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Bulgaria
Women in traditional dress in Pirin, Bulgaria - by Donald Judge
Total area: 110,994 km2
Population: 7,101,859 (2016 est)
Literacy: 98%
Official languages: Bulgarian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $20,327 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 74 years
Religions: 83% Bulgarian Orthodox, 11% Muslim, 4% Atheist or Agnostic, 1% Catholic, 1% Protestant
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Bulgaria

A brief overview
July 2015
Bulgaria is a country struggling to re-establish itself after the fall of communism in 1989. 50% of its people now live below the poverty line. Ethnic tensions still smoulder in a land which was one of the final outposts of the Ottoman Empire and still occupies a strategic position as the gateway to Turkic Asia. A major breakthrough for the gospel occurred in the 1990s when approximately 10,000 Muslim Millet came to Christ, mainly as a result of powerful acts of the Holy Spirit shown in healings, deliverances and dreams. There are also many Rom fellowships that need discipling and training. The ethnic Turks, however, remain unreached with less than 100 known believers. (WEC International)
Unemployment in Bulgaria
May 2015
The employment rate is extremely low in Svishtov, Bulgaria. Pray for God’s provision and guidance as people seek to make ends meet. Pray for TEN worker Anatoli as he encourages people in their everyday lives. Bulgaria is still very sceptical of Evangelical Christians and their view of faith. Pray for Svishtov, and the Bulgarian nation, that people will become more responsive and open to God’s Word.  (Transform Europe Now)
Trafficked for sex
September 2014
Amongst the many problems facing the people of Bulgaria are stories of over 10,000 women being trafficked for sex every year. Several of Transform Europe Now’s partners in Bulgaria are working to help overcome the abuse of women. Ministries include offering women a shelter to escape abusive relationships, providing vocational training for gypsy girls, and distributing Christian magazines to women across Bulgaria. Please pray for the fruitfulness of this work – that women would be transformed as they experience the love of Jesus. Pray that attitudes towards women will change and that loving, nurturing relationships will become normality. Pray too that the sex trafficking trade will be stopped and that the vulnerable young girls will be reunited with family or given safe and healthy care. (Transform Europe Now)
Market reforms
March 2012
In the past decade Bulgaria has pressed ahead with market reforms designed to meet EU economic targets. It has achieved some growth, seen unemployment fall a little from highs of nearly 20 percent and brought inflation under control. Nevertheless, incomes and living standards remain very low. Pray for the government of Bulgaria as it seeks to respond to calls from the EU to take urgent action to tackle crime and corruption. (BMS World Mission)

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Bulgarian flag
Total area: 110,994 km2
Population: 7,101,859 (2016 est)
Literacy: 98%
Official languages: Bulgarian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $20,327 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 74 years
Religions: 83% Bulgarian Orthodox, 11% Muslim, 4% Atheist or Agnostic, 1% Catholic, 1% Protestant