Bulgaria

ДОБЪР ДЕН! (Hello!)
ДОВИЖДАНЕ! (Bye!)
Land area
111,002 km2
Population
7.2 million
Currency
Bulgarian lev [BGN]

The Republic of Bulgaria is situated in south-eastern Europe on the eastern half of the Balkan Peninsula. This regionally diverse country extends from the vast Danubian Plain in the north across the coastal region of the Black Sea and on to the plateaus and mountains in the south.

Bulgaria has one of the greatest economic backlogs of all European Union member states. The country’s largest economic sectors are energy generation, the food industry, the metal industry and tourism. Bulgaria’s key challenges remain its underdeveloped public infrastructure – most notably its transportation and health systems – the large debt of government companies, and the strong population decline that is worsening as a result of emigration.

Consumer spending in Bulgaria is comparatively low. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic, for instance, per capita consumption is about twice as high. Neighbourhood shops and independent local suppliers are still important retail formats in Bulgaria, and the intensity of competition in the retail industry is altogether rather low.

Travel tips

Restaurant tip

Tavern "MOLERITE" Bansko

ulitsa Glazne 41
2770 Bansko

Google Maps

www.molerite.com

Fresh mountain air included: nestled in the ski resort town of Bansko, the Molerite Tavern serves traditional Bulgarian cuisine in a comfortable setting.

Fresh mountain air included: nestled in the ski resort town of Bansko, the Molerite Tavern serves traditional Bulgarian cuisine in a comfortable setting.

Restaurant tip

Restaurant Dayana

ulitsa Dondukov 2
4000 Plowdiw

Google Maps

www.dayanabg.com

Trader tip

Franchise model
Moiat Magazin

ulitsa Dobrudja 4
7290 Loznitsa

Trader tip

PIC 3

ulitsa "Sultan tepe" 3
1505 Sofia

Google Maps

Trader tip

Tiadoro

Lotkov Street
1 Vl. Minkov
Hristo Botev quarter
Sofia

Hotel tip

Pirin Golf and Spa Hotel

2760 Razlog

Google Maps

www.piringolfhotel.com

Hotel tip

Primoretz Grand Hotel & Spa

Al. Batenberg 2
8000 Burgas

Google Maps

www.hotelprimoretz.bg

Etiquette

In Bulgaria, the way in which you move your head could lead to some confusion, as the country follows the opposite of the Western European norm. Nodding your head therefore means that you are saying “no”, while shaking your head means that you are saying “yes”. To be safe, try giving verbal answers instead!

Facts & figures

METRO Cash & Carry Bulgaria

Market entry
1999
Head Office
Sofia
Number of wholesale stores
14
Number of employees
2,268