National Statistical Institute
An increase in the income of Bulgarians of over 12% at the beginning of the year was reported by the National Statistical Institute. The average income already exceeds BGN 1,700 per month.
At the same time, the total costs increase by less than 6% or average is about BGN 1,480.
The highest incomes are from salaries, followed by pensions.
The economies of the 27 EU countries contracted at a record high in the first quarter of 2020 by 3.3%. Only 9 countries show a small growth. Among them is Bulgaria with a 2.4% increase in GDP compared to the same period in 2019, Eurostat reported.
Compared to December 2019, only the economies of Finland, Bulgaria and Romania have a growth of 0.3 percent.
In March 2020, the trips of Bulgarian citizens abroad and visits of foreigners to Bulgaria registered a decline due to the suspension of international flights and the closure of the land borders because of the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the National Statistical Institute said in a press release.
Bulgaria has entered the coronavirus pandemic crisis with the second lowest percentage of debt in the EU and the third highest percentage of budget surplus. 2019 figures have been released
Eurostat and the NSI provided data which are a good starting point for us to compare the situation in our country after the end of this crisis.