Fact #1 - Age
Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe, which has not changed its name, since its foundation in 681. With over 7.000 years, the capital Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe.
Fact #2 - Alphabet
The monks Cyril and Method developed the glagitory alphabet. It is the predecessor of today's Cyrillic alphabet and was named after the monk Cyril.
Fact #3 - Special reason for dismissal
In 2010, Dimitar Kerin, a member of the city council, was dismissed to "take better care of his virtual farm." He played too much Farmville.
Fact #4 - Gold
The oldest gold treasure in the world was found in the cemeteries of Varna. It is over 6.000 years old. Varna is the birthplace of goldsmithing.
Fact #5 - Smart Population
According to Mensa, the Bulgarian population, in terms of average IQ, ranks very high. One of the smartest people in the world is Daniela Simidchieva from Bulgaria, with an IQ of 200.
Fact #6 - Yoghurt
In Bulgaria, Yogurt has a very special taste. The reason is the bacteria Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, which only occurs in the Bulgarian air.
Fact #7 - Valley of Roses
The Valley of Roses is an area in Bulgaria. The roses grown here are processed into rose oil, which is an important component of perfume. 70% of the world's rose oil comes from this region.
Fact #8 - The eighth wonder of the world
Is what Bulgarian folk music is also called. Need proof? The song 'Izlel e Delyo Haidutin' was sent into space as part of the Voyager Golden Record.
Fact #9 - Rafail's cross
The Rafail cross can be admired in the monastery of Rila. There are 104 religious scenes with 650 small figures on the 81 x 43 cm large cross. The carving took 12 years.
Fact #10 - No lost flag
The Bulgarian army has never lost a single flag in a war. No country has ever conquered a Bulgarian flag during a battle.