Latest News from Bulgaria

Silva Zurleva Died

The journalist and business lady Silva Zurleva has died at her home in the village of Kovachevitsa, the Trud and 24 Hours websites reported.

The signal was reported to the Emergency Center at 9.50 this morning. According to him, Zurleva has collapsed down the stairs of the old house and died.

A police team inspects the site.

President Rumen Radev's New Year's Address

The New Year's season fills all Bulgarians with hopes of health, a better future and confidence that there is a place for everyone in society - for the old and the lonely, for the thousands facing penury, and most of all for the children, said President Rumen Radev in his New Year's address to the Bulgarian nation.

Every Third Bulgarian Expects a Better 2020

Every third Bulgarian expects a better 2020 than the previous, 2019. These numbers are according to a poll conducted by the Gallup International poll agency.

Globally, Bulgaria is close to the average of optimism. However, when it comes to personal happiness, we are still in the extreme places of the charts, sociologists comment.

Poland to take charge of NATO high readiness force

The Polish army will take charge of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said the organization in a statement on Dec. 30. 

Poland will take over the duty from Germany on Jan.1, 2020 and will hand over to Turkey in 2021.

Turkey hosts nearly 43 mln foreign tourists by year-end 2019

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey jumped 14.3 percent on a yearly basis between January and November, data from the Culture and Tourism Ministry have shown.

Over the past 11 months, a total of 42.9 million foreign holidaymakers entered the country, the ministry said on Dec. 30.

No Material Damage Reported after the Earthquake in Bansko

No material damage is reported after the Bansko earthquake last night.

The quake was registered around 7:36 PM Bulgarian time. According to the National Institute of BAS, the epicentre was 6 kilometers north of Razlog and 85 kilometers south of Sofia.

According to the latest information, the magnitude was 3.5 on the Richter scale and its depth was 20 km.

Over 2,500 irregular migrants held last week

More than 2,500 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

Turkish gendarmerie forces held some 1,350 of the migrants in the northwestern province of Edirne, which borders Greece and Bulgaria.

PM Zaev: We Will Solve the Historical Issues with Bulgaria

"I believe we will resolve the historical issues with Bulgaria." Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said this in an extensive interview with Deutsche Welle, according to BGNES, analyzing his governance from June 2017 to the present.

Human Freedom Index-2019: Bulgaria Ranks 39th

Bulgaria ranks 39th in the Human Freedom Index-2019. With a human freedom rating of 7.79 on a scale of 0 to 10, Bulgaria advances one position as compared to the 2018 Human Freedom Index. Romania is the Balkan country with highest rating-8.11 (30th position). Albania ranks 38th with rating of 7.84.

100 Kilometers Motorways and Expressways under Construction in 2020

In 2020 over 100 kilometers motorways and expressways will be under construction, Bulgaria's Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Petya Avramova told the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. The road toll system covering over 6,000 kilometers of republican roads will start functioning until March 1, 2020, BNR reported.

Nikolina Angelkova: Bulgarian Tourism Continued its Sustainable Development in 2019

Bulgarian tourism continued its sustainable development in 2019 despite the difficulties, strong international competition and the bankruptcy of the Thomas Cook tour operator, Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a meeting of the Council of Ministers today, the press office of her ministry said.