BULGARIA is a country in Eastern Europe.
CORRUPTION Bulgaria is rated the worst country in the EU for corruption by Transparency International.1The Economist 13 Jan 2018 p.25
DEMOGRAPHICS ‘The UN projects that Bulgaria’s population will fall from 7.2m to 5.2m by 2050, making it the world’s fastest-shrinking country. In the 1990s the fertility rate plummeted and hundreds of thousands of young people flocked to the richer, stabler countries of western Europe, leaving the older and less-skilled behind. Today over 1m Bulgarians live abroad, around 700,000 of them in the EU.’2The Economist 13 Jan 2018 p.25
ECONOMY 2005 Bulgaria’s GDP per head was $3,480 in 2005, versus an EU-wide average of $29,330.3The Economist 06 Jan 2017 p.23
LANGUAGE ‘Bulgarian is a Slavic tongue, as close to Russian as Danish is to Swedish.’4The Economist 06 Jan 2017 p.23
2003 ‘High sugar, unusually high acid levels.’5Caroline Gilby in Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2007 (Dorling Kindersley, 2006) p.211
2005 ‘Delayed ripening caused by wet and cool weather in summer. Some flooding in Plovdiv. Better in the south (Sakar, Liubimetz) and southwest (Strouma Valley) due to adequate early season rains and a warm summer. Volumes down, to 220,000 tonnes. Domestic wine sales are 28 million litres compared to about 80 million litres of raki, or brandy.’6Caroline Gilby (abridged) in Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2007 (Dorling Kindersley, 2006) p.209
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