Bulgaria's history museum has an unusual display on show: a "vampire" skeleton, discovered after the unearthing of the 800-year-old remains of two skeletons stabbed through the chest with iron rods.
Archaeologists, excavating a monastery near the Black Sea city of Sozopol, discovered the skeletons which were buried in a pagan ritual that they said was aimed at keeping the men from turning into vampires.
"To prevent suspected would-be-vampires from turning into vampires, a group of brave...
Moderate earthquake rattles Bulgaria
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Bulgaria on Tuesday, about 14 miles outside the capital of Sofia, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It was less than six miles deep, the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or...
Pope Benedict XVI to Watch Documentary on Bulgaria's Late Patriarch Maxim
The Vatican respects the memory of late Patriarch Maxim
The Vatican will watch a documentary about the deceased Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim. On January 22, the documentary named My Service of the journalist from the Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Goran Blagoev, will be screened in the Vatican television hall, the Standart learnt from sources from the Holy Synod.
A special invitation to attend the event...
Bulgaria's 'Pebble Beach' to host top European golf event
Nicolas Colsaerts will defend his World Match Play title at a new European Tour venue in May.
The European Tour has long sought to grow golf outside the continent, taking top players around the world to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, while its second-tier circuit even visited South America this year.
Its latest bid to break new ground -- the largely untapped golfing market of Eastern Europe -- has been driven by the desires...
Bulgaria is to spend about 300 million leva (about 150 million euro) in European Union funds over the next two years restoring 11 castles and a large number of ancient sites that are popular tourist attractions.
Among the sites where restoration and development work will be done are the museum village of Etura, former capital Pliska, the Madara Horseman cliff carving near the town of Shoumen, Arbanassi, the Assenovgrad fortress, Magura and Ledenika caves and the Belogradchik rocks.
Download speeds in Bulgaria were among the fastest in the world, behind only South Korea and Romania, according to research by online content delivery company Pando Networks, quoted by Bulgarian daily Dnevnik on September 21.
Average speed in South Korea was 2202KBps, followed by 1909KBps in Romania and 1611KBps in Bulgaria. The top ten is rounded up by Lithuania, Latvia, Japan, Sweden, Ukraine, Denmark and Hong Kong.
US scored 26th in the survey, at 606KBps, just above the global average...
Scotland Yard detectives have twice visited Bulgaria in three months in a final attempt to solve the murder of Georgi Markov, in which the Bulgarian dissident was jabbed with a poisoned umbrella while waiting for a London bus in 1978.
A team from the Metropolitan police travelled to Sofia in April 2007, then in March this year and again last month, in the hope of identifying the assassin before Bulgaria's 30-year statute of limitation expires in September.
Last night, a spokeswoman...
The full smoking ban in Bulgaria became effective on Friday, June 1, at midnight.
In April, after heated debates, Bulgaria's Parliament passed on first reading a bill banning smoking in closed public spaces.
The changes in the Law on Public Health mandate that smoking is fully banned in all work places, restaurants, bars, public transportation, cinemas, movie theaters, all hotels, near administrative buildings, in the yards or nearby daycare centers and schools, on playgrounds, at...
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has vowed to resign if the parliamentary group of center-right ruling party GERB backs the abolition of the smoking ban.
"We are totally against the abolition of the smoking ban. Let us hope that they will not make me once again carry my letter of resignation in my pocket at the next vote," Borisov said in a Saturday interview for Darik radio.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister reminded that he had appeared in Parliament with his letter of resignation in his...
1. The July 18 terrorist attack at the Sarafovo Airport in Bulgaria's Burgas, aka the Burgas Bus Bombing
2. Natural disasters the May 20 6.0-magnitude earthquake in the western Bulgarian city of Pernik and Sofia and the flooding in the village of Biser
3. The decision of Bulgaria's Borisov Cabinet to terminate the project for the construction of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant, and the ensuing scheduling of a national referendum on the construction a second NPP
4. Civil society...
The manager of Bulgaria's embattled and scandal-ridden Scientific Research Fund, Hristo Petrov, has resigned.
Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has already accepted the resignation, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, reported Monday.
Petrov deposited his resignation after it emerged that a probe of the Inspectorate at the Council of Ministers had established staggering violations at the Fund such as hiring people without the required qualifications and violations in assessing scientific bids...
The 22st edition of Bulgaria's largest and most impressive Kukeri event the Surva Festival kicked off in the western city of Pernik on Saturday.
Hundreds of kukeri, or mummers, practitioners of a beloved Bulgarian folklore tradition with roots from Ancient Thrace, have gathered for the weekend event.
Together with numerous international representatives of festival cultures around the globe, the participants of this year's Surva Festival amount to 6,100.
They will have...
A few dozens of Bulgarians came out on rallies in 4 major cities to request that Movement of Rights and Freedoms delegates who severely beat up the assaulter of former party leader Ahmed Dogan face justice.
In contrast, an online petition to the same effect has already gathered more than 10,000 signatures.
January 19, while long-time leader Dogan was delivering a speach at an MRF congress in Sofia, 25-year-old Oktay Enimehmedov walked on stage and pointed a hand gun right at the...
Bulgarian customs officers have detained shipments of heroin and fake perfumes in a single truck, worth over BGN 1 M each.
The illegal goods were transported in a railway container carrying empty glass jars from Turkey to the Netherlands.
Upon an inspection at the Svilengrad checkpoint, officers found discrepancies in accounts about its destination and decided to inspect the container's contents.
They the jar holders were found to be masking the center of the container, where...
In addition to day and night prices of electric power, Bulgaria will introduce soon a seasonal tariff.
The new electric power fees are included in a draft decree of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR.
The directive is one from a number of administrative acts from the Electricity and Gas Directives requested by the European Commission.
It was reported on January 24 that EC was referring Bulgaria, Estonia and the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of...
Code yellow has been declared for twenty three Bulgarian regions Sunday over the forecast for gusty winds.
The forecast has been issued by the Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS.
Code yellow means potentially dangerous weather, where the forecast is not for unusual meteorological events, but requires people to exercise caution.
Only 5 regions Vidin, Montana, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv and Smolyan are under code green.
Sofia residents and visitors can now use the subway parking lots free of charge with a personalized public transportation card.
The free period applies for the metro business hours โ from 5 am until midnight. During the night, the fee is BGN 0.5 per hour.
The offer is effective already and applies to holders of personalized monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annual cards. One vehicle per card is allowed.
Other public transportation cards or metro fare tickets allow free parking for...
Bulgaria's Princess Kalina wants to gain Bulgarian citizenship, local media have announced.
Kalina met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva on Friday.
The Bulgarian Princess is expected to join the Bulgarian national equestrian team.
41-year-old Kalina is the youngest of former Bulgarian King Simeon Saxe-Coburg and wife Margarita's five children, who were all born in exile in Spain.
Throughout her youth she cultivated a name for herself as...
Nearly 100 people gathered in Bulgarian capital Sofia's Ovcha Kupel on Sunday in an effort to rescue a 200-year-old Platanus tree from felling. Photo by cross.bg
Nearly 100 people gathered in Bulgarian capital Sofia's Ovcha Kupel on Sunday in an effort to rescue a 200-year-old Platanus tree from felling.
Municipal authorities planned to cut down the tree early on Sunday in order to make way for the construction of a new supermarket.
Protesters have pointed out that the tree...
For the first time, people all over the world can see Street View imagery of Bulgaria, Google has announced.
Bulgaria has become the 48th country for which immersive, street-level imagery is now available on Google Maps.
The Bulgarian launch covers not only major economic centers such as Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna, but also historical and beloved towns like Veliko Turnovo and Koprvishtitsa.
Users around the world can also virtually experience the beautiful ski resorts of Borovets, Bansko...
Bulgarians observe Sunday a self-styled traditional 'Forgiveness Day' on which everyone asks everyone to forgive his or her misdeeds over the passed year.
The rite is centered in families and communities, in which people ask their elders, including parents and superiors to absolve whatever they have done wrong, even if they do not know it or did not intend it.
The holiday is observed on a Sunday, exactly seven weeks before Easter, and is also called Sirni Zagovezni. That name refers to...
AS England's footballers prepare to take on Bulgaria in the Euro 2012 qualifiers tomorrow, we bring you 20 fascinating facts you never knew about the country...
1. Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no.
2. National instrument is the bagpipes called the gaida.
3. Bulgarians invented the first electronic computer, digital watch and car air bag.
4.Most famous footballers are Hristo Stoichkov, now 45 highest scorer at the 1994 World Cup and Manchester United's...
Bulgaria? Why visit Bulgaria? Bulgaria is a beautiful country, with majestic mountains, sandy beaches, picturesque villages, good food, and hospitable people. And, it's incredibly affordable.
If you don't know anything about Bulgaria, here are ten reasons you should visit.
1. Roses - Bulgarian roses are not only stunningly beautiful, but a major export item as well. The petals reportedly produce as much as 85% of the world's rose oil, an essential ingredient in the production of perfumes....
The coins, dating from the 3rd century A.C., have images of a number of Roman Emperors or different Gods.
They are extremely well-preserved, meaning they have not been in circulation, experts say.
The coins were located in an ancient hiding place and were a real treasure for this period with their owner being a very wealthy man, they further explain, adding the hiding place in the floor showed the said owner had intentions to get them back at some point, but was prevented, most likely...