Definition of Bulgaria in English:


Syllabification: Bul·gar·i·a
Pronunciation: /ˌbəlˈɡerēə
A country in southeastern Europe, on the western shores of the Black Sea; population 7,204,700 (est. 2009); capital, Sofia; official language, Bulgarian.

Part of the Ottoman Empire from the 14th century, Bulgaria remained under Turkish rule until the late 19th century, becoming independent in 1908. A communist state was set up by the former Soviet Union after World War II, and a multiparty democratic system was introduced in 1989. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and became a member of the EU in 2007


named after the Bulgars (see Bulgar).

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