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Pirdop ( ) is a town located in South-West Bulgariamarker of Sofia Provincemarker in the southeastern part of the Zlatitsamarker - Pirdop Valley at 670 m above sea level. It is surrounded by the Balkan Range (also known as the Stara Planina) to the north, Sredna Goramarker Mountain to the south, and Koznitsa and Galabets saddles to the east and west, respectively. The town has a population of 8,040.


The main economic activity is non-ferrous metallurgy. The Pirdop copper smelter and refinery is the biggest in the Balkans and whole of South-Eastern Europe. It was privatized in in 1997 for $80,000,000 and is now owned by the Germanmarker Aurubis. It has a capacity of 160,000 tons and additional capacity of 180,000 tons worth €82,000,000 is being built. The factory also produces 830,000 tons of sulphuric acid and employs 1,420 workers.


Pirdop is a centre of a small municipality with 9,460 inhabitants. The territory of the municipality is crossed by main road I -6 Sofiamarker - Bourgasmarker, which is a part of the Republican road network, as well as by the Sub-Balkan railway line to Bourgasmarker. The municipality consists of municipal center town of Pirdop and the village of Dushantsimarker. The town is the center of tourist routes to the Balkan Range and Sredna Goramarker Mountain. There are some mountain huts conveniently located and equipped for visits. There are convenient roads leading to Doushantsi Dam Lake, Koufarita Bridge, the localities of Borova Gora, Bobyovitsa, Elensko and Kazanite, and others. Doushantsi Dam Lake on the Topolnitsa Rivermarker is one of the most beautiful mountainous water reservoirs in Bulgariamarker. Although the accommodation facilities are insufficient, there are good opportunities for short vacations for recreation and sports fishing. There are also good conditions for water sports and attractions.


Pirdop Gate on Livingston Islandmarker in the South Shetland Islandsmarker, Antarcticamarker is named after Pirdop.


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