Provinces of Bulgaria
|Provinces of Bulgaria|
Oбласти на България (Bulgarian)
|Location||Republic of Bulgaria|
|Number||28 (as of 1999)|
|Populations||101,018 (Vidin) – 1,291,591 (Sofia City)|
|Areas||1,348.90 km2 (520.81 sq mi) (Sofia City)– 7,748.07 km2 (2,991.55 sq mi) (Burgas)|
Since 1999, Bulgaria has been divided into 28 provinces (Bulgarian: области – oblasti; singular: област – oblast; also translated as "regions") which correspond approximately to the 28 districts (in Bulgarian: окръг – okrǎg, plural: окръзи – okrǎzi), that existed before 1987.
The provinces are further subdivided into 265 municipalities (singular: община – obshtina, plural: общини – obshtini).
Sofia – the capital city of Bulgaria and the largest settlement in the country – is the administrative centre of both Sofia Province and Sofia City Province (Sofia-grad). The capital is included (together with three other cities plus 34 villages) in Sofia Capital Municipality (over 90% of whose population lives in Sofia), which is the sole municipality comprising Sofia City province.