Location of Kardzhali Province in Bulgaria
|• Governor||Ivanka Taushanova|
|• Total||3,209 km2 (1,239 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2011)|
|• Density||48/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Kardzhali Province (Bulgarian: Област Кърджали, Oblast Kardzhali, Turkish: Kırcaali İli) is a province of southern Bulgaria, neighbouring Greece with the Greek regional units of Xanthi, Rhodope and Evros to the south and east. Kardzhali Province area is 3209.1 km². Its main city is Kardzhali.
The territory of Kardzhali province was acquired by Bulgaria during the First Balkan War in 1912. In 1913 the region was organized as the district (окръг, okrag in Bulgarian) of Mestanli. This district was part of Stara Zagora province from 1934 until 1949, then it was transferred to the newly formed Haskovo district. In 1959 Kardzhali became the center of a new district with similar borders to the current province. Between 1987 and 1999, the region was part of Haskovo Province, after which it was restored, now as a province and with slightly changed borders.
The Kardzhali province (област, oblast) contains seven municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population as of 2009.
Towns and villages
|This section requires expansion. (June 2009)|
The population data and figures are of December 15, 2004
The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:
|Sources: National Statistical Institute, „Census 2001“, „Census 2011“, „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??|
A further 22,000 persons in the province did not declare their ethnic group at the 2011 census.
In the 2001 census, 158,704 people of the population of 164,019 of Karzhali Province identified themselves as belonging to one of the following ethnic groups (with percentage of total population):
In the 2001 census, 160,167 people of the population of 164,019 of Karzhali Province identified one of the following as their mother tongue (with percentage of total population):
- 101,548 Turkish ( 61.9%)
- 57,046 Bulgarian ( 34.8%)
- 1,171 Roma (Gypsy) ( 0.7%)
- 402 other ( 0.2%).
According to the 2011 census, Muslims are 82,227 (70,14% of the answered) and the Orthodox are 23,916 (20,4% of the answered). The Muslims' figure is made up of Turks and of significant part by Muslim Bulgarians, though the Orthodox are the majority among the Bulgarians in the province.
|Religion not mentioned||14,180||8.6%|
- http://www.visittobulgaria.com/visit/dir.asp?d=0-8-Ardino History of Ardino
- (Bulgarian) Population Chart, 15.03.2009 from Bulgarian Directorate General: Civil Registration and Administrative Services
- (Bulgarian) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - 2011 census
- (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
- (Bulgarian) Population by 01.02.2011 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Preliminary results of Census 2011
- (Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
- Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
- (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by District and Ethnic Group from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
- (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by District and Mother Tongue from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
- (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001
- Provinces of Bulgaria
- Municipalities of Bulgaria
- List of cities and towns in Bulgaria
- List of villages in Kardzhali Province
|Smolyan Province||Haskovo Province|