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Since 1999, Bulgariamarker has been divided into 28 provinces ( , oblasti; singular област, oblast; also translated as "region") which correspond approximately to the 28 okrugs (districts) that existed before 1987. From 1987 until 1999, beginning with the Communist administration of Todor Zhivkov, the okrugs were consolidated into nine larger oblasts.

Each oblast is named after its capital. In the case of Sofia Oblastmarker and Sofia City, Sofiamarker is the capital of both provinces, but its territory is only included in Sofia City.

The provinces are further subdivided into 260 municipalities (община, obshtina).

Province Population (2005) Population growth (2004/2005) Land area (km²) Population density (/km²) Municipalities
Blagoevgradmarker 334,907 -0.8% 6,478 51.70 14 Burgasmarker 418,925 -0.2% 7,618 55.00 13

Dobrichmarker 206,893 -0.8% 4,700 44.02 8 Gabrovomarker 135,780 -1.2% 2,053 66.96 4 Haskovomarker 268,335 -0.7% 4,033 66.53 11 Kardzhalimarker 159,878 -0.7% 4,032 39.65 6 Kyustendilmarker 154,468 -1.2% 3,027 51.03 9 Lovechmarker 159,214 -1.3% 4,134 38.99 8 Montanamarker 166,775 -2.0% 3,595 47.35 11 Pazardzhikmarker 300,092 -1.0% 4,393 68.31 11 Pernikmarker 142,251 -1.3% 2,377 59.84 6 Plevenmarker 305,025 -1.5% 4,216 73.64 11 Plovdivmarker 707,570 -0.2% 5,973 118 18 Razgradmarker 140,743 -1.0% 2,648 53.15 7 Rusemarker 256,835 -0.7% 2,616 99.07 8 Shumenmarker 199,577 -0.6% 3,365 59.31 10 Silistramarker 135,701 -1.3% 2,862 47.41 7 Slivenmarker 211,005 -1.0% 3,646 47.41 4 Smolyanmarker 133,015 -1.5% 3,532 37.66 10 Sofia marker 1,231,622 +1.0% 1,349 913 24 Sofia marker 262,032 -1.1% 7,277 36.01 22 Stara Zagoramarker 362,090 -0.5% 4,959 73.02 11 Targovishtemarker 136,806 -1.0% 2,735 50.02 5 Varnamarker 457,922 -0.1% 3,819 120 12 Veliko Tarnovomarker 283,599 -0.5% 4,684 60.99 10 Vidinmarker 117,809 -2.0% 3,071 39.11 11 Vratsamarker 209,124 -1.7% 4,098 51.89 10 Yambolmarker 147,906 -1.1% 4,209 35.14 5


History

In 1987, the then-existing twenty-eight okrugs were transformed into nine large oblasts. In 1999, the old okrugs were restored, but the name "oblast" was kept. The nine large oblasts are listed below, along with the pre-1987 okrugs or post-1999 oblasts comprising them.
1987-1999

oblasts
Comprising Burgas Burgas, Sliven, Yambol Haskovo Haskovo, Kardzhali, Stara Zagora Lovech Gabrovo, Lovech, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo Montana Montana, Vidin, Vratsa Plovdiv Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan Razgrad Razgrad, Ruse, Silistra, Targovishte Sofia Sofia City Sofia Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Pernik, Sofia Varna Dobrich, Shumen, Varna


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