National Statistical Institute

Expert Predicts 20% Growth in Bulgarian Tourists in Greece by end-2014

Bulgaria expects a 20% growth in the number of Bulgarian tourists in Greece by end-2014, according to the Institute for Analysis and Assessment of Tourism.

In 2013, a total of 970 000 Bulgarian tourists visited Greece, and the number is expected to reach 1.2 million by end-2014, according to Rumen Draganov, Director of the Institute, as cited by

564 Bulgarian Villages Had 0-9 Residents in end-2013

Out of a total of 5009 villages in Bulgaria, 564 have a population of 0-9 people, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

According to NSI data by December 31, 2013, there were a total of 395 settlements with a population of up to 9 people, while 169 settlements had zero permanent residents and 60 settlements had one permanent resident.

60% of Babies Born in Bulgaria in 2013 Were Out-of-Wedlock-Births

Nearly 60% of the babies born in Bulgaria in 2013, or a total of 39 375, were born out of wedlock, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

In 70% of the cases, information about the father was available, according to NSI data, as cited by Darik radio.

In 2013, the number of marriages stood at around 20 000, compared to a number of 82 826 marriages in 1945.

Pleven Is Bulgaria's Fastest Depopulating City

Only 35 Bulgarian cities/towns have increased their population, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

Seven of the 35 cities to register an increase in their population are regional capitals, including Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Kardzhali, Plovdiv and Sofia.

Bulgaria has a total of 257 cities and towns.

Bulgarian Hotels Boast 11.6% Revenue Growth in June 2014

Bulgarian hotels recorded an increase in total revenues in June 2014, despite the drop in the number of tourists, data obtained by the National Statistical Institute indicates.

The total revenues from nights spent in June reached BGN 144.7M or by 11.6% more compared to June 2013. An increase was registered both in the revenues from Bulgarians-by 13.8%, and from foreigners-by 11.1%.