We offer interesting facts about Bulgaria, some of which you may not know:
1. Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that has not changed its name since its establishment in 681 AD.
2. Unlike other countries in the world in Bulgaria people shake their head for "yes" and nod for "no."
3. The popular Bulgarian rose oil is used to make some of the most famous and expensive perfumes. One gram of rose oil is produced from 1000 rose petals.
4. Over 15,000 Thracian tombs have been found in Bulgaria, most of them are still unexplored.
5. The golden treasure found in the Varna necropolis is the oldest in the world dating from 5000 BC. Moreover it is considered the oldest technologicaly processed gold in Europe.
6. Bulgaria is the third country in Europe with the most valuable archaeological sites discovered on its territory. It is left behind only Greece and Italy.
7. Sofia is the only European city which is located only 15 minutes from the mountain. Therefore Vitosha is a favorite place to walk for many citizens of Sofia.
8. Bulgarians first began to write in Cyrillic. Today Cyrillic alphabet used by both Slavic and non-Slavic people. With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union it became the third official alphabet of the EU after Greek and Latin.
9. Different ethnic and religious groups in the country coexist peacefully.
10. Bulgarian army has never lost a flag in battle.
11. Sofia was founded 7,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe.
12. Since 1977 with the launch of "Voyager 1" and "Voyager 2" Bulgarian folk song "Izlel e Delio hajdutin" sounds in space together with the greatest works of Bach and Mozart.
13. The first computer was created by a Bulgarian. In the period 1937-1942, John Atanasov, a scientist of Bulgarian origin, and Clifford Berry, an American inventor working at the University of Iowa created the first digital electronic computer.
14. The first digital wristwatch is also created by Bulgarian. His name is Peter Petrov.
15. Undoubtedly Bulgarian yoghurt is the best in the world. This is due to the unique bacterium Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which is used to make it and that is able to exist only in our country.
16. There is strong historical evidence that from the Stone Age to the present-day territory of Bulgaria was produced wine. At present, the country has earned a reputation as a winemaker of world class.
17. Every year on March 1. Bulgarians exchange martenitsa. They are made of red and white threads decorations and symbolize health and happiness.
18. The famous creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has Bulgarian roots. His grandfather migrated from Bulgaria to the US in the 40s of last century. Zuckerberg himself, who was named after his grandfather Marco said that boasts Bulgarian origin.