Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Premier: We Will Overcome Pandemic First in EU

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that he is very optimistic about the recovery plans which are financed by the European Commission. In a commentary on the latest interim economic forecast of the European Commission, Borisov pointed out:

Color Tattoos to Be Banned in EU Soon, Cause Cancer

No more colorful tattoos! Because of suspicions that they are carcinogenic, the EC prohibits some of the inks that are used in the tattoo parlours. The latest amendments to the regulation that Brussels has made are already a fact and should come into force in the coming months. Green and blue colors are now  banned in some cosmetic products for the same reason.

Electricity Theft Is Common Crime in Bulgaria

Last year, the three power distributors managed to bill stolen electricity and found out it was as much as the entire Bulgaria consumes in 16 hours.

The amount equals almost 55 gigawatt/hours. According to data of the National Statistical Institute for 2020, the net average daily electricity consumption was 83.57 GW/h.

Covid-19 in Bulgaria: 913 Newly Infected, 45 Died

There have been 913 new cases of coronavirus infection registered in the country, data from the Single Information Portal show.

Yesterday, 10,164 diagnostic tests were made - 4,961 PCR, 5,203 antigen. The percentage of positive tests is 9%.

By February 11, there are 22,236 active cases.

Bulgaria's Trade Deficit Shrinks by Nearly 31% in 2020

The deficit in Bulgaria's foreign trade last year amounted to BGN 5.202 billion, according to preliminary data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

For comparison, in the period from January to December 2019 the foreign trade balance (exports FOB - imports CIF) was in the red by BGN 7.530 billion, which means that the decrease is nearly 31%.

Weather in Bulgaria: Spring Temperatures in February

The national weather service forecasts another day when the temperatures will be rather spring-like than typical of the winter, between 13°-18°C. It will be predominantly sunny, with high broken cloudiness, but occasional rains are expected in some regions, as thunderstorms are possible again in southeastern parts of the country by midnight. Light to moderate southeastern wind.

Covid-19 in Bulgaria: 1,212 Newly Infected, 62 Fatalities

After 13,228 tests made yesterday 1,212 new cases of coronavirus were documented in Bulgaria, show the data from the Single Information Portal shows. So, positive tests are slightly over 9 percent of all taken. In total, since March, there have been 226,061 confirmed cases of the infection.

Bulgarian Anti-Vaxxers Vow to Shun Free School COVID-19 Tests

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Maichin Dom University Hospital in Sofia in January. Photo: EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV

But some parents who oppose the testing launched an online petition against it on Monday, which already has over 13,500 signatures.

Sofia Population Grew by 80,000 within Last Decade

Over the span of ten years - from 2009 to 2019 - the population of Sofia has increased by almost 80,000, economist Adrian Nikolov from the Institute for Market Economics said during an online presentation of an analysis of the economic and social development of the regions in southern Bulgaria.  

Bulgaria: To What Countries Can We Travel Now without PCR Test?

Traveling abroad is not among the easiest tasks lately, but with a little research and monitoring of the situation, it is quite feasible.

The requirement for PCR tests when entering foreign countries has its benefits - it creates a sense of security and control, but it also makes travel more expensive and is often associated with complications related to its organization.

Bulgaria: Expectation for Higher Birth Rates in Pandemic Shattered

Contrary to all expectations, Bulgaria's birth rates did not increase during the pandemic, dropping from 54,762 births in 2019 to 53,968 in 2020, according to an analysis based on the data of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).