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Interesting facts about Bulgaria

Bulgaria is one of the oldest European countries.

It used to be land of the Thracians, and a particular hero called Spartacus was born there.

Bulgaria ranks 3rd in Europe (after Greece and Italy) for its number of archaeological treasures.

Bulgaria has the oldest Orthodox Slavic church in the world.

The Bulgarians were the first people to put the Cyrillic alphabet to use after its inception in the 9th century.

Bulgaria and Denmark were the only two countries to save their Jews during the Holocaust.

The Bulgarian army is the only force in the entire world which has never lost a single flag, despite actively participating in wars in Europe since the 19th century.

The first wrestler in the world with 1500 wins and only 2 losses is the Bulgarian Dan Kolov.
The world's first digital watch was invented by Peter Petrov (of Bulgaria).

The oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria (in 294 graves were found 3000 gold objects dating back more than 6000 years).

The only nations in the world that use the bagpipe as an instrument are Scotland, Ireland and Bulgaria.

Bulgaria has been in the wine business for over 1200 years. The taste and quality of the Bulgarian wine is world class. Wine has been known in the land of Bulgaria since ancient times. Archaeology, folklore, and literature provide ample evidence that wine grapes have thrived in these lands ever since the late Stone Age.

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer was the world's first electronic digital computer. It was built by John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry at Iowa State University during 1937-42.

Sofia is the biggest and the most developed city and district in Bulgaria. Founded seven thousand years ago, Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe.

"Name Days" are celebrated in addition to birthdays in Bulgaria. As a matter of fact, most Bulgarians value their ‘Name Day’ more than their birthday. A Name Day, or "Saints Day" is celebrated by people named after a particular Saint.

When Bulgarians nod their heads up and down, they mean NO. When they move their heads from side to side, they mean YES.