Area: 42,822 square miles
Languages: Bulgarian is the official language; English is also spoken in major hotels and restaurants, but otherwise infrequently used.
Location: Bulgaria is bordered by Romania, Greece, Turkey, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and the Black Sea.
Geography: Bulgaria lies on the Black Sea in southeastern Europe, on the eastern part of the Balkans, with beautiful beaches on its coastline, the mountainous Balkan Range inland, and the fertile plains of the Danube in the north.
Population (2007 estimate): 7,322,858
Religion: Bulgarian Orthodox 85%, Muslim 13%, Jewish 0.8%, Roman Catholic 0.5%, other 0.7%
Time zone: Bulgaria is on Eastern European Time, seven hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is noon, it is 7pm in Sofia. Daylight Savings time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.