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Haskovo is located in the central part of Southern Bulgaria, and its geographical location between Europe and the Middle East is a good prerequisite for international, business and cultural exchange. The population of the city as of December 2019 is 69,219 inhabitants, which makes it the twelfth largest city in the country.

Haskovo Municipality offers many logistical advantages for investors. The branch structure of the economy of Haskovo Municipality is diverse and consists of Bulgarian and international companies of different sizes. In recent years, new enterprises and associations have been established, which conquer not only the local but also the world market with their production.
The GDP per capita in 2018 for the region is BGN 8,545.

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Bulgarian business is increasingly in need of new, educated, smart and dedicated staff, outside our almost exhausted labor market.

In Haskovo operate 1 elementary, 14 primary and 3 secondary schools. There are 2 specialized and 6 vocational high schools, as well as a boarding school for student with special needs.
The higher schools in the city are branches of UNWE - Regional Center for Distance Learning and of the Thracian University - Medical College of Haskovo.
In the town of Haskovo there are 12 kindergartens.
The fee for kindergarten is BGN 1.00 per day.

In the town of Haskovo operate the Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Pneumology and Phthysiatry, the Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment in Oncology, the Center for Mental Health and the Diagnostic and Consulting Center.

Kenana Park is the largest park in the Municipality of Haskovo and is located northeast of the town. It has many restaurants, hotels, swimming pools, summer cinema, children's playground and sports facilities. Here are the tennis courts consisting of 8 equipped courts and professional coaches offering very good conditions for playing tennis and squash. Grigor Dimitrov started his career here.
In Yamacha Park is situated the monument of the Holy Mother of God, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest statue with chapel of the Holy Mother of God and the Infant in the world. The Haskovo stadium was built here with a children's playground. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful view of the whole city and the surrounding area from the central part of Yamacha Part.
The uCity Garden Park has been completely reconstructed in recent years, and its working hours are from 06:00am to 20:00pm in winter season time and from 06:00am to 23:00pm in summer season.

3 pan-European transport corridors pass through the town of Haskovo. Corridor No. 4 connects Western and Central Europe with the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea. Corridor No. 9 connects Northern Europe with the Mediterranean Sea, and on the territory of Bulgaria it goes along the Ruse - Veliko Tarnovo - Stara Zagora - Haskovo - Kardzhali - Podkova road. Corridor No. 10 connects Central Europe with the White Sea and Adriatic Sea, and on the territory of Bulgaria it goes along the Kalotina - Sofia - Plovdiv - Haskovo - Svilengrad road. Part of the corridors No. 4 and No. 10 in their Bulgarian sections the Trakia Highway and the Maritsa Highway, whereby the second one passes through Haskovo. Apart from the Maritsa Highway (Plovdiv - Svilengrad), the town is connected with other settlements in the southern Bulgaria by the Stara Zagora - Haskovo - Kardzhali - Makaza road.
The city public transport is serviced by bus and trolleybus lines.
The public transport subscription card for the trolleybus lines is BGN 30.

The main sports facilities are the Haskovo Stadium and the Mladost Stadium, Yunak sports complex, Spartak complex and Druzhba complex, tennis courts and others.
Some of the events included in the cultural and sports calendar of the town of Haskovo take place mainly on the stage of the Spartak Cultural and Sports Complex. The facility with a capacity of 3500 amphitheatrically located seats for visitors and a covered stage area of over 300 square meters, allows to satisfy the preferences of the audience to various entertainment and sports events. An open ice ring with an area of ​​600 sq.m has been built and opened. The children's hockey team of Haskovo also plays hockey there.
The tennis complex in the Haskovo has an indoor hall with two courts and multifunctional Green Set flooring. In the two-storey massive building of 450sq. m. built-up area there is a restaurant, squash hall, 3 dressing rooms with bathrooms and toilets, a recreation center with sauna and a swimming pool.

Haskovo Regional History Museum is one of the museums offering the richest in exhibitions and most active museums in Bulgaria. The museum's funds are growing rapidly and now it has over 120,000 artifacts related to the history and culture of the area.
The two operating museum houses in the town of Haskovo the Paskalev House and the Kirkovo School are also managed by the Haskovo Regional History Museum.
Atanas Sharenkov Art Gallery was founded in 1962 and is located in two neighboring houses – the Jewish house and the Armenian house, which were built in the early 20th century and were declared cultural monuments.
In the town of Haskovo there are many monuments and memorials. The most famous among them are the monument of Captain Petko Voivoda, the monument of the Unknown Soldier, the monument of the Haskovo Revivalists and the monument of the Victory, etc.

Places of interest around Haskovo

The Aleksander Tomb was discovered in 2000 near the village of Aleksandrovo, Haskovo region and dates back from the 4th century BC. It belonged to a noble aristocrat or a Thracian king. The admission is free for children up to 7 years old.
The Asenova Fortress - Klokotnitsa is located 5 km from Haskovo, near the village of Klokotnitsa. It is believed that this is the place where the battle on March 9, 1230 took place, in which Tsar Ivan Asen II defeated the troops of the Byzantine Emperor Theodore Comnenus. The Asenova Fortress can be reached by an eco-trail along the route of which there are 2 alcoves and fountains.
The Thracian domed tomb in Mezek is one of the most representative Thracian royal tombs in our lands. It was used first as a tomb and later as a temple. It was discovered by chance by locals in 1931 and has been preserved in its original form.