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Encyclopedia > Vratsa Province
Vratsa Province
Област Враца
Map of Bulgaria, Vratsa Province is indicated
Capital Vratsa
Population 235,189
Area 3,621.8 km²
License plate province code BP
Time zone EET
(UTC+2; UTC+3 in summer)

Vratsa is a province of north western Bulgaria, neighbouring Romania. Its main city is Vratsa, while other towns include Byala Slatina, Kozloduy, Krivodol, Mezdra, Mizia, Oryahovo and Roman. Image File history File links Oblast_Vratsa. ... Vratsa or Vraca or Vratza (Bulgarian: Враца) is a city in northwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan mountains. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A Bulgarian license plate from the city of Sofia A Dobrich Province license plate The standard Bulgarian license plates consist of a blue vertical strip (the European strip) on the left side of the plate containing the flag of Bulgaria and the country code of Bulgaria (BG), always followed on... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries not observing daylight saving Eastern European Time (EET) is one of the names of UTC+2 time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... ... Eastern European Time Central Africa Time Israel Standard Time South Africa Standard Time Central European Summer Time West Africa Summer Time Category: ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A province is a territorial unit, almost always a country subdivision. ... Vratsa or Vraca or Vratza (Bulgarian: Враца) is a city in northwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan mountains. ... Byala Slatina (Bulgarian Бяла Слатина) is a town in Northwestern Bulgaria. ... Kozloduy (Козлодуй) is a town of 13,871 inhabitants in northwestern Bulgaria, located in Vratsa Province, on the river Danube. ... Mezdra (Bulgarian: ) is a town in northwestern Bulgaria, part of Vratsa Province. ... Miziya (Мизия) is a town and municipality in northern Bulgaria near the Danube river, in Vratsa Province. ... Oryahovo (Оряхово) is a port city in northwestern Bulgaria, part of Vratsa Province. ... The Romans adopted the external language of classical Greek architecture for their own purposes, which were so different from Greek buildings as to create a new architectural style. ...


The region is bordered to the north by the Danube, and to the south by Sofia Province. It has an area of 3,621.8 km². The population of 235,189 inhabitants is distributed over 10 municipalities. The Danube (ancient Danuvius, ancient Greek Istros) is the longest river of the European Union and Europes second-longest[3] (after the Volga). ... Sofia province shown within Bulgaria Sofia Province is a province (oblast) of Bulgaria. ...

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Infrastructure

Gas, water, electricity and telecommunications

Image:Skaklia.jpg
The Skaklya waterfall, situated above Vratsa

The regional road system consists of 1277 km of the republican road system. Predominating are the 4th class roads. Their maintenance and control are under the responsibilities of the municipalities. The rehabilitation of these roads is a priority of the regional policy. Mezdra is a key railway station connecting the major cities in Bulgaria. The passenger's transport is ensured by 116 buses and 26 trolleys. The telecommunication network consists of 4 regional post stations - Vratsa, Byala Slatina, Mezdra and Kozloduy, and 116 local post offices. They offer universal post services including express mail and international courier services EMS, SKYPAK and DHL. In the town of Vratsa there are branch offices of Mobiltel, Globul and Vivatel. The water supply system was envisaged to be improved and sewerage was mostly built, but there is a program for modernization all over the province, including the smaller villages. The nuclear power plant in Kozloduy, in the northern part of the province, is the major supplier of electricity in Bulgaria. Vratsa or Vraca or Vratza (Bulgarian: Враца) is a city in northwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan mountains. ... Byala Slatina (Bulgarian Бяла Слатина) is a town in Northwestern Bulgaria. ... Mezdra (Bulgarian: ) is a town in northwestern Bulgaria, part of Vratsa Province. ... Kozloduy (Козлодуй) is a town of 13,871 inhabitants in northwestern Bulgaria, located in Vratsa Province, on the river Danube. ... EMS or Ems may refer to: // E. M. S. Namboodiripad, for many years General Secretary of the Communist Party of India and the first Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. ... A DHL Boeing 757 A DHL Sprinter van DHL Boat in Venice DHL Truck in Singapore DHL boat in Amsterdam, carrying DHL bicycles aboard DHL is a Deutsche Post company that provides international shipping of documents and freight as well as contract logistics. ... The current M-tel logo Mobiltel, often simply M-tel, is the first and largest 2G GSM operator in Bulgaria, founded in 1994. ...


Roads, railroads and airports

The administrative capital of the province is Vratsa in the southern parts, about 116 km from Sofia. The distance to the major cities is as follows: Vratsa - Varna 414 km, Vratsa - Plovdiv 217km; Vratsa - Pleven 108 km; Vratsa - Burgas 416 km. The international road E79 passes through the province. The major European port and ferry complex Oryahovo-Bechet, on the river Danube, is situated in Oryahovo municipality. Position of Sofia in Bulgaria Coordinates: Country Bulgaria Province Sofia-City Mayor Boyko Borisov Area    - City 1,310 km²  - Land (?) km²  - Water (?) km² Elevation 550 m Population (15 September 2006)  - City 1,246,791  - Density 907/km²  - Metro 1,377,761 Time zone EET (UTC+2)  - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC... Plovdiv (Bulgarian: ; Thracian: Evmolpia, Pulpudeva; Greek: / Philippoupoli, Philippoupolis; Turkish: ) is the second-largest city in Bulgaria, after Sofia, with a population of 341,873([1]). It is the administrative centre of Plovdiv Province in southern Bulgaria, as well as the largest and most important city of the historical region of... Pleven (Bulgarian: Плевен , known as Plevna in English in some historical documents) is the seventh most populated town in Bulgaria. ... Burgas (also transliterated as Bourgas; Bulgarian: Бургас) is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. ... Oryahovo (Оряхово) is a port city in northwestern Bulgaria, part of Vratsa Province. ... Bechet is a city in Dolj County, Oltenia, Romania, on the river Danube, opposite the Bulgarian city of Oryahovo. ...


Workforce

The economically active population is 48,892, employed as follows: in the services sector - 27,685, in the industry - 19,020, in the agriculture - 2,187. The population has increased since the year 2000, and are mostly in private labour employment. The rate of unemployment is higher than the Bulgarian average, and the aim of the provincial policy is to implement programs to resolve this problem. The labour force distribution in the basic economic sectors is the following - in the industry - 38.9%, in the agriculture - 4.5 % and in services - 56.6%. The decrease of the number and relative share of the employees in the public sector is matched by an increase in the private sector. The proportion of workforce in state and private sectors is 44.2 % to 55.8%. The higher level of education stipulates a higher employment rate. In the province predominates the number of employees of secondary education. On the labour market, the number of specialists of higher education decreases in favour of those without education. The average salary level for the province is 297 levs. The Lev (lv) (Bulgarian: лев, plural - лева, левове (leva)) is the currency of Bulgaria. ...


Current priority industry sectors

The natural peculiarities of Vratsa Province contribute to the development of agriculture, lumber industry and electricity production. Major companies are the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, of national importance; Chimco AD - fertilizer factory, Beloizvorski cement - cement factory and brewery; Ledenika AD - joint stock company; Centromet AD - centrifugal casting; Vratitsa LTD - yarns, raw and finished fabrics, sewing articles; OMK Holding - machining and machinery, tooling equipment, foundry, special production; Hemus-M AD - limestone, slabs, tiles, blocks, columns; Sunnytex AD - production of household linen, weaving etc.; Metizi AD - steel wires, ropes and their products, spare parts; Variana LTD - concrete articles, greyiron cast, metal safes; Enemona Holding - civil engineering.


Sectors for development

The main projects are related to the development of the transport infrastructure, water supply and sewerage, agriculture - vegetables, cattle breeding, silk-worm breeding, mushroom cultivation, development and strengthening of the existing industrial plants, development of alternative forms of tourism - rural, ecotourism, cultural, religious, spaeology, mountaineering, hang gliding etc. The long-term strategy for the regional economy is to promote small and medium enterprises as an alternative way to develop the industry.


Schools, universities and job training

Because of the close distance to the capital Sofia (site of the main universities in Bulgaria), only one local centre of New Bulgarian University, one pedagogical college - branch of the Veliko Tarnovo University and one medical college exist in the province. The vocational schools have their main disciplines mostly in agricultural techniques, mechanics and electrotechnics, chemical technologies, civil engineering and construction, language school and mathematical secondary school. The total number of primary schools in the province is 54, 14 of them situated in the municipality of Vratsa and all state-owned. There is only one private school, Europe Schools for English Language and Management. The main university building The St. ...


Financial institutions

At present, there are 15 branches of Bulgarian banks. The insurance companies have their 12 branches in the province.


Hospitals

The medical services are provided in 6 hospitals - 2 of them in the main city of the province, Vratsa. As a result of the reforms in health care, there are also private medical services available, as well as stomatological services.


Culture, recreation and resources

Three hotels are available within the province - Valdi Palace, Hotel Tourist in the town and Vratsa, and Hotel Istar in the town of Kozloduy. In the surroundings of Vratsa - 12 kilometres inside the mountain there is a modern centre for recreation with facilities such as sauna, fitness suite and others. Within the territory of the province is the Vrachanski Balkan Natural Park that offers excellent opportunities for recreation; there is Vrachanski Karst reserve, the cave Ledenika of international importance, and the Vratsa Gorge near the town of Vratsa. The interior of Ledenika Ledenika (Леденика) is a cave in the northwestern parts of Stara Planina, 16 km from the Bulgarian town of Vratsa, the entrance being at 830 m above sea level. ...


Places to visit

The following protected natural attractions and historical monuments are located on the territory of the State Forestry Board Vratsa:

  • Vrachanski Karst reserve - including the beautiful rocky forms of the Vratsa Mountain
  • The Natural Park Vrachanski Balkan - covers part of the State Forestry territory of the Stara Planina mountain
  • Ledenika cave, a national tourist attraction
  • Ponora cave in the region of Chiren village
  • Vratsata gourge of the Leva river by the town of Vratsa
  • The Gods Bridges - a natural rocky bridge and the karst spring in the Lilyache village region
  • Borovanska mogila - an ancient Thracian fortress
  • Botev pat memorial
  • The highest waterfall Skaklya, with a height of 141 metres.

The interior of Ledenika Ledenika (Леденика) is a cave in the northwestern parts of Stara Planina, 16 km from the Bulgarian town of Vratsa, the entrance being at 830 m above sea level. ...

External links

  • Pictures from the cave Ledenika near Vratsa
  • Cities and villages in Vratsa Province
  • Vratsa Information


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