Location of Sofia Province in Bulgaria
|• Governor||Krasimir Zhivkov|
|• Total||7,059 km2 (2,725 sq mi)|
|• Density||35/km2 (91/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Sofia Province (Bulgarian: Софийска област, Sofiyska oblast) is a province (oblast) of Bulgaria. The province does not include Sofia in its territories, but Sofia remains its administrative center. The province borders on the provinces of Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Lovech, Vratsa, Montana and "Sofia-Capital" (which is in a separate oblast, see Sofia Administration), to the northwest there is border with Serbia.
The province's territory is 7 059 km² and has 247,489 inhabitants according to the 2011 Bulgarian Census. The land is predominantly mountainous. To the north are the southern slopes of the Balkan Mountains and to the south rises Rila with the highest point in the peninsula Musala. There are also several smaller mountains and spacious valleys. One of the most important ski resorts in Bulgaria, Borovets, is located here close to Samokov.
Industry is well developed. Mining and ferrous metallurgy are the backbone of the economy with the largest copper refinery in South Eastern Europe in Pirdop and important copper mines at Chelopech and Etropole. Machinery is well developed in Botevgrad (buses, car components, electronics), Pravets (computers), Etropole, Samokov, Elin Pelin, Ihtiman, Slivnitsa, Godech. The centre of food and sugar industry is Svoge.
The Sofia province (Област, oblast) contains 22 municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of 2009.
|Dolna Banya||Долна баня||4,917||Dolna Banya||4,917|
|Elin Pelin||Елин Пелин||22,015||Elin Pelin||7,293|
|Gorna Malina||Горна Малина||5,668||Gorna Malina||1,357|
The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:
Total population (2011 census): 247 489
|Orthodox Christians||261 996||95.9%|
|Religion not mentioned||4 343||1.6%|
- (Bulgarian) Population Chart as of 15 March 2009 from Directorate General: Civil Registration and Administrative Services
- (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
- (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
- (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
- Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
- (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by District and Ethnic Group from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
- (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001
- Provinces of Bulgaria
- Municipalities of Bulgaria
- List of cities and towns in Bulgaria
- List of villages in Sofia Province
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