Serbs in Bulgaria

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Serbs in Bulgaria
Срби у Бугарској
Сърби в България
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Total population


569 Serbian citizens in Bulgaria (2011)
Serbian, Bulgarian
Eastern Orthodox
Related ethnic groups

There are some 569 Serbian citizens in Bulgaria, while the number of naturalized Bulgarians born in Serbia or those of Serbian ethnicity is unknown. There are many Serbian athletes that have expatriated to Bulgaria in the last decade.


  • According to a 2006 Bulgarian government publication, the total number of Serbian citizens living in Bulgaria was 422.[1]
  • 2011 Bulgarian census registered 569 Serbian citizens living in Bulgaria.[2]

According to the Serbian newspaper Glas Javnosti, there were 1500 Serbs in Bulgaria in 2010, mainly in Sofia.[3]


Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180) settled Serbs around Sofia.[4]

In the 1880 Bulgarian census, in which native language was registered, the following Districts had a notable number of Serbian-speakers:

  • Vidin District: 1260, 1.2% of the total[5]
    • Kula Subdistrict: 1083, 3.5%;[6] Brakevtsi, Brakevtsi municipality: 1067 (majority)
    • Vidin Subdistrict: 165, 0.4%[6]
  • Sofia District: 258, 0.2%[5]
    • Sofia Subdistrict: 243, 0.5%[6]


Historical settlements
  • Brakevtsi (Bulgarian: Бракевци). Brakevtsi was located in the district of Vidin between 1878 and 1919. According to the first Bulgarian census of 1880, the village was the only settlement in Bulgaria with a majority of native speakers of Serbian.[6] In fact, most of those recorded in the census as having Serbian as a native language lived in Brakevtsi (1067 out of 1894 people in the whole of Bulgaria).[5] According to the Bulgarian writer Anton Strashimirov, the village was settled by Serbs from the region of Kopaonik at the beginning of the 19th century, after many of the local Bulgarians had emigrated to Bessarabia.[7] By the provisions of the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine Brakevtsi was ceded to Serbia where it is known as Braćevac (Serbian: Браћевац). Today it is part of the municipality of Negotin in Bor District.


In 1999, an organization of "Bulgarian Serbs" was formed, but broke up soon after that.[8] In 2010 an Association of the Serbs in Bulgaria was set up.[9]


  • Đoko Rosić (b. 1932), Serbian-born Bulgarian actor. Serbian father and Bulgarian mother.
  • Zlatomir Zagorčić (b. 1971), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer, now coach. Played for the Bulgarian national team 1998–2004.
  • Predrag Pažin (b. 1973), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer, now coach. Played for the Bulgarian national team 2000–2004.
  • Zoran Janković (b. 1974), naturalized Bulgarian former footballer. Played for the Bulgarian national team 2002–2007.
  • Ivan Čvorović (b. 1985), naturalized Bulgarian footballer, playing for the Bulgarian national team
  • Majstor Miro (Майстор Миро), chef[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ethnic minority groups
  2. ^ 2011 Population census in the republic of Bulgaria, p.23
  3. ^ Bozhidar Dimitrov and Srdjan Sreckovic have discussed the situation of the Serbs in Bulgaria
  4. ^ Hungary and the Fall of Eastern Europe 1000-1568, p. 16 "John Comnenus also settled Serbian prisoners as stratioti military colonists around Izmit, while Manuel Comnenus similarly settled Serbs around Sofia."
  5. ^ a b c General results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, p.11 (Bulgarian) (French)
  6. ^ a b c d Final results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, pp.198 and 286 (Bulgarian) (French)
  7. ^ Anton Strashimirov, 1918, A book about the Bulgarians, About the Shopi
  8. ^
  9. ^ Ekonom:east Media Group, 09. June 2010, Sreckovic on status of Serbs in Bulgaria
  10. ^