Severen Tsentralen Planning Region

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Coordinates: 43°15′N 26°0′E / 43.250°N 26.000°E / 43.250; 26.000

Severen Tsentralen Planning Region
Северен централен район за планиране
Planning region
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Country  Bulgaria
Seat Ruse
Area[1]
 • Total 14,974.0 km2 (5,781.5 sq mi)
Population (2008)[2]
 • Total 928,000
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
NUTS code BG32
GDP per capita (PPS) €7,500 (2008)[3]

Severen Tsentralen Planning Region (Bulgarian: Северен централен район за планиране) is a planning region of Bulgaria, encompassing five Bulgarian provinces: Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Targovishte and Razgrad.

The region is mostly inhabited by Bulgarians, Turkish and Romani people. Its largest cities are Ruse (population 175,000), Gabrovo (67,000) and Veliko Tarnovo (100,000, including hinterland).

Severen Tsentralen is one of the least developed regions of Europe. Its main economic centre is Ruse, Bulgaria's largest fluvial port.

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