owain wrote:It's the South West,Blagoevgrad/Sandanski area that has closer ties to Greece, it's all historically the Macedonian Region .The Customs aren't a problem, both the Greek & Bulgarian Control work together in the border.They only ever stop people when they really suspect or know something is 'not right'. I go through regularly, never a problem.
The South & South East is considered a Muslim Pomak region and they have closer ties to Turkey and you don't see that many Greeks in the region, they tend just to use the Border there to drive to Bansko for the skiing.
owain wrote:Hi MIK,
There is bribery and corruption and each region does have it's Mafia but it's not like it is in Italy. Foreigners are welcome in Bulgaria and will generally have less problems.
If you're just coming to live in Bulgaria, corruption isn't really something that will effect you, you wont be harassed by corrupt police or officials, you probably wont ever encounter any corruption personally.
If you're coming here for business purposes, you may encounter corruption but this will be in the form of bribes just to 'oil the cogs'. Again, it's not like Italy where you can't do anything without the Mafia and corrupt officials on your back. Everyone knows the corruption and organised crime is going on here but it goes on more in the background here rather than in your face every day.
Mat wrote:Presumably he's Greek and thus presumably the annoying customs are those related to the FYROMians calling themselves Macedonians and co-opting Greek cultural icons as they don't have any of their own.
Samche wrote:Mat wrote:Presumably he's Greek and thus presumably the annoying customs are those related to the FYROMians calling themselves Macedonians and co-opting Greek cultural icons as they don't have any of their own.
Would love to know more.
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