Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe, on the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, and it is closer to the Equator than the pole.
The Danube River is important for the country, for water resources and for species diversity.
It is one of the oldest Christian states in Europe, and it was part of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years before gaining its independence in the 19th century.
Bulgaria has a population of 7.4 million. One its main industries is tourism, and it is famous for its rose oil.
It joined the EU in January 2007.
Bulgarian traditional food is similar to that found in Greece, with shopska salad (tomato, cucumber and cheese), musuka (moussaka), byurek (filo pastries) and sarmi (stuffed vine leaves) all firm favourites.
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