Last updated: Aug 2007
Q12: What are the most frequently used Bulgarian names?
A12: This is statistics for
top twenty most frequent Bulgarian boy`s and girl`s proper names from 1980:
Boys: Ivan, Gheorghi, Dimitar, Petar, Hristo, Nikolay, Todor, Yordan, Stoyan, Vasil, Stefan, Angel, Nikola, Atanas, Iliya, Asen, Kiril, Krasimir, Alexandвr, Emil
Girls: Maria, Ivanka, Elena, Mariika, Yordanka, Ana, Penka, Nadezhda, Radka, Anka, Stoyanka, Stanka, Vasilka, Emiliya, Violeta, Donka, Rositza, Tzvetanka, Margarita, Todorka
Last updated: Apr 2006
Q13: Who are "the Shopps"?
A13: Bulgarians originating from the areas around Sofia and Dupnitza are called “Shopps”. They speak a specific bulgarian dialect which is closer to the Macedonian Bulgarian language rather than to the Eastern Bulgarian vernacular. The Shopps are known for their tenacity, conservatism and pretension to being “the most genuine” Bulgarians. People from the other parts of Bulgaria pay them back by referring to them as “wooden Shopps”.
Q14: What is the Bulgarian law for possession of hard and soft drugs?
A14: Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bulgaria are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. In March 2004 Bulgarian parliament approved legislation that would make possession of a single dose of marijuana punishable by a prison sentence of three to fifteen years.
Last updated: Aug 2005
Q15: Are there any special birthday traditions?
A15: No. The Bulgarian traditions for birthday look like traditions of other European countries - the person that has birthday gives a treat and his guests and friends give him presents.
Q16: About Yes and No when Bulgarians nod and shake their heads
A16: Bulgarians nod their head to say no and shake their heads to say yes. But to confuse you even more the resorts and city`s do it the western way, so you dont have a clue if they mean yes or no.
Q17: How many Bulgarian emigrants there are in the world?
A17: It is strange but there is no official statistics about number of emigrants from Bulgaria. By different ways of calculation it is about 700 000 emigrants after year 1999.
Last updated: Mar 2005
Q18: What is the average salary in Bulgaria?
A18: In 2004 the average yearly sallary (gross) is 3618 BGL (about 1810 EUR). According Lyuben Tomev, Director of the Institute for Social and Syndicate Surveys, about 66% of the households in Bulgaria live on an income of 165 leva (about EUR 83) per capita.
For year of 2005 see this Average Sallary for 2005
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Last updated: Feb 2005
Q19: How many pensioners there are in Bulgaria?
A19: To 31.12.2004 the pensioners in Bulgaria are 2320444 in number.
Last updated: Feb 2005