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Population of Bulgaria

The last census (in 2001) showed that 7 973 673 people live in Bulgaria. The average life expectancy for women is 74, and for men - 67. About one quarter of the population is at the age of pension. Most of Bulgarian population lives in cities. More than a million and a half people live in the capital city of Sofia, which is approximately one fifth of the total population.

There are many ethnic groups living in Bulgaria (Turks, Gypsies, Armenians, Jews, Greeks, Wallachians, and Albanians) as a consequence of its historical and geographical specifics. All minorities live in harmony with the Bulgarian population without any social or ethnic pressure.

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