Bulgaria : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$30.86 billion (2011 est.)
$24.29 billion (2010 est.)


$28.12 billion (2011 est.)
$20.6 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

4.2% (2011 est.)
2.4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

9.6% (2011 est.)
9.5% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$13,800 (2011 est.)
$13,400 (2010 est.)
$13,300 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

0.3% (2010 est.)
-4.9% (2009 est.)
6.2% (2008 est.)

Internet users

3.395 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

10.585 million (2009)

Population growth rate

-0.796% (2012 est.)


7,037,935 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state.

In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks.

Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908.

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Economic overview

Bulgaria, a former Communist country that entered the EU on 1 January 2007, averaged more than 6% annual growth from 2004 to 2008, driven by significant amounts of foreign direct investment and consumption.

Successive governments have demonstrated a commitment to economic reforms and responsible fiscal planning, but the global downturn sharply reduced domestic demand, exports, capital inflows, and industrial production.

GDP contracted by approximately 5% in 2009, and stagnated in 2010, despite a significant recovery in exports.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Bulgaria November 2014 Updater

Country Forecast Bulgaria November 2014 Updater

  • $ 635
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  • November 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

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PRS Group

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Oxford Economics

By Country Industry Forecasts > Bulgaria

By Country Industry Forecasts > Bulgaria

  • $ 250
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  • March 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Bulgaria: Key Features: Broad Country and Industry Coverage. The service covers 68 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, where 85% of world business is conducted. Up ...

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