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According to collegesanduniversitiesinusa, the educational history of Bulgaria can be traced back to the early 19th century, when the country was part of the Ottoman Empire. During this period, education was largely limited to religious instruction in local schools and madrasas. However, during the 19th century, a strong secular educational system began to emerge in Bulgaria. This system was largely based on the model used in Austria-Hungary and included both primary and secondary schools. In 1878, after Bulgarian independence from the Ottoman Empire, a national education system was established which included both primary and secondary schools as well as higher education institutions such as universities and technical colleges. During this period, education focused on providing students with a strong foundation in Bulgarian language, history and culture. During the communist era (1944-1989), Bulgaria experienced a rapid expansion of its educational system with new schools being opened throughout the country. Education during this period remained heavily focused on Bulgarian language and culture but also included instruction in science and technology. Additionally, higher education institutions were expanded to include specialized fields such as engineering and medicine. Since 1989, Bulgaria has continued to expand its educational system while also making efforts to modernize it by introducing new technologies such as computers into classrooms. Additionally, more emphasis has been placed on preparing students for an increasingly globalized world by including more international elements into curriculums such as foreign languages and global studies courses. In 2009, Bulgaria was a parliamentary democracy led by the center-right party, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB). The GERB had been in power since 2009 and their leader, Boyko Borisov served as Prime Minister. The GERB’s main domestic policy goals included reducing corruption and improving the country’s economic stability. Foreign policy during this time was focused on strengthening ties with other European countries and increasing Bulgaria’s role in the European Union. As a member of NATO since 2004, Bulgaria was an active participant in international security operations. This included sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of peacekeeping missions. Additionally, Bulgaria worked to maintain strong ties with its neighbors such as Romania and Serbia through various bilateral agreements. In 2009, Bulgaria also made efforts to strengthen its relationship with the United States by signing a defense cooperation agreement which allowed for joint military exercises and training programs between the two countries. This agreement also allowed for increased intelligence sharing between the two countries in order to better defend against any potential threats to national security. Check internetsailors for Bulgaria in 2011.

Bulgaria Society and Economy

Population, society and rights The Bulgarian population has experienced a demographic decline compared to the 1980s, when the country had nearly nine million citizens. Today they have dropped to just over seven million and it is estimated that, by 2020, Bulgarians could drop to seven million. The phenomenon is directly linked to emigration: between the… Read More »

Travel to Bulgaria

Best travel time for Bulgaria The spring (from April to mid-June) is an excellent time for a visit to Bulgaria. During this period, the weather is usually good, the theater and entertainment venues are in full swing and low-season prices often still apply. The summer (mid-June to early September) is ideal for hiking and festivals,… Read More »

Bulgaria Overview

Republika Bălgarija Official language Bulgarian Capital Sofia Form of government republic Area 110.994 km² Residents 7,700,000 Currency Lew Time zone UTC +2 (OEZ) License plate BG Internet TLD .bg Telephone area code 00359 (Source: ALLCITYCODES) Geography The Republic of Bulgaria (officially: Republika Balgarija) is located on the eastern half of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast… Read More »