Sofia Province

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Coordinates: 42°40′N 23°40′E / 42.667°N 23.667°E / 42.667; 23.667

Sofia Province

Софийска област
Location o Sofia Province in Bulgarie
Location o Sofia Province in Bulgarie
KintraBulgarie
CaipitalSofia
Municipalities22
Govrenment
 • GovrenorKrasimir Zhivkov
Area
 • Total7,059 km2 (2,725 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Tot246,668
 • Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
License plateCO

Sofia Province (Bulgarie: Софийска област, Sofiyska oblast) is a province (oblast) o Bulgarie. The province daes no include Sofia in its territories, but Sofia remains its admeenistrative center. The province borders on the provinces o Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Lovech, Vratsa, Montana an "Sofia-Capital" (which is in a separate oblast, see Sofia Admeenistration), tae the northwast thare is mairch wi Serbie.

A waterfaw near the veelage o Kostenets

The province haes a territory o 7 059 km² an haes 254,996 indwallers. The land is predominantly muntainous. Tae the north are the soothren slopes o the Balkan Muntains an tae the sooth rises Rila wi the heichest pynt in the peninsular Musala. Thare are an aw several smawer muntains an spacious valleys. Ane o the maist important ski resorts in Bulgarie, Borovets, is locatit here close tae Samokov.

Industry is well developit. Minin an ferrous metallurgy are the backbone o the economy wi the lairgest copper refinery in Sooth Eastren Europe in Pirdop an important copper mines at Chelopech an Etropole. Machinery is well developit in Botevgrad (buses, caur components, electronics), Pravets (computers), Etropole, Samokov, Elin Pelin, Ihtiman, Slivnitsa, Godech. The centre o fuid an succar industry is Svoge. This is an aw the birthplace o bass/baritone opera sangster an muisicker Boris Damianov.

Municipalities[eedit | eedit soorce]

Municipalities o Sofia province

The Sofia province (Област, oblast) contains 22 municipalities (singular: община, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The follaein table shows the names o each municipality in Inglis, Scots an Cyrillic, the main toun (in bauld) or veelage, an the population o each as o 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.[1] Toun/Veelage Pop.[1]
Anton Антон 1,650 Anton 1,650
Botevgrad Ботевград 36,183 Botevgrad 23,694
Bozhurishte Божурище 6,735 Bozhurishte 4,829
Chavdar Чавдар 1,252 Chavdar 1,252
Chelopech Челопеч 1,571 Chelopech 1,571
Dolna Banya Долна баня 4,917 Dolna Banya 4,917
Dragoman Драгоман 5,373 Dragoman 3,541
Elin Pelin Елин Пелин 22,015 Elin Pelin 7,293
Etropole Етрополе 13,773 Etropole 12,078
Godech Годеч 5,670 Godech 4,783
Gorna Malina Горна Малина 5,668 Gorna Malina 1,357
Ihtiman Ихтиман 18,903 Ihtiman 14,571
Koprivshtitsa Копривщица 2,547 Koprivshtitsa 2,547
Kostenets Костенец 14,154 Kostenets 7,762
Kostinbrod Костинброд 16,145 Kostinbrod 11,523
Mirkovo Мирково 2,534 Mirkovo 1,707
Pirdop Пирдоп 9,217 Pirdop 8,361
Pravets Правец 7,919 Pravets 4,440
Samokov Самоков 41,544 Samokov 30,085
Slivnitsa Сливница 9,511 Slivnitsa 7,790
Svoge Своге 22,557 Svoge 8,741
Zlatitsa Златица 6,274 Zlatitsa 5,529

Demografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

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

Sofia Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 319,045 313,906 306,913 310,975 305,358 289,962 273,240 262,032 258,397 253,010 246,668
Soorces: Naitional Stateestical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

The province haed a population o 273 252 (an aw gien as 273,240) accordin tae a 2001 census, o which 49.2% wur male an 50.8% wur female.[5]

Releegion[eedit | eedit soorce]

Releegious adherence in the province accordin tae 2001 census:[6]

Census 2001
religious adherence population %
Orthodox Christians 261 996 95.9%
Muslims 3 368 1.2%
Roman Catholics 186 0.1%
Protestants 2 320 0.8%
Ither 1027 0.4%
Releegion no mentioned 4 343 1.6%
tot 273,240 100%

Ethnic groups[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ethnic groups in the province accordin tae 2001 census:[7] 253 536 Bulgaries (92.8%),
16 748 Roma (Gypsy) (6.1%) an 2956 ithers an unspecifeed (1.1%).

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Bulgarie) Population Chart as of 15 March 2009 from Directorate General: Civil Registration and Administrative Services
  2. (in Inglis) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  3. (in Inglis) „WorldCityPopulation“
  4. „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  5. (in Bulgarie) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
  6. (in Bulgarie) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001
  7. (in Bulgarie) Population to 01.03.2001 by District and Ethnic Group from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001

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