haskovo Oblast had a population of 277,483 (277,478 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female.[10] As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 256,408[2] of which 25.8% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[11]

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:

Haskovo Oblast
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 235,248 272,100 287,996 330,132 334,584 295,503 277,483 267,204 263,019 256,408 242,030
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

Religion[edit | edit source]

Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:[12]

Census 2001
religious adherence population %
Orthodox Christians 227,593 82.03%
Muslims 33,780 12.17%
Roman Catholics 426 0.15%
Protestants 1,846 0.67%
Other 1,833 0.66%
Religion not mentioned 12,000 4.32%
total 277,478 100%

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