Pravets

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Pravets
Правец
Coat of arms of Pravets
Coat of arms
Pravets is located in Bulgaria
Pravets
Pravets
Location of Pravets
Coordinates: 42°52′58.8″N 23°55′1.2″E / 42.883000°N 23.917000°E / 42.883000; 23.917000Coordinates: 42°52′58.8″N 23°55′1.2″E / 42.883000°N 23.917000°E / 42.883000; 23.917000
Country Bulgaria
Provinces
(Oblast)
Sofia Province
Government
 • Mayor Rumen Guninski
Elevation 440 m (1,440 ft)
Population (13.09.2005)
 • Total 4,512
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2161
Area code(s) 07133

Pravets (Bulgarian: Правец, also transliterated as Pravetz or Pravec) is a town in Pravets Municipality in central western Bulgaria, located approximately 60 km from the capital Sofia.

Pravets has a population of 4,512 people. Mountains surround it, which allows for a mild climate with rare winds. In the outskirts there is a small lake used for fishing and recreation. Most Bulgarians associate the town with its (now closed) computer manufacturing plant and with the birthplace of Bulgaria's longtime communist president, Todor Zhivkov.The first microprocessor factory in Bulgaria was situated in Pravets. These computers, which were also the first in Bulgaria, were named Pravets-82 and had yellow and black keyboards.

Today, the town is famous for its two high schools and the RIU golf resort complex. The first high school is a language high school by the name of Aleko Konstantinov. It prepares many students who continue their undergraduate education in Bulgaria, England, the USA, Germany, and France. The second high school is one of two technical schools, which prepares students for the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. It allows for direct admission to the University to its top students. During the school year, the town is filled with students from different towns and villages. Pravets is one of the few cities in Bulgaria which has high quality satellite images on Google Earth.

"Pravetz" is also a surname.

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