Bulgaria’s population has been in decline since 1988. The country faces a demographic challenge resulting from a high rate of emigration towards other EU countries and from the aging of its remaining population.
The population of Bulgaria has been in decline since 1988 and has continued up to the present day. The most recent census conducted in 2011 revealed that the population of Bulgaria stood at 7.4 million people showing the lowest figures since the 1988 peak when the country was home to 8.98 million. Women in Bulgaria outnumber the men by 2.6%.
It is said that a staggering third of Bulgaria’s inhabitants live in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna which are the largest cities in the country.
There is much concern regarding the population of Bulgaria due to its rapid rate of decrease and reports state that over half a million people left Bulgaria over the last 10 years and over 1.5 million since 1988.This number is gathering pace at an alarming rate.
In addition to the dwindling numbers there is an added problem which Bulgaria is faced with, and that is it’s ageing residents, many located within the countries 5302 villages. More and more villages are being left uninhabited as the older generation pass away.