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Ruse is the largest Bulgarian town along the Danube River Valley and the fifth largest town in the country. It is situated on the northeast country's border with Romania. The town is an administrative center of the Municipality of Ruse and Ruse Region, as well as an economic, transport, cultural and educational center of regional and national importance. According to data of the National Statistical Institute, as at the end of 2019 Ruse has a population of 141 231 people.

Ruse is a town of twenty-three century history dating back to the establishment of the Thracian settlement inherited by the Sexaginta Prista Fortress in Roman times.
The town is a large Bulgarian industrial center. Ruse also has one of the very first industrial parts developed in Bulgaria. Ruse Logistics Park is also situated here. In addition, the town has a Business Park with a number of company representative offices in Ruse.
Ruse also has the largest Duty Free Zone on the territory of Bulgaria, as well as Ruse Iztok Power Plant and Ruse Zapad Power Plant. The town's contemporary economy is predominated by the fields of light industry – tailoring industry, textile industry, food and tobacco industries, and chemical industry. Machine and ship building are also developed here. Ruse Shipyard is situated on the territory of the town, which is currently not operating. Metal working is also developed here.
The town's trade is highly developed as well, consisting of the country-specific trade centers and branches of all national trade chains.
The 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the region was BGN 11 769.

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Ruse has 2 institutions of higher education - "Angel Kanchev" Ruse University and a branch of the Higher School of Agribusiness and Regional Development (HSARD) – Plovdiv. Secondary schools here include "Geo Milev" English Language School, "Baba Tonka" High School of Mathematics, " Friedrich Schiller" Secondary School of German Language, "Konstantin-Kiril Filosof" Secondary School of European Languages, "Prof. Veselin Stoyanov" National School of Arts, as well as professional high schools of woodworking and interior architecture, electrical engineering and electronics, economy and management, ship building and navigation, mechanical engineering, clothing, industrial technologies, agericulture, construction, architecture and geodesy, transportation, as well as tourism. The town has a sports school, as well as seconday theological school of secondary education, as well as "Dr. Petar Beron" Subsidiary School.
"Leonardo Da Vinci" First Private Secondary School, "George Bayron" Private Profiled High School and "John Atanasov" Private Profiled High School are also situated in Ruse.
The Center for Technical, School and Scientific Arts may be found in Ruse as well.
There are 11 primary schools, 16 kindergartens and 10 creches in Ruse.

The monthly kindergarten fee is approximately 65 BGN, BGN 10 of which is a fixed fee and BGN 2.50 is the cost of the daily food allowance.

Ruse has an Emergency Medical Services Center, 7 hospitals, 3 Diagnostic and Consultation Centers, 12 Medical Centers, 2 Dental Centers and "Sveta Apoloniya" LTD Medical Dental Center.
On the territory of the Municipality of Ruse there are 81 health consulting offices opened and operating, 41 of which are a part of the kindergartens and 40 – a part of the schools.

Besides its urban parks, Ruse is proud to have several unique natural landmarks in the immediate proximity of the town, among which:
"Rusenski Lom" Nature Park situated at approximately 20 kilometers to the south of the town of Ruse, which is the location of the only operating monastery on the territory of Bulgaria near the village of Basarbovo – "Sveti Dimitar Basarbovski"; "Lipnik" Forest Park at a distance of 10 km from the town of Ruse, which is believed to be the largest forest park on the territory of Bulgaria; "Prista" West Park situated at a distance of several kilometers away to the west of Ruse, midway between the road to Sofia and the Danube River, as well as Orlova Chuka Cave – the second longest cave in Bulgaria with a total length of its galleries of 13 437 m.

Being situated at a distance of 310 km away from Sofia and 75 km away from the Romanian capital of Bucharest, the city is a potential strategic intermodal and logistgic center of the country and of Southeastern Europe in view also of the presence here of пътен and railway bridge over the Danube River (Danube Bridge), which is the very first one in the country. The Danube River connects the town to the ten Danube countries, as well as to the countries along Rhine Rive through the canal water connections of West and Central Europe.
It is crossed by European roads Е70 and Е85, as well as by many international transport corridors as follows: European Transport Corridor No. VII (river route), European Transport Corridor No. IX.
Ruse is the home of the biggest port in the Bulgarian part of the Danube River.
The town offers 28 intercity bus lines, 10 of which are trolley bus lines and 18 are bus lines.
The monthly card for all lines costs BGN 74.50.

On the territory of the town there are many clubs for collective and individual sports, as well as for dances and art activities.
Local football is represented by PFC Danube that is a part of the First Professional League, and in 2017 also took part in the European Club Championships. From a football point of view, the town is also represented by other clubs from the amateur leagues. The town has several stadiums – "Ruse" City Stadium, "Danube" Stadium and "Lokomotiv" Stadium, as well as the sports halls and complexes "Danube", "OZK Arena Ruse", and "Yalta".
Ruse also has its swimming complexes and swimming pools, including: "Nord" Swimming Complex in the Youth Park, "Olympia" Complex in "Druzhba 3" Residential District, "Lokomotiv" Complex, "SPARKI" Indoor Swimming Pool, as well as other indoor and outdoor swimming pools.


Ruse is often known as "Little Vienna" for its multiple buildings-monuments of culture, as this architecture includes the styles of Baroque, Neo-Baroque, Modern, Neoclassicism, and Sezession. The town symbols are Dohodno Zdanie, which is one of the symbols of Bulgaria and the Monument of Freedom.
Besides, Ruse is also known as the town of first things. Ruse was the first home of the first railway line in Bulgaria, which used to connect Ruse and Varna in 1866. In addition, the very first film show and theatrical productions in the country were also first broadcasted here, as here was also the home of the first private bank, the first petrol company, the first pharmacy, the first trade center, and many more other first things. The town is also connected with many historical legends. Furthermore, Ruse is the hometown of the only Nobel Prize winner of Bulgarian origin - Elias Canetti.

The aristocratic and romantic spirit of the town has been attracting an increasing number of tourists. In 2018 Ruse was awarded an Honorary Prize "The Most Beautiful Town in Bulgaria", and in 2018 it was awarded for being the best town to live in Bulgaria.

Ruse is rich in locations where you can have some fruitful activities in your leisure time. Some of those places are: the State Opera - Ruse, the State Puppet Theatre, the Regional Museum of History, which offers an exposition of "Sexaginta Prista" Roman Fortress, the Ecomuseum with aquarium, the Pantheon of the Writers of the Bulgarian National Revival, the Medieval Ttown of Cherven, "Baba Tonka" House-Museum", the Museum of Urban Lifestyle, Ivanovski Rock Churches. Besides, you may also visit the Museum of Transport, as well as the Ruse Art Gallery or the Danube Society of Folk Art and Crafts.

You may find more information about the cultural playbill of Ruse here.