Bulgaria’s Major Cities

Sofia

the capital and business and financial center. Produces 34.3% of GDP in Bulgaria. Outsourcing destination for multinational companies, among which TeleTech, AIG, Sitel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, Siemens, CISCO and many others. Sofia hosts 16 language schools with business curriculum; 18 language schools with IT curriculum and 21 universities with 26 000 graduates per year. The city is a major point of interest, featuring nice parks, a nice town center, many bars, pubs, and nightclubs, over 250 historic landmarks and architectural monuments, and a great deal of cultural places of interest. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Sofia is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe and the only city besides Jerusalem with an Orthodox church, a Catholic cathedral, a mosque and a synagogue built within a square kilometer.

Burgas

is one of Bulgaria’s emerging oursourcing locations in Bulgaria. Major tourist destination as well as a major administrative, industrial, and educational center The city is a university
center for economic and management studies, informatics and technical studies, humanities, law and languages. It hosts 2 universities with 3,500 graduates per year and 4 language schools. It is well known for its commercial port (Port of Burgas) and oil refinery, picturesque waterfront and nearby downtown and shopping area makes this city is also popular for tourists. Well-developed transport infrastructure including an international airport.

Plovdiv

Bulgaria’s second largest city and emerging outsourcing destination. One of the fastest growing cities with an average GDP growth of 12-13%. Well-developed transport infrastructure including an international airport. Three of the five Pan-European corridors pass near the city (IV, VIII and X). Plovdiv hosts 5 universities, 12 000 graduates per year and has 3 language schools. The city features many parks, an ancient city with a preserved amphitheater, and many "revival" style Bulgaria homes.

Varna

Bulgaria’s third largest city and emerging outsourcing destination. Third in the country by foreign investments per capita. Existing operations: Keppel Fels, Baltech, SysMaster, TaxBack, EXL, HP, AT Consult. Varna hosts 12 language schools with Business, Mathematics and IT curriculum, 8 technical educational institutions and 5 universities. 24 000 students study in Varna universities each year. Well-developed transport infrastructure including an international airport. The city is also known as summer resort with a notorious nightlife.

Veliko Tarnovo

new emerging outsourcing destination. The city hosts 2 universities and 18 high schools with 8,500 graduates per year. Well developed transport and communication infrastructure. Veliko Tarnovo is known for its picturesque university city near the Yantra river. The city was the capital of medieval Bulgarian Empire.

Blagoevgrad

a university city with many internatinal stutends from Souteast Europe. The city hosts 2 universities, 3 language and several business schools with 3,000 graduates per year. The main international routes connecting Bulgaria with Greece and Bulgaria with the Republic of Macedonia pass through it.

Lovech

known as the "Town of Lilacs" and famous for its Varosha resort

Gabrovo

A popular tourist destination close to the center of the country, providing quick access to other cities, such as Veliko Tarnovo and Kazanlak, the Balkan Mountains and the ski resorts of Uzana.

Russe

university city with high potential to grow as outsourcing destination. The biggest Bulgarian river port and a big industrial centre (automotive industry, ceramics and chemistry) Hosts 3 universities including Russe University wich works with Cornell University in a Special Partnership Program. 8 000 study in faculties of electronics, business and management, transport and logistics, law, natural sciences witj English, Russian, French, or German courses. Known for its special focus on cross-border cooperation with Romania. A total of 2,000 graduates per year from all universities. Russe is known as the "Small Vienna", the city centre offers an impressive architectural ensemble that cannot be found any place else within Bulgaria. The city boasts various places of interest among which the Sexiginta Prista Roman Castle, The Theatre, The House of Caliopa, The Pantheon and others.

Stara Zagora

important economic center, supplying 30% of the total power output in Bulgaria.

Pleven

a historical city, famous for its Panorama monument and for its beautiful parks and fountains in the city centre.

Sozopol

a part of UNESCO heritage, most ancient town at Black Sea coast, old Greek colonies.

 

Rank Name Province Pop
1 Sofia Sofia - Capital 1,204,685
2 Plovdiv Plovdiv 338,153
3 Varna Varna 334,870
4 Burgas Burgas 200,271
5 Ruse Ruse 149,642
6 Stara Zagora Stara Zagora 138,272
7 Pleven Pleven 106,954
8 Sliven Sliven 91,620
9 Dobrich Dobrich 91,030
10 Shumen Shumen 80,855
11 Pernik Pernik 80,191
12 Haskovo Haskovo 76,397
13 Yambol Yambol 74,132
14 Pazardjhik Pazardjhik 71,979
15 Blagoevgrad Blagoevgrad 70,881
16 Veliko Tarnovo Veliko Tarnovo 68,783
17 Vratsa Vratsa 60,692
18 Gabrovo Gabrovo 58,950
19 Asenovgrad Asenovgrad 50,846
20 Vidin Vidin 48,071

 

Sofia offers an easy and fast access to major business and financial centers in Europe and North America as well as to Bulgaria’s cities emerging as outsourcing destination and high potential for growth.