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40. Are there regular flights from/to Bulgaria?41. How to reach Bulgarian cities from Sofia and from outside the country by train?42. What about car transport in Bulgaria?43. How many Bulgarian people have Internet access?44. Can I buy pripaid GSM SIM-card in Bulgaria and what afe approximately the charges for GSM calls?45. What kind of pripaid GSM SIM-cards there are in Bulgaria?46. Can we use credit cards when in Bulgaria?47. What is The Coat of Arms of the Republic of Bulgaria?48. Is there adequate medical care in Bulgaria?49. Who is Bulgarian Prime Minister?
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Q40: Are there regular flights from/to Bulgaria?
A40: Bulgarian air companies have flights to most European capitals and some of the larger cities in Europe. There are air links with some of the countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central and Southern Asia and North America. Most of biggest foreign air companies have flights to Bulgaria too (mostly to Sofia). Charter flights are organized to the resorts during the tourist seasons - summer to Varna and Bourgas, winter to Sofia and Plovdiv.
more info >> http://www.visittobulgaria.com/visit/Dir.asp?d=0-7-Airlines
Q41: How to reach Bulgarian cities from Sofia and from outside the country by train?
A41: Numerous trains link Bulgaria with Europe and Asia. The capital Sofia has a direct connection with Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, etc. International tickets are available at special booking offices and agencies (The holders of international cards for student and youth travel are granted with reduced tariffs). From Sofia there are direct connections to most important destinations - Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv, Rousse, Gorna Oryahovitsa, etc.
more info >> http://www.visittobulgaria.com/visit/Dir.asp?d=0-7-Rail_Map
Q42: What about car transport in Bulgaria?
A42: The international highway E5 links Bulgaria with Europe. The country can be entered through any of the 18 border checkpoints. Gas stations are available at every 30 to 50 km. You need "vignette" to use national road network! Road fee has to be paid crossing the border.
National driving licenses are valid in Bulgaria. Insurance could be made in advance or paid at the border.
more info >> http://www.visittobulgaria.com/visit/Dir.asp?d=0-7-Road_Map
Q43: How many Bulgarian people have Internet access?
A43: 26% of Bulgarians use Intenet (2005)
(source: Eurostat 2005)
Q44: Can I buy pripaid GSM SIM-card in Bulgaria and what afe approximately the charges for GSM calls?
A44: Yes. There are 3 GSM operators in Bulgaria (MTel, Globul and Vivatel). Each of them sell pripaid SIM cards. The rates are different and depend on what operator you choose and to what network you will call but average price per minute is something like 0.50 BGN (0.25 EUR).
Q45: What kind of pripaid GSM SIM-cards there are in Bulgaria?
A45: There are 3 GSM operators in Bulgaria that sell pripaid SIM cards:
- GSM opertor MTel - pripaid card name Prima (for more info http://www.mtel.bg)
- GSM operator Globul - pripaid card B-Connect (for more info http://www.globul.bg).
- GSM operator Vivatel - pripaid card VivaTel 4 play and Every day (for more info http://www.vivatel.bg)
Q46: Can we use credit cards when in Bulgaria?
A46: In the bigger towns, you can use your cards, but still only in the larger shops. All the major hotels will accept cards, and all the major petrol stations, but in general most other transactions are carried out in cash.
Last updated: Mar 2007
Q47: What is The Coat of Arms of the Republic of Bulgaria?
A47: The Coat of Arms of Bulgaria is a crowned rampant golden lion on a dark red background with the shape of a shield. Above the shield there is a crown modeled after the crowns of the kings of the Second Bulgarian kingdom. Two crowned rampant golden lions hold the shield from both sides. They stand upon two crossed oak branches with acorns. Under the shield, there is a white band lined with the three national colors. The band is placed across the ends of the branches and the phrase `Unity Provides Strength` is inscribed on it. The present Coat of Arms was adopted by the National Assembly on July 31, 1997, following almost a decade of disputes over the new symbol. The end result is similar to the ceremonial form of the 1930-46 coat of arms, but not so ornamental and more stylized.
Q48: Is there adequate medical care in Bulgaria?
A48: By the opinion of the people in Bulgaria the general medical care there is still at very low level (we are in process of building of the new health care system) but there are a enough very good paid medical centers where if somebody is possible to pay he will get high level medical services!
Q49: Who is Bulgarian Prime Minister?
A49: Now (November 2006) the Bulgarian Prime Minister is Sergey Stanishev (Bulgarian Socialist Party)
The last prime ministers in new Bulgarian history are:
19.06.1986 - 08.02.1990 - Georgi Atanasov
08.02.1990 - 22.09.1990 - Andrey Lukanov
22.09.1990 - 20.12.1990 - Andrey Lukanov (second government cabinet)
20.12.1990 - 08.11.1991 - Dimitar Popov
08.11.1991 - 30.12.1992 - Filip Dimitrov
30.12.1992 - 17.10.1994 - Luben Berov
17.10.1994 - 25.01.1995 - Reneta Indzhova
25.01.1995 - 12.02.1997 - Jan Videnov
12.02.1997 - 21.05.1997 - Stefan Sofianski
21.05.1997 - 24.07.2001 - Ivan Kostov
24.07.2001 - 16.08.2005 - Simeon Saxkoburgotski
16.08.2005 - current - Sergey Stanishev