Curious facts about Bulgaria, some of which you may not know

Publish date 10 February 2016
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1. Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe, which has not changed its name since its establishment in 681.

2. Unlike other countries in the world, in Bulgaria people shake their heads for "yes" and nod for "no".

3. The popular Bulgarian rose oil is used to make some of the most famous and expensive perfumes. One gram of rose oil is produced from 1000 rose flowers.

4. More than 15,000 Thracian tombs have been discovered on the territory of Bulgaria, most of which are still unexplored.

5. The golden treasure found in the Varna necropolis is the oldest in the world, dating back to 5000 BC. It is also considered to be the oldest technologically processed gold in Europe.

6. Bulgaria is the third country in Europe with the most valuable archaeological finds found on its territory. It is surpassed only by Greece and Italy.

7. The capital Sofia is the only large European city, which is located only 15 minutes from the mountains. That is why Vitosha is a favorite place for a walk for many people in Sofia.

8. The Bulgarians were the first to write in Cyrillic. Today the Cyrillic alphabet is used by both Slavic and non-Slavic peoples. With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union, it became the third official alphabet of the EU after the Greek and Latin.

9. The various ethnic and religious groups in the country coexist peacefully.

10. The Bulgarian army has never lost a flag in battle.

11. Sofia has existed for 7,000 years, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe.

12. Since 1977, with the launch of "Voyager 1" and "Voyager 2", the Bulgarian folk song "Izlel e dello haidutin" has been heard in space together with the greatest works of Bach and Mozart.

13. The first computer was created by a Bulgarian. Between 1937 and 1942, John Atanassov, a scientist of Bulgarian descent, and Clifford Berry, an American inventor, worked at the University of Iowa and created the first digital electronic computer.

14. The first digital wristwatch was also created by a Bulgarian. His name is Peter Petrov.

15. Undoubtedly Bulgarian yogurt is the best in the world. This is due to the unique bacterium Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which is used to make it and which is found only in our country.

16. There is solid historical evidence that wine has been produced on the territory of today's Bulgaria since the Stone Age. To date, the country has earned a reputation as a world-class winemaker.

17. The famous creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has Bulgarian roots: his grandfather moved from Bulgaria to the United States in the 40s of last century. Zuckerberg himself, named after his grandfather Marko, says he is proud of his Bulgarian origins.