Home to the world's oldest golden art works

Varna province is a region in northeastern Bulgaria, and was named after the city of Varna. The region borders the Black Sea on the east. The coast is mostly hilly, but has several large sand beaches.

Varna Necropolis is a burial site dating from the 5th century BC. It is considered to be the site where the worlds' oldest golden treasure is found.


The economy of the region is mostly service-dependent. Due to its beaches, tourism revenue along with foreign investment make this one of the most economically developed regions in the country. 


Thanks to the Port of Varna and the Airport of Varna, this region is one of Bulgaria's main transportation centers.


Some of the main tourist sites are the Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral, the Golden Sands Nature Park, Varna Aquarium, the Nicolaus Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium, the Dark Hole cave, the oldest Roman thermal bath, and numerous churches. 


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...

Bulgarian Seaside Leading the Patchwork Balkan Tourism Race
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Amongst the many regions of the Patchwork Balkan (NUTS3 regions of Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia) with numerous historical landmarks and major economic impact, Bulgarian seaside regions were the most visited regions by foreigners in 2013. 

Bulgarian coastline is 378 km long. Sandy beaches constitute 130 km of that number. The Balkan Mountains are dividing a coastline into a southern and northern part. The southern part is more popular due to its wide sandy beaches. Two out of four biggest cities in the country are located on the coastline - Burgas and Varna. Besides being tourist destinations, Burgas and Varna are also a major economic centers and seaports. 

Out of three Bulgaria seaside regions - Dobrich, Varna and Burgas, the most visited by the foreigners is Burgas. With more than 6.5 mil nights spent in 2013. Some...