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Haskovo Province (Bulgarian: Област Хасково - Oblast Haskovo, former name Haskovo okrug) is a province in southern Bulgaria, neighbouring Greece and Turkey to the southeast, comprising parts of the Thracian valley along the river Maritsa. It is named after its administrative and industrial centre - the city of Haskovo. The province embraces a territory of 5,533.3 km²1 that is divided into 11 municipalities with a total population, as of December 2009, of 256,408 inhabitants.234
The Haskovo province (Област, oblast) contains 11 municipalities5 (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town or village (towns are shown in bold), and the population of each as of December 2009.
The Haskovo province had a population of 277,483 (277,478 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female.10 As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 256,4083 of which 25.8% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.11
The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:
Sources: National Statistical Institute,3 „Census 2001“,4 „Census 2011“,2 „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??