Town hall of Bolhrad
|Coordinates: UA 45°40′2″N 28°36′46″E / 45.66722°N 28.61278°ECoordinates: UA 45°40′2″N 28°36′46″E / 45.66722°N 28.61278°E|
|• Total||94 km2 (36 sq mi)|
|Elevation||75 m (246 ft)|
|• Density||164.6/km2 (426/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Bolhrad (Ukrainian: Болград Bolhrad; Bulgarian and Russian: Болград Bolgrad; Romanian: Bolgrad), sometimes known as Bolgrad, is a small city in Odessa Oblast (province) of southwestern Ukraine, in the historical region of Budjak. It is the administrative center of Bolhrad Raion (district). Population: 15,499 (2015 est.)
Bolhrad was founded in 1821 by Bulgarian settlers in Bessarabia, under the direction of General Ivan Inzov who is "revered" by Bolhrad residents as the "Founder of Our City." Bolhrad became part of Moldavia from 1856 to 1859, Romania from 1859 to 1878, 1918 to 1940, and 1941 to 1944, before being incorporated into the USSR (in the territory of the Ukrainian SSR), and later independent Ukraine.
The surrounding Bolhradsky district is predominantly populated by ethnic Bulgarians (a majority of 61%). Bolhrad itself is inhabited by a large number of Bessarabian Bulgarians and is considered by locals to be the unofficial capital of the Bessarabian historic district of Budjak.
As of 1920, Bolhrad had a coal industry.
- Dimitar Grekov (1847–1901), Bulgarian politician
- Danail Nikolaev (1852–1942), Bulgarian general
- Georgi Todorov (1858–1934), Bulgarian general
- Mykola Shmatko (b. 1943), contemporary Ukrainian sculptor, professor and painter (not a native, but lived in Bolhrad)
- Petro Poroshenko (b. 1965), current President of Ukraine, entrepreneur, business oligarch
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