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Kyustendil is a town in Southwestern Bulgaria located in the proximity of the border with the Republic of North Macedonia (22km) and the Republic of Serbia (30km), thus turning it into an administrative center of important geostrategic importance. The distance from Kyustendil until the capital of Sofia is 86km. The region is rich in water resources and known for its unique mineral springs. It is close to Struma River, as the town itself is crossed by Banishtitsa River. According to an assessment made by the National Statistical Institute, as at 31 December 2019 Kyustendil had a population of 39 284 citizens.

The town is a center of the light and processing industry: wood industring, production of shoes, knitted fabrics, ready-made clothes, children toys, packaging, bread production, printing industry, and tinned food industry. There are enterprises for production of condensers, silo transformers, household and kitchen furnishing, and joinery work. In recent years hotel keeping and tourism have been developing as well. The region has traditions in the field of fruit-growing and trade with fresh and dried fruits. Kyustendil is a center of an agricultural region of century-old traditions in the field of fruit-growing, and hence the town and its proximity are known as the "fruit garden of Bulgaria".
The 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the region was BGN 9 285.

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There are schools opened on the territory of the Municipality of Kyustendil, namely:- 3 elementary schools, 8 primary schools, 2 profiled schools, and 5 professional high schools, among which the Language High School, the Professional High School of Tourism, etc.
There are 6 kindergartens opened on the territory of town Kyustendil. It is only in Kyustendil where municipal kindergartens work with full capacity even in the summer, so that parents are not forced to seek help to take care of their children. The admission of children is unlimited, i.e. the kindergartens may be visited even by children temporary staying in the town.
All kindergartens, schools and crèches are equipped with video surveillance for the purpose of control of the admission regime and children's safety.

The kindergarten fee in the town is BGN 49 per month.

On the territory of town Kyustendil there is also a Personal Development Support Center – United Children Complex (CPLR – ODK), the activity of which consists of the following:
- development of the interests, skills, competencies and expression of students in the field of sciences, technologies, arts and sports;
- carrier orientation and consultation.


The healthcare services in the municipality are rendered by MBAL "Dr. Nikola Vasilev", a Specialized Hospital for Rehabilitation and Emergency Medical Aid Centers.


"Hisarlaka" Forest Park is situated to the south of the town and is a mountain-spur of Osogovo Mountain. Hot mineral springs gush at its very base. Hisarlaka is a beautiful park for tourism, recreation and sports and is connected to Kyustendil through 3 asphalted roads and plenty of alleys.
You may visit "Banska Garden" Park, "Ezerata" Zoo and Ecopark, which represents two interconnected artificial lakes and the park zone with an area of 11 dka.

The mineral springs of Kyustendil are unique in their structure and contents of mineral elements, as they have a positive effect on a number of diseases, including occupational diseases. The biggest advantage over the rest of the mineral waters in Bulgaria is its favorable impact on couples' reproductive health issues. The temperature of the mineral spring water is 73̊ С.

Kyustendil is crossed by the Pan-European transport corridor 8 Vlyora – Tirana – Skopje – Sofia – Burgas – Asia.
There are four main arterial roads, which lead to Kyustendil – from the Republic of Macedonia along the Skopje – Sofia highway, from Serbia along the Nish – Bosilegrad – Kyustendil highway, and the oldest commercial way passes from Dupnitsa to Kyustendil, which used to connect throughout the centuries along with Tsarigrad and Adriatika.
Kyustendil is connected to the other points in the country via bus and railway transport. There are regular bus lines to the capital of Sofia and the neighboring towns.


The town of Kyustendil had a built "Osogovo" Multi-functional Sports Complex, consisting of outdoor and indoor sports sites. The Sports Complex has 14 halls intended for different types of sports, an indoor field track with a hall intended for jumps and throws, a football field, a field track, sectors for jumps and throws, a grand stand part for approximately 10 000 spectators, a volleyball ground and 2 tennis courts, a grass polygon for throws, dressing rooms, servicing premises, a medical consulting room, an administrative corpus. The types of sports the Sports Complex is intended for are as follows: aerobics, acrobatics, basketball, boxing, wrestling, volleyball, track-and-field athletics, trampoline jumps, sumo, tennis, table tennis, football, art gymnastics.
The town of Kyustendil has a grass football ground –"Strandzhata" Stadium with a capacity of 1000 seats.
There are over 44 sports clubs for 24 sports types.

The town has a number of museums and galleries, as the mandatory visits include "Academic Yordan Ivanov" Regional Historical Museum and the House-Museums "Ilyo Voivoda" and "Dimitar Peshev", as well as "Vladimir Dimitrov - Maystora" Art Gallery.
Roman thermaes are among the town symbols, along with the many churches dating back to various periods of our history.

The town has a modern cinema and a theatre of history of many years. The cinema hall in the town has 50 seats and is accessible for disabled people. There are five movie projections per day, and 3 movie premiers per week, one of which is mandatorily intended for the youngest visitors.

The cultural life in the Municipality is being constantly enriched, as events and initiatives take place for the purpose of preserving the rich cultural and historical heritage of the region.