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Bulgaria Population and Religion Percentage

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in Southeast Europe. Bulgaria is the sixteenth-largest country in Europe. According to the National Statistics Institute, as of December 31, 2022, the population of Bulgaria is 6,447,710 persons. and as  per the UN World Population Prospects report,  the estimated population of Bulgaria in 2024 is 6,618,615 (6.6 million)

Population of  Bulgaria in 2024: 6.6 million or 66 lakh

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Bulgaria Demographics

Bulgaria2022
Total Population6,447,710
Global Rank107
Land Area 110,993  sq. km (42,855 sq. mi)
Area Rank103
Pop. Density59 people/sq. km
Capital CitySofia
Fertility Rate* of Bulgaria1.56
Infant mortality rate ** in Bulgaria5.4
Median Age in Bulgaria 44.6 Years
Life Expectancy in Bulgaria75.49 years
Urban Population of Bulgaria73.6 %

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Religion in Bulgaria

Christianity is the majority Religion in Bulgaria, followed by 64.7% of the population. Amon Christians Bulgarian Orthodox Church dominates and  62.7% adhere to it, other denominations are in a very small percentage.

Islam is the second largest religion in Bulgaria, followed by 9.8% of the population. 15.9% of the population doesn’t affiliate with any religion and the other 9.5% have not answered about religion.

Religion percentage in Bulgaria

ReligionPercentage
Christianity64.7%
— Bulgarian Orthodox– 62.7%
— Protestant– 1.1%
— Roman Catholic– 0.6%
— Armenian Apostolic– 0.1%
— Other Christians*– 0.2%
Islam9.8%
Judaism0.03%
Other religions0.1%
Unaffiliated15.9%
Not answered9.5%

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Top Cities in Bulgaria by Population

As of 31.12.2022, 4,746,710, or 73.6% of the total country’s population, reside in urban areas and 1 701,000, or 26.4%, – in rural ones. There are  5256 settlements in Bulgaria by the end of 2022, of which 257 – are towns and 4 999 – villages. There are six towns with a population above 100 thousand persons and 35.0% of the country’s population lives there. 

# City Province Pop. 2021
1 Sofia Sofia-Capital 1,190,172
2 Plovdiv Plovdiv 321,824
3 Varna Varna 311,093
4 Burgas Burgas 188,242
5 Ruse Ruse 123,134
6 Stara Zagora Stara Zagora 121,582
7 Pleven Pleven 90,209
8 Sliven Sliven 79,362
9 Dobrich Dobrich 71,947
10 Shumen Shumen 67,300
11 Pernik Pernik 66,991
12 Haskovo Haskovo 64,564
13 Blagoevgrad Blagoevgrad 62,810
14 Yambol Yambol 60,641
15 Veliko Tarnovo Veliko Tarnovo 59,166
16 Pazardzhik Pazardzhik 55,220
17 Vratsa Vratsa 49,569
18 Asenovgrad Plovdiv 45,474
19 Gabrovo Gabrovo 44,786
20 Kazanlak Kazanlak 41,768
Population of Bulgaria 2024 | Religion in Bulgaria