The heart of the Thracian culture

The Plovdiv region is located in the south-central part of Bulgaria. The city, after which the region is named, is the second biggest in the country.


Plovdiv, the city, has been inhabited for over 6 millenniums. Archeological findings suggest Plovdiv was originally a Thracian city (around 4000 BC). The Thracian's successors were Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and the Ottoman Empire. Plovdiv is often called "The City of the Seven Hills", some of which are 250 meters high.


Plovdiv is abundant with ancient landmarks - a Roman theatre, Roman odeon, Roman stadium, and others.


The region's economy is one of the fastest growing in the country. The traditionally agricultural region is now an industrial giant. Tourism of the region is also well-developed, thanks to mineral spas and a rich cultural heritage. 


Regional stories

The Deadliest Days on the Bulgarian Roads
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

According to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria 660 people were killed and 8639 injured in total of 7018 road accidents in 2014 on the Bulgarian roads. NSI is claiming that the number of people killed increased by 9,8% from 2013 to 2014. July and September were the deadliest months with 13% and 11,2% deaths of the year's total.

Most car accidents (1,299) happened in the capital city - Sofia. The second and third place on the list of regions with the most accidents are regions of the Bulgarian biggest cities - Plovdiv (944) and Varna (710). 


Rural Areas Healthcare in Balkans
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Rural medicine is an interdisciplinary field of health care in rural areas. It incorporates a number of fields such as sociology, midwifery, nursing and economics.

Health care and need of the rural population differs from urban in many ways. Rural residents are usually pooper than the urban, and more likely to live under the poverty level line. This directly affects their lifestyle. Also, rural population usually consists of fewer working-age population. The health care needs of the children and the elderly differ significantly from those of the working age population. 

According to the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria and...