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Fun facts about Bulgaria

A holiday to Bulgaria is a fun getaway, whether you're opting for the parties and sun of Sunny Beach or the cultural treasures of Nessebar. Bulgaria actually has several claims to fame, plus a long and often surprising history. Have a look at some of our Bulgarian fun facts to brush up on your trivia before your trip.


Bulgarian people



Data from Mensa, the organisation that tracks IQ development worldwide, frequently lists the IQs of Bulgaria's people among the highest in the world. So it'll come as no surprise to find a lot of the things we use day-to-day, the Bulgarians had a hand in establishing – including the digital wristwatch and computer.

Although it was England's Charles Babbage in the 19th century who created the first mechanical computer, the first digital computer was actually Bulgarian. John Vincent Atanasoff is credited with the landmark invention in the 1940s, which coincidentally happens to be the decade that Marko Zuckerberg – the Bulgarian grandfather of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – left Bulgaria to seek his fortune in America.

More broadly speaking, interacting with Bulgarian locals can be difficult for one interesting reason – they nod to express the negative and shake their heads to express the affirmative, the opposite of what you're likely used to. Of course, if you recently visited Sri Lanka you might already be familiar with this more unusual way of saying yes.

Natural knowledge

Although the country has a cosmopolitan flair in its towns and cities, the natural world is highly respected and taken care of here. If you're not convinced by the countless photographs of Bulgaria's beauty you can find online, let some numbers do the talking.

To start, one third of Bulgaria's entire surface area is covered in forests and woodlands. As if that isn't impressive enough, there are 40 mountains recognised in the country, as well as over 600 mineral water springs, making Bulgaria the country with the most mineral springs in Europe.

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