• Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that has not changed its name since it was first established. This happened in 681 AD.
• In 2014 the biggest ancient brail of suspected vampires was unearthed by archaeologists. After all Dracula did pass through Bulgaria according to Bram Stoker.
Food and health:
• Bulgarian yogurt is in fact more famous than Greek yogurt, although maybe not in marketing terms. Next time you buy a Greek style yogurt from the supermarket check for Lactobacillus bulgaricus in the ingredients. This is the bacteria making the milk into yogurt.
• Bulgaria is the country with the highest number of natural mineral springs in Continental Europe – over 600
• The famous Bulgarian rose oil is used for making some of the world’s most popular and expensive perfumes. One gram rose oil is produced out of 1000 rose blossoms. Chances are that perfume in your luggage has Bulgraian rose oil in it.
Computers and Technology:
• The famous Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has a Bulgarian origin and he is named after his Bulgarian grandfather – Marko. His grandfather has emigrated from Bulgaria in 1940.
• One of the first electronic computers in the world was created by a Bulgarian. In the period 1937 – 1942 John Atanasoff, a scientist of Bulgarian descent, together with Clifford Berry, an American inventor working for the University of Iowa, designed and developed the first electronic digital computing device.
• The first digital wristwatch was also invented by a Bulgarian. His name is Peter Petroff.
• Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the highest capital city in Europe – at 900m above the sea level. It is also the only big city in Europe that lies just 15 minutes away from an imposing mountain – Vitosha. Cherni Vrah (Black Peak – 2290 m) is its highest peak.
• The Bulgarian national football team finished fourth in the 1994 World Cup. Their best footballer, Hristo Stoichkov, finished the tournament as a top scorer, netting six goals in seven games. Later that year, he also went on to become the first Bulgarian player to win the Ballon d’Or. The national team has not been finding it easy to live up to the expectations ever since. A bit like the 1966 England victory.