Facts About Bulgaria Probably You Didn’t Know

1. Bulgaria is the only country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established. This happened in 681 AD.

2. Bulgarian Language is a Southern Slavic language with about 12 million speakers mainly in Bulgaria, but also in Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Canada, USA, Australia, Germany and Spain. 

Bulgarian was the first Slavic language to be written.

3. The oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria in Varna Necropolis (near the city of Varna in 294 graves were found 3000 gold objects dating back more than 6000 years).

4. 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.

5. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, the bacterium that is responsible for giving Bulgarian yoghurt its unique flavour and consistency, can be found only in Bulgarian air.

7. John Vincent Atanasoff was a physicist and inventor of Bulgarian descent, best known for inventing the first electronic digital computer.

6. The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in battle.

8. Nearly one third of Bulgaria is covered in forests. Watch bits of Bulgarian nature, accompanied by the famous song "Prituri Se Planinata" by Stefka Sabotinova.

9. The roses grown in Bulgaria’s “Rose Valley” produce most (70-85%) of the world’s rose oil for perfume industry.

10. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the oldest Slavic Orthodox Church.

11. With the accession of Bulgaria to the EU on January 1, 2007, Cyrillic became the third official alphabet of the EU.

12. The Cyrillic script was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire during the 9th century AD at the Preslav Literary School by disciples of the Greek brothers Cyril and Methodius. The Bulgarian Saint Clement of Ohrid is often associated with the creation of the the Cyrillic.

13. The first air-dropped bomb in Military History was developed by the Bulgarian Air Force during the first Balkan War and was used on October 16th, 1912 by Lieut. Radul Milkov and Lieut. Prodan Tarakchiev.

14. Stefka Kostadinova won the high jump of the World Championships in Rome with the sensational 2.09 metres. It has been 28 years since then and no other woman has managed to match or beat this record.

15. Another world record is hold by Yordanka Donkova in 100 metres hurdles. With time of 12.21 min. this record hasn’t been broken for 27 years.

16. Ivet Lalova is the only athlete, who following a 2 years break of her sports carrier - due to a heavy leg injury - has achieved the recognition of being the European Champion of 100 meters and the world's fastest white female. According to leading specialists in the sports medicine - this is a world precedent.

17. Yordan Yovchev is the only athlete in the world, who has participated in six consecutive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2012.

18. In 1976 UNESCO declared the ancient Bulgarian calendar as the most accurate in the world.

19. Rayna Kasabova was a Bulgarian air force pilot and the first womаn in the world who participated in a military flight.

20. Junior Eurovision 2015 in Sofia: The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is entering its thirteenth edition celebrating the best young European singers and songwriters. The 2015 edition will be hosted by BNT Bulgaria on 21 November 2015 in the Arena Armeec!