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Plovdiv Province
Област Пловдив
Province
Location o Plovdiv Province in Bulgarie
Kintra Bulgarie
Caipital Plovdiv
Municipalities 18
Government
 • Gorernor Ivan Totev
Area[1]
 • Total 5,972.9 km2 (2,306.1 sq mi)
Population (February 2011)[2]
 • Total 671,918
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate PB
Website pd.government.bg

Plovdiv Province (Bulgarie: Област Пловдив - Oblast Plovdiv, umwhile name Plovdiv okrug) is a province in central soothren Bulgarie. It comprises 18 municipalities (общини, obshtini, sing. общинa, obshtina) on a territory o 5,972.9 km²[1] wi a total population, as o December 2009, of 701,684 inhabitants.[2][3][4] The province is namit efter its admeenistrative an industrial centre - the ceety o Plovdiv.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

View o the Rhodopes near the veelage o Vrata in the sooth o the province

It includes pairts o the Upper Thracie Plain, the Rhodopes, Sredna Gora, the Sub-Balkan valleys an Stara Planina, includin its heichest peak Botev (2, 376m). The main rivers in the province are Maritsa, Stryama, Pyasachnik. There are numerous dams, the maist important o which is Pyasachnik. Mineral springs are abundant, there are several major spa resorts- Hisarya, Narechen, Banya an minor spas at Klisura, Asenovgrad, Kuklen, Rosino, Krasnovo, Stoletovo an ithers. There are mony natural landmarks, especially in the Central Balkan National Park, includin the spectacular watterfaw Raysko Praskalo, the heichest in the Balkans.

Municipalities[eedit | eedit soorce]

Municipalities o Plovdiv province

The Plovdiv province (Област, oblast) contains 18 municipalities[5] (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The follaein table shows the names o each municipality in Inglis an Cyrillic, the main toun or veelage (touns are shown in bauld), an the population o each as o December 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.[2][3][4] Toun/Veelage Pop.[3][6][7][8][9]
Asenovgrad Асеновград 65,222 Asenovgrad 51,499
Brezovo Брезово 7,943 Brezovo 1,886
Hisarya Хисаря 13,113 Hisarya 7,410
Kaloyanovo Калояново 12,402 Kaloyanovo 2,417
Karlovo Карлово 54,925 Karlovo 25,149
Krichim Кричим 8,590 Krichim 8,590
Kuklen Куклен 6,540 Kuklen 5,896
Laki Лъки 3,387 Laki 2,491
Maritsa (Plovdiv rural) Марица 31,447 Plovdiv see below
Perushtitsa Перущица 5,194 Perushtitsa 5,194
Plovdiv (ceety) Пловдив 348,465 Plovdiv 348,465
Parvomay Първомай 27,813 Parvomay 13,984
Rakovski Раковски 26,683 Rakovski 15,265
Rodopi (Plovdiv rural) Родопи 32,286 Plovdiv see above
Sadovo Садово 15,714 Sadovo 2,507
Sopot Сопот 10,354 Sopot 9,299
Stamboliyski Стамболийски 20,879 Stamboliyski 11,721
Saedinenie Съединение 11,193 Saedinenie 6,050

Touns[eedit | eedit soorce]

The province's caipital is the ceety o lovdiv, ither touns include Karlovo, Sopot, Klisura, Kalofer, Hisarya, Saedinenie, Rakovski, Brezovo, Stamboliyski, Krichim, Perushtitsa, Sadovo, Parvomay, Asenovgrad, Laki, Katunica, Yiagodovo.

Demografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Plovdiv province haed a population o 715,904 (715,816 an aw given) accordin tae a 2001 census, o which 48.4% wur male an 51.6% wur female.[10] As o the end o 2009, the population o the province, annooncit bi the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 701,684[2] of which 24.1% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[11]

The follaein table represents the chynge o the population in the province efter Warld War II:

Plovdiv Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 515,887 564,910 647,653 725,452 760,076 734,495 715,904 707,570 705,121 701,684 671,918
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

Releegion[eedit | eedit soorce]

Releegious adherence in the province accordin tae 2001 census:[12]

Census 2001
releegious adherence population  %
Orthodox Christians 608,226 84.97%
Muslims 62,595 8.74%
Roman Catholics 23,122 3.23%
Protestants 3,913 0.55%
Ither 4,412 0.62%
Releegion no mentioned 13,548 1.89%
total 715,816 100%

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Walls of the Hissarya fortress

The economy of the province is of great importance. The agricultural production is intensive and efficient with high levels of irrigation. The major crops are fruit (apples, plums, pears, cherries), grapes, melons and watermelons, vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cabbage, potatoes), wheat, rice, barley and others. Industry is very well developed: ferrous metallurgy near Plovdiv; thriving electronics industry in Plovdiv, Saedinenie, Voivodinovo, Radinovo and other villages in the area; agricultural machinery (tractors) in Karlovo, weapon and military plants in Sopot, Karlovo, Plovdiv; chemical industry in Plovdiv, Asenovgrad; food industry is developed almost everywhere, most notably in Plovdiv and Asenovgrad (wines). Tourism is a growing industry with the rich cultural heritage of the province and the numerous mineral springs which are of international importance.

See an aw[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 (Inglis) Bulgarian Provinces area and population 1999 — National Center for Regional Development — page 90-91
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 (Inglis) „WorldCityPopulation“
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  5. Oblast Haskovo, official website
  6. (Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009
  7. „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  8. (Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute – Bulgarian villages under 1000 inhabitants – December 2009
  9. (Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute – Bulgarian Settlements 1000–5000 inhabitants – December 2009
  10. (Bulgarie) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
  11. (Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
  12. (Bulgarie) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001