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Vratsa is the largest city in the Northwestern Bulgaria with a population of 51,674 people as of December 2019, according to data from the National Statistical Institute.

 The city is located about 112 km north of Sofia and 130 km from the Danube Bridge 2 Vidin - Calafat /Romania/.

The economy of the city is focused mainly to industrial production. The industry covers many branches such as mechanical engineering, metalworking, high technology, textile, tailoring, furniture production, food sector, construction, automotive industry, trade, etc. The opening of 3 new plants in the city is forthcoming – these are Teklas-Bulgaria EAD with initial 500 workplaces, MD Electronic with 300 workplaces and Lestoproduct with 70 workplaces. 

There are various retail outlets, incl. also large shopping malls, hypermarkets and showrooms. North of Vratsa there is an ecologically clean zone, which is a prerequisite for the production of quality food products.

The GDP per capita in 2018 for the region is BGN 15,018.

            The development of Vratsa as a tourist destination is one of the main priorities of the Municipality of Vratsa.

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There are 19 schools in the Municipality of Vratsa. Students can receive primary and secondary education with general, specialized and professional profile, as well as to continue education in the branches of the two universities operating in the city - St. St. Cyril and Methodius Veliko Tarnovo University and the main structural unit of the Sofia Medical University "Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev”.
There are 3 nurseries and 16 kindergartens in the town of Vratsa.
The fee for the kindergarten in the town is around BGN 44.40 per month.

Healthcare in Vratsa, as a municipal and regional center, is well represented by healthcare institutions of different nature, such as Multi-Disciplinary Hospital for Active Care “Hristo Botev”, which is the largest medical institution in Northwestern Bulgaria. The hospital has 300 beds and 579 staff. It operates 22 departments and structural units.
In Vratsa also operate the First Private Multi-Disciplinary Hospital for Active Treatment, Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Pneumo-Physiatric Diseases, Complex Oncology Center, Center for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Center for Mental Health, Diagnostic and Consulting Center-1, Medical and Technical Laboratory in dental prosthesis, Specialized Eye Hospital for Active Treatment-Ralchovski, Center for emergency medical care, Medical Center "Alpiko", Medical Center "St. Ivan Rilski", "New Medical Center", Medical Center "St. Anna", Medical Center "Sanita"
There are over 30 pharmacies in the town of Vratsa.

Vratsa Balkan Nature Park is located in the Vratsa Mountains and includes the larger part of the maountain along with Lakatnishki and Cherepishki rocks, which are situated in the Iskar gorge. More than 600 caves have been established in the area of ​​the Park and its adjacent territories, including one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria – Ledenika Cave.
Dabnika Park covers an area of ​​30 acres and has pedestrian alleys, singing fountains, an open amphitheater stage with equipped dressing rooms, a rehearsal hall, toilets and a coffee shop. Next to the park there is a parking lot for cars with 68 parking spaces. Lighting and video surveillance are provided throughout the territory.
The City Garden is located behind Hristo Botev monument and is surrounded by rich vegetation, summer cinema, alleys, modern benches, fitness equipment, fountain and toilets.
Other places for recreation in the city are the DNA park, the park at the Hristo Botev Sports Complex and the park on Ruski square.

Automobile transport
The city has convenient transport links and is the intersection of the pan-European transport corridors No. 4 and No. 7. Its geographical location became even more important after the Danube Bridge 2 near Vidin was built.
Railway transport
The main 7th railway line (Sofia-Vidin) passes through the city, which is electrified and doubled to the east after Vratsa railway station. The city has a well-established passenger and freight railway station.
Public transport
Vratsa is connected with other settlements in the country by bus and rail transport. There are regular bus lines to Sofia, Pleven, Vidin, Mezdra, Montana, Oryahovo, etc. The city is provided with well-functioning public transport network, consisting of trolleybuses, buses and minibuses, as well as taxis.
The public transport subscription card is about BGN 30 per month.

Many sports activities are concentrated in the city of Vratsa with a large number of sports clubs, the most popular of which is the Botev Vratsa Football Club. People in Vratsa can also practice water polo, wrestling, sport shooting and athletics, as these sports have a long tradition in the city.
Among the major sports facilities is the Hristo Botev Stadium, which is part of the Hristo Botev Sports Complex with a capacity of 32,000 visitors and 25,000 seats. There are 3 training playgrounds near the stadium. The stadium hosts Botev Vratsa Football Club. Other sites are an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a carting track, an indoor athletics track, a volleyball hall, an auto-modeling track and a shooting range.

In Vratsa there are several landmarks included in the 100 National Tourist Sites of the Bulgarian Tourist Union, among which are the Regional History Museum, Ledenika Cave and Okolchitsa Peak.
The natural landmarks on the territory of Vratsa Municipality are the Vratsata Pass, the Botev Pat Memorial Complex, the God's Bridge near the village of Lilyache, the Skaklya and Borov Kamak Waterfalls as well as the symbols of the town of Vratsa - the Rogozen Treasure, the Silver Greave, the Tile from Gradeshnitsa Village, the Kurtpashova Tower, the Meshchiite Tower and the Hut at the Vestitelyat Complex. They all make the city of Vratsa a unique and desirable tourist destination for lovers of mountains, mountaineering, para- and delta gliding, speleology, the adventures of the cultural and historical, religious, rural and ecological tourism. Tourists may try the ski slopes around Parshevitsa hut, the numerous eco-trails and walking routes.
You can also visit the Drama and Puppet Theater, the Vratsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropol Cinema, the Ethnographic and Revival Complex “St. Sofroniy Vrachanski ”and the Youth Center in the town of Vratsa, which is the first youth center in Bulgaria.