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Since 1999, Bulgaria has been divided into 28 oblast (Bulgarian: области, oblasti; singular област, oblast; also translated as "region" or "province") which correspond approximately to the 28 districts (okrugs) that existed before 1987. In 1987, during the Communist regime of Todor Zhivkov, the districts were consolidated into nine larger provinces (oblasts), which survived until 1999.[1]

Each oblast is named after its capital. In the case of Sofia Oblast and Sofia Capital, Sofia is the capital of both, but its territory is only included in Sofia Capital.

The oblasts are further subdivided into 264 municipalities (община, obshtina).

Province Population (Census 2001)[2][3] Population (Census 2011)[2][3] Population growth (2001/2011)[2] Land area (km²) Population density (/km²) Obshtinas
Blagoevgrad 341,173 323,552 -5.2% 6,478 49.95 14
Burgas 423,547 415,817 -1.8% 7,618 54.5813
Dobrich 215,217 189,677 -11.9% 4,700 40.368
Gabrovo 144,125 122,702 -14.9% 2,053 59.774
Haskovo 277,478 246,238 -11.3% 4,033 61.0611
Kardzhali 164,019 152,808 -6.8% 4,032 37.90 7
Kyustendil 162,534 136,686 -15.9% 3,027 45.169
Lovech 169,951 141,422 -16.8% 4,134 34.21 8
Montana 182,258 148,098 -18.7% 3,595 41.2011
Pazardzhik 310,723 275,548 -11.3% 4,393 62.72 11
Pernik 149,832 133,530 -10.9% 2,377 56.18 6
Pleven 311,985 269,752 -13.5% 4,216 63.98 11
Plovdiv 715,816 683,027 -4.6% 5,973 114.35 18
Razgrad 152,417 125,190 -17.9% 2,648 47.28 7
Ruse 266,157 235,252 -11.6% 2,616 89.93 8
Shumen 204,378 180,528 -11.7% 3,365 53.6510
Silistra 142,000 119,474 -15.9% 2,862 41.74 7
Sliven 218,474 197,473 -9.6% 3,646 54.16 4
Smolyan 140,066 121,752 -13.1% 3,532 34.47 10
Sofia-Capital 1,170,842 1,291,591 +10.3% 1,349 957.44 1
Sofia (province) 273,240 247,489 -9.4% 7,277 34.01 22
Stara Zagora 370,615 333,265 -10.1% 4,959 67.2011
Targovishte 137,689 120,818 -12.3% 2,735 44.175
Varna 462,013 475,074 +2.8% 3,819 124.4012
Veliko Tarnovo 293,172 258,494 -11.8% 4,684 55.1910
Vidin 130,074 101,018 -22.3% 3,071 32.8911
Vratsa 243,036 186,848 -23.1% 4,098 45.5910
Yambol 156,070 131,447 -15.8% 4,209 31.235

History Edit

In 1987, the then-existing twenty-eight districts were transformed into nine large provinces. In 1999, the old districts were restored, but the designation "province" ("oblast") was kept. The nine large provinces are listed below, along with the pre-1987 districts (post-1999 provinces) comprising them.

Oblasti 1987-1998 by Plamen Tsvetkov

Provinces of Bulgaria from 1987 to 1998

1987-1999
oblasts
Comprising
Burgas Burgas, Sliven, Yambol
Haskovo Haskovo, Kardzhali, Stara Zagora
Lovech Gabrovo, Lovech, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo
Montana Montana, Vidin, Vratsa
Plovdiv Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan
Razgrad Razgrad, Ruse, Silistra, Targovishte
Sofia Sofia City
Sofia Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Pernik, Sofia
Varna Dobrich, Shumen, Varna
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References Edit

  1. ^ Government Structure of Bulgaria at countrystudies.us, a website affiliated with the Library of Congress
  2. ^ a b c http://www.nsi.bg/EPDOCS/Census2011final.pdf Census 2011 PDF
  3. ^ a b http://censusresults.nsi.bg/Welcome.aspx Census 2011
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