Blagoevgrad Province

Coordinates: 41°45′N 23°15′E / 41.750°N 23.250°E / 41.750; 23.250
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41°45′N 23°15′E / 41.750°N 23.250°E / 41.750; 23.250

Blagoevgrad Province
Област Благоевград
Location of Blagoevgrad Province in Bulgaria
Location of Blagoevgrad Province in Bulgaria
 • Total6,449.47 km2 (2,490.15 sq mi)
555 m (1,821 ft)
 (Census February 2011)
 • Total323,552
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
License plateE

Blagoevgrad Province is a province (oblast) of southwestern Bulgaria. The administrative centre is Blagoevgrad.

The province has 14 municipalities with 12 towns. Significant towns include Bansko, Gotse Delchev, Melnik, Petrich, Razlog, Sandanski, and Simitli.

There are several mountains, or parts of mountains, in the province. These are Rila, Pirin, the Rhodopes, Slavyanka, Belasitsa, Vlahina, Maleshevo, Ograzhden and Stargach. There are two major rivers, Struma River and Mesta River.

Municipalities[change | change source]

Map of Blagoevgrad Province showing the municipal subdivisions and centres

The Blagoevgrad province has 14 municipalities. The following table shows the names of each municipality, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of 2011.

Municipality Pop. Town/Village Pop.
Bansko 13,125 Bansko 8,562
Belitsa 9,927 Belitsa 3,362
Blagoevgrad 77,441 Blagoevgrad 70,881
Garmen 14,981 Garmen 1,982
Gotse Delchev 31,236 Gotse Delchev 19,219
Hadzhidimovo 10,091 Hadzhidimovo 2,730
Kresna 5,441 Kresna 3,470
Petrich 54,006 Petrich 28,902
Razlog 20,598 Razlog 11,960
Sandanski 40,470 Sandanski 26,472
Satovcha 15,444 Satovcha 2,434
Simitli 14,283 Simitli 6,674
Strumyani 5,778 Strumyani 998
Yakoruda 10,731 Yakoruda 5,792

Notable people from Blagoevgrad Province[change | change source]

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