Veliko Tarnovo Province

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Coordinates: 43°19′N 25°33′E / 43.317°N 25.550°E / 43.317; 25.550

Veliko Tarnovo Province
Област Велико Търново
Province
Location of Veliko Tarnovo Province in Bulgaria
Location of Veliko Tarnovo Province in Bulgaria
Country Bulgaria
Capital Veliko Tarnovo
Municipalities 10
Government
 • Governor Pencho Penchev
Area
 • Total 4,662 km2 (1,800 sq mi)
Population (February 2011 123)
 • Total 258,494
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate BT
Website vt.government.bg

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgarian: Област Велико Търново) is a province in the middle of the northern part of Bulgaria. Its capital city, Veliko Tarnovo, is of historical significance as it is known as the capital of Medieval Bulgaria. The province is divided into 10 municipalities with a total population, as of December 2009, of 275,395 inhabitants.123

Other towns in the province include Gorna Oryahovitsa, which is within 10 kilometres of Veliko Tarnovo, Svishtov, set on Danube River and famous for its Tsenov Academy of Economics, and Suhindol, the hometown of Lovico — an internationally recognised label for fine wines and spirits. Another notable place is the village of Arbanasi, set between Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. The combination of old style and modern architecture, as well as its churches and monasteries, present the spirit of Bulgaria. Real estate is among the most expensive in the country.

Municipalities

The Veliko Tarnovo province (Област, oblast) contains 10 municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.123 Town/Village Pop.245
Elena Елена 10,407 Elena 5,665
Gorna Oryahovitsa Горна Оряховица 48,695 Gorna Oryahovitsa 32,436
Lyaskovets Лясковец 13,677 Lyaskovets 8,277
Pavlikeni Павликени 26,342 Pavlikeni 11,151
Polski Trambesh Полски Тръмбеш 15,309 Polski Trambesh 4,546
Strazhitsa Стражица 14,742 Strazhitsa 5,170
Suhindol Сухиндол 3,046 Suhindol 2,146
Svishtov Свищов 49,817 Svishtov 35,923
Veliko Tarnovo Велико Търново 88,724 Veliko Tarnovo 67,099
Zlataritsa Златарица 4,636 Zlataritsa 2,558

Population

The Veliko Tarnovo province had a population of 293,294 (293,172 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.3% were male and 51.6% were female.6 As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 275,3951 of which 26% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.7

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:

Veliko Tarnovo Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 352,179 344,078 339,473 349,108 339,518 318,251 293,294 283,599 278,764 275,395 258,494
Sources: National Statistical Institute,1 „Census 2001“,2 „Census 2011“,3 „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

Ethnic groups

Ethnic groups in Veliko Tarnovo Province (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
Bulgarians
  
90.3%
Turks
  
6.7%
Gypsies
  
1.7%
others and indefinable
  
1.3%

Total population (2011 census): 258 494 8

Ethnic groups (2011 census):9 Identified themselves: 233,992 persons:

  • Bulgarians: 211 353 (90,32%)
  • Turks: 15 709 (6,71%)
  • Gypsies: 3 875 (1,65%)
  • Others and indefinable: 3 055 (1,31%)

A further 25,000 persons in the Province did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.

Religion

Religions in Veliko Tarnovo Province (2001 census)
Religious group Percentage
Orthodox Christian
  
87.0%
Muslim
  
8.9%
Roman Catholic Christian
  
1.1%
Protestant Christian
  
0.1%
others and indefinable
  
2.9%

Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:10

Census 2001
religious adherence population  %
Orthodox Christians 254,914 86.95%
Muslims 26,085 8.90%
Roman Catholics 3,111 1.06%
Protestants 417 0.14%
Other 1,141 0.39%
Religion not mentioned 7,504 2.56%
total 293,172 100%

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
  3. ^ a b c d „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  4. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009
  5. ^ „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  6. ^ (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
  7. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
  8. ^ (Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
  9. ^ Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
  10. ^ (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001

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