Did you know?

  • Bulgaria is the only country in Europe that has not changed its name since it was first established back in 681 AD.
  • Thracian Treasure, the oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria and consist of more than 1,600 objects.
  • Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no.
  • The Bulgarian folk song “Izlel e Delyu Haydutin” by the Bulgarian folk music singer Valya Balkanska was sent in deep space on the board of the US Space Probe – Voyager I, as part of a collection of our civilization’s finest cultural artifacts – a message to an alien intelligence.
  • Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, the bacterium that is responsible for giving Bulgarian yoghurt its unique flavour and consistency, can be found only in Bulgaria.
  • John Atanasoff was a physicist and inventor of Bulgarian descent, best known for inventing the first electronic digital computer.
  • The roses grown in Bulgaria’s “Rose Valley” produce 70-85% of the world’s rose oil – a component of the world’s most popular and expensive perfumes. One gram rose oil is produced out of 1000 rose blossoms.
  • In 1976 UNESCO declared the ancient Bulgarian calendar as the most accurate in the world.
  • Bulgaria has the highest number of natural mineral springs in Continental Europe – over 600.
  • The first digital wristwatch was also invented by a Bulgarian - Peter Petroff.
  • Assen Jordanoff, a renowned aircraft engineer and one of the inventors of the airbag, was also of Bulgarian origin.
  • The renowned opera singers Boris Christoff and Nikolai Gyaurov are Bulgarians.
  • Bulgaria comes third in the list of countries with most valuable archaeological sites discovered on their territories, preceded only by Greece and Italy.
  • There is solid historical evidence that wine has been produced on the territory of what is now Bulgaria ever since the Stone Age. Today Bulgaria has the reputation of a world-class wine producer.