Veliko Tarnovo ( bg, Област Велико Търново, Oblast Veliko Tǎrnovo) is a
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in the middle of the northern part of
Bulgaria Bulgaria (; bg, България, Bǎlgariya), officially the Republic of Bulgaria ( bg, Република България, links=no, Republika Bǎlgariya, ), is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia a ...
. Its capital city,
Veliko Tarnovo Veliko Tarnovo ( bg, Велико Търново, Veliko Tǎrnovo, ; "Great Tarnovo") is a town in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred as the "''City of the Tsars''", Veliko Tarnovo i ...
, is of historical significance as it is known as the capital of the Bulgarian Empire. The province is divided into 10 municipalities with a total population, as of December 2009, of 275,395 inhabitants.Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
/ref> Other towns in the province include Gorna Oryahovitsa, which is within of Veliko Tarnovo, Svishtov, set on
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and famous for its Tsenov Academy of Economics, and Suhindol, the hometown of ''Lovico'' — an internationally recognised label for fine wines and spirits. Another notable place is the village of Arbanasi, set between Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. The combination of old style and modern architecture, as well as its churches and
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, present the spirit of Bulgaria. Real estate is among the most expensive in the country.


The Veliko Tarnovo oblast contains 10 municipalities (общини, ''obshtini''). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and
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, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009.


The Veliko Tarnovo province had a
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of 293,294 (293,172 also given) according to a 2001
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, of which were
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and were
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.Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex

/ref> As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 275,395 of which are inhabitants aged over 60 years.Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
The following table represents the change of the population in the province after
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Ethnic groups

Total population (2011 census): 258 494 Ethnic groups (2011 census): Identified themselves: 233,992 persons: *Bulgarians in Bulgaria, Bulgarians: 211 353 (90,32%) *Turks in Bulgaria, Turks: 15 709 (6,71%) *Romani people in Bulgaria, Romani: 3 875 (1,65%) *Others and indefinable: 3 055 (1,31%) A further 25,000 persons in the Province did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.


Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001


See also

*Provinces of Bulgaria *Municipalities of Bulgaria *List of cities and towns in Bulgaria *List of villages in Veliko Tarnovo Province


External links

Official websiteTsenov Academy of Economics

{{Authority control Veliko Tarnovo Province, Provinces of Bulgaria