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Bulgarian Regions - a guide

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:09 am
by leedarkwood
One confusing thing about looking at house adverts is how the location is described. People get quite upset when a house says it is in Burgas but is about 70 kilometres away from that city. Now I may be wrong but I think this is done to a confusion between cities and regions. Here is a link to a map of Bulgaria showing the main adminstative districts, there are 28 of them, and all named after the principle city.

http://www.picturesofbulgaria.com/region/

So a house 'in' Burgas could be right up near Sliven or down on the Turkish border, don't expect it to be near the city unless it clearly says so! Each region is further devided into municipalities, and it would help if you find out which municipality you are interested in, here is a site that will help with this. http://www.guide-bulgaria.com/SE/Bourgas/

As you will see, in the South West of Bulgaria for example there are three districts, Burgas, Sliven and Yambol, and in Burgas there are 13 municipalities. Some but not all municapalities have websites here
http://bulgaria.domino.bg/municipal_e.htm

The district has a Governer, and the municipality has a Mayor. If you know the name of the municipality, this site will give you contact details for the Mayor, but I don't know how up to date this is.

http://www.flgr.bg/?act=munic&cid=&cate ... id=&lang=1

The district (rather like our countries) is called an Oblast, not sure of the Bulgarian for the municipality, but the mayor is the Kmet.

Lee

Re: Bulgarian Regions - a guide

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:18 am
by BlackleyDynamo
leedarkwood wrote:not sure of the Bulgarian for the municipality


Obshtina?

Re: Bulgarian Regions - a guide

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:35 am
by Newlady
leedarkwood wrote:
The district has a Governer, and the municipality has a Mayor. If you know the name of the municipality, this site will give you contact details for the Mayor, but I don't know how up to date this is.

http://www.flgr.bg/?act=munic&cid=&cate ... id=&lang=1

The district (rather like our countries) is called an Oblast, not sure of the Bulgarian for the municipality, but the mayor is the Kmet.

Lee


Sorry if this is a stoopid one, but if the municipality has a mayor ( the knet) do all the villages have their own as well? If so what are these people called? We seemed to meet an awful lot of mayors - I mean many not horrid!!!!

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:57 pm
by eurobase
A very informative topic + links, Lee.

Well done & pre-empted!!

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:15 pm
by hrisvas
to Newlady

Every village has a mayor but not all of them are elected (only if there are more than 500 villagers, I think). If the villages are really small, the mayors are appointed by the mayor of the municipality and are called "kmetski namestnik"- but practically they are also called "kmet" [/quote]

Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:13 am
by margarita
Hi ,
you can try www.bgmaps.com.

When you type the name of the village with latin or cyrilic letters it gives you the location of all the villages with that name in Bulgaria. If you know the region you can calculate the distance from the bigger towns /cities.

Because of this problem a month ago we started announcing the distance from every property to Burgas.

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:29 am
by skippiebg
Just to get the terminology right:

- the oblast or (a. k. a. "region") is about the size of a British county but is not a unit of local government in the true sense because its staff are all state servants and its leaders are appointed by central government. More like a "province", I suppose, though that's a moniker that hides a multitude of sins around the world...;

- the obshtina (a. k. a. "municipality") is about the size of a British district (in the countryside) or borough (in urban areas) and is genuine local government, with staff that are public servants and officers that are directly elected.