Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea
coastline, rivers, including the Danube, and a mountainous interior. A
cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman and Persian influences,
it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes and crafts.
At the foot of domed Vitosha Mountain is its capital, Sofia, dating to
the 5th century B.C.E. Bulgaria
– 7.4 million inhabitants)
is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and
Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea
to the east.