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Sofia is the capital and the largest city in Bulgaria. It is situated in the central part of Western Bulgaria and surrounded by mountains, thus making it the fourth highest capital in Europe. According to data of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), as at the end of 2019 the city had a population of 1 241 675 people.

 

Sofia is the main administrative, industrial, transport, cultural and university center of the country, as it centralizes 1/6 of the industrial production of Bulgaria. Here is also the home of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, of many universities, theatres, cinemas, as well as the National Gallery, archaeological, historical, natural science and other museums.

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Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" is the oldest and largest institution of higher education in the country. It was founded in 1888 and today it has 16 faculties situated in several complexes in different parts of the city, and provides education to approximately 23 thousand students and postdoctoral students.

The city educational system covers over 310 educational institutions: of general education, specialized, secondary vocational schools, technical schools and schools of arts, colleges and universities.

The field specialization, in which the secondary vocational schools are profiled, is quite diverse – in the field of industry, transport, services, economy, construction, and agriculture.

The total number of kindergartens and creches is 239.
The monthly fee for a state kindergarten in the city is BGN 60.

The healthcare system of Sofia consists of 45 hospitals and 102 polyclinics.

Sofia is one of the greenest cities in Europe.

The most popular park of Sofia is “Vitosha” Nature Park, which also covers a great part of the Mountain. This territory is very well socialized, as its borders host plenty of marked pathways, tenths of chalets and hotels.

“Borisova Gradina” (Boris’ Garden) is one of the three reserves on the territory of Sofia. It is a monument of garden and park art of national significance. “Vasil Levski” Stadium and “Balgarska Armia” (Bulgarian Army) Stadium are situated here.

The territory of “Yuzhniya Park” (The South Park) has decorative flooring, a children’s corner with several children’s playgrounds, water facilities, fitness facilities, large meadows for walks and small restaurants. You may have a small train journey here or have a walk in rickshaws. The South Park also hosts a concert stage, where many free concerts often take place.

“Loven Park” (Hunting Park) in Sofia borders to the south with the Sofia Zoo, and to the north – with “Borisova Gradina” Park. The Park regularly hosts cynology exhibitions and competitions.

"Zaimov" Park is named after General Vladimir Zaimov. Here is the home of “Sofia” Drama Theatre, "Sfumato" Theatre Laboratory, the Regional Healthcare Centre, cafés and restaurants, sports grounds, children’s corner, and fitness facilities. The Park is often used to hold festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. Besides, “Zaimov” Park is the first public free WiFi area in Sofia.

The City Garden is the oldest park in Sofia, as it is located near the city center close to the "Ivan Vazov" National Theatre, the National Bank, the City Hall, and Ministries.
Its territory is occupied by children’s playgrounds, fitness facilities, new lighting, well-maintained small gardens. The Park is a popular place for chess lovers and for organization of different events and exhibitions.

There are also 25 other parks on the territory of Sofia for you to visit.

Sofia is the largest transport center in Bulgaria.

Sofia is a geographic and transport center on the Balkans, thus making it an important center not only in the country but also in the region of Southeastern Europe.

The city has well-developed transport infrastructure that is built in conformity with the climatic and relief specifics.

All types of transports are represented in Sofia – except for the water transport. Sofia is the most important Bulgarian railway centre, as it connects to the interior of the country in 5 directions. There are 8 stations built, the most important of which is the Central Station.

Being located in the immediate proximity of Central Bus Station Sofia, this allows passengers to be serviced simultaneously in both directions - for the country and abroad.

Air transport is represented by the biggest airport in the country – Sofia Airport, and by the Air Traffic Control Centre.

The public passenger transport system has as its main carrier the Municipal “Urban Mobility Centre”.

There are 14 tram lines, 12 trolley lines, 96 urban bus lines and 2 metro lines, as a third metro line will be opened by the end of 2020.

The urban transport card costs 50 BGN/month, as pensioners, university students and school students use preferential conditions.

Sofia is the centre of many sports activities with a large number of sport clubs. The most popular of them include the football clubs Levski, CSKA, Lokomotiv, and Slavia. Though football is the most popular sport, basketball and volleyball also have traditions of many years.

Other popular sports here are tennis, boxing, sport shooting, and wrestling.

Sofia has plenty of sports facilities, which provide an opportunity to develop and practice different types of sports.

The National Palace of Culture (NDK) is situated in downtown Sofia. The biggest hall offers 5000 seats. NDK is visited by approximately 1 600 000 people per year for conferences, exhibitions and special events. NDK is the largest Congress Centre in Southeastern Europe.

“St. Alexander Nevsky” Cathedral is deemed the symbol of the Bulgarian capital. It is located in downtown Sofia and is named after the square of the same name.

Sofia is the centre of all bodies of the government power – legal, executive, and court. The city centre is the home of the buildings of the National Assembly, the Presidency, and Council of Ministers, and of all Ministries.

The Bulgarian capital also has plenty of cinemas and theatres.

"Ivan Vazov" National Theatre is one of the oldest and most popular theatres in the capital, and its building is an architectural masterpiece.

“Salza I Smyah” (Tears And Laughter) Theatre is also one of the oldest threatres, as it was established in 1892, and its theatrical group initiated the establishment of the National Theatre.

Other theatres in the capital include “Aleko Konstantinov” State Satirical Theatre, the Bulgarian Army Theatre, “Nikolay Binev” Youth Theatre, “199” Theatre, “Sofia” Theatre, the “Stefan Makedonski” National Music Theatre, the Sofia Opera and Ballet, and several others.

The ticket for a performance costs from BGN 10 to BGN 20 depending on the given performance and place.

The Capital is also the home of many galleries and museums. Many of them are a part of the 100 National Tourist Sites. The National Museum of History is the biggest museum in Bulgaria and one of the biggest in Europe. The National Ethnographic Museum and the National Art Gallery are situated in the downtown, in the building of the former King’s Palace. The National Museum of Natural Sciences at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN) is the richest museum of natural sciences on the Balkan Peninsula, as it was established in 1889. Other museums include: the National Museum of Military History, the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, the Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMCA), and the Museum of Socialist Art.