This is the former website of the United Nations Development Programme – Bulgaria (Програма на ООН за развитие – България).
From our articles you will learn about the culture and history of the oldest state in Europe, Bulgaria. We also provide the most important information about the structure of the government, the healthcare system and the opportunities for High quality medical education. Read all about this amazing country and don’t forget to check out what Bulgaria has to offer when it comes Tourism.
In regards to the former purpose of this websites, we also provide information about the Millennium Development goals of the United Nations. For information about the many UN development programs that still exist in other countries, I suggest starting at: UNDP – Wikipedia
Our Short History of Bulgaria will tell you about the most significant events on the Balkans, from the time before Bulgaria was established to modern days. Here you will learn about the great empires of the Balkans, where did the Bulgarians came from and how they established the first Bulgarian state in the year 681, the rise and fall of their empires and the modern revolutions on the Balkans.
The man in traditional clothing – the symbol of this website – is called Hitar Petar (“hitar” means cunning). He is the most famous trickster of Bulgarian folklore and is part of hundreds of tales and stories that both kids and adults love. An interesting fact about Hitar Petar is that he is sometimes depicted with ginger hair (like we did), but the most typical hair-color in Bulgaria is black. (Bulgarians actually came from Asia, read more about that here).
History of Bulgaria
- History 1 – The Balkans before Bulgaria
- History 2 – The first Bulgarian Kingdom
- History 3 – The Kingdom of Veliko Tarnovo
- History 4 – The dark ages of Ottoman rule
- History 5 – Modern history in Bulgaria
- Overview of Government of Bulgaria.
- Very short Summary of Bulgaria features of the country.
- The Big important Millennium Development Goals of the UNDP.
- The Bulgarian health care system.
- Life in Bulgaria
- Valley of the Thracian kings
- Opportunities for tourism in Bulgaria
- The Chitalishte – a building, a cultural institution.
Whether you are looking for the next exotic destination for a summer vacation, new business opportunities or just passing through Bulgaria, our website is the place to get you started and provide you all the basic info you need. In Bulgaria, you could for example, spend vacation days trying to get very healthy, walking from one amazing place to another. There’s centuries of history to explore and understand. Who needs a diet or weight watchers, when you can get healthy just by staying active while hiking, climbing stairs and eating some really healthy foods.
It’s a fact that most people in the west do not know much about Bulgaria. The reason for this is the isolation to which the state was subjected during the Cold War and the slow process of recovery from the Soviet influence. The so called ‘transitional period’ started in 1989 and lasted about 15 years, read more about it here. Today Bulgaria is a proud member of NATO and the European Union and offers tempting opportunities to foreign investors.
For historical reasons a great gap in terms of standard of living was formed between the Western world and Eastern Europe. This affects strongly Bulgaria as one of the former Socialist countries. What I mean that although the state is catching up with the EU, for the last 26 years both the wages and the living costs in Bulgaria have been times lower than the average for the European Union.
Bulgaria is famous for its highly qualified scientists, sharp-minded mathematicians and, in recent years, excellent software and web developers. Today hundreds of IT companies are exporting their businesses to Bulgaria because they find the experts they need in any field at half the cost. At first glance this may seem a bit wrong, but in fact these types of companies offer a lot more than the local ones and some of the best working conditions to their employees. This story tells more about Life in Bulgaria and a young person who improved his life thanks to one of these foreign companies.