Silistra Province

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Coordinates: 43°55′N 27°10′E / 43.917°N 27.167°E / 43.917; 27.167

Silistra Province
Област Силистра
Province
Location of  in Bulgaria
Location of in Bulgaria
Country Bulgaria
Capital Silistra
Municipalities 7
Area[1]
 • Total 2,846.3 km2 (1,099.0 sq mi)
Population (February 2011)[2][3][4]
 • Total 119 474
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate CC
Website ss.government.bg

Silistra Province (Bulgarian: Област Силистра, transliterated Oblast Silistra, former name Silistra okrug) is a province of Bulgaria, named after its main city - Silistra. It is divided into seven municipalities with a total population, as of December 2009, of 127,659.[2][3][4]

Silistra Province is a traditionally agricultural province, mainly because of its fertile soil. The province is known for its pelicans and apricot brandy.

Besides the administrative centre, other municipalities are Alfatar, Dulovo, Glavinitsa, Kaynardzha, Sitovo, and Tutrakan.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipalities within Silistra Province with their administrative centres

The Silistra Province contains 7 municipalities (Bulgarian: singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: oбщини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009.

Municipality Cyrillic Pop.[2][3][4] Town/Village Pop.[3][5][6]
Alfatar Алфатар 3,324 Alfatar 1,714
Glavinitsa Главиница 12,610 Glavinitsa 1,928
Dulovo Дулово 28,860 Dulovo 6,621
Kaynardzha Кайнарджа 5,250 Kaynardzha 783
Silistra Силистра 54,885 Silistra 37,837
Sitovo Ситово 5,810 Sitovo 847
Tutrakan Тутракан 16,920 Tutrakan 9,476

Population[edit]

The Silistra province had a population of 142,000 according to a 2001 census, of which 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female.[7] As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 127,659[2] of which 25.6% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[8]

The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II:

Silistra Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 152,287 163,572 170,442 175,754 174,122 161,063 142,000 134,897 131,798 127,659 119,474
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[2] „Census 2001“,[3] „Census 2011“,[4] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

Ethnic groups[edit]

Ethnic groups in Silistra Province (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
Bulgarians
  
57.4%
Turks
  
36.1%
Gypsies
  
5.1%
others and indefinable
  
1.4%

Total population (2011 census): 119 474[9]

Ethnic groups (2011 census):[10] Identified themselves: 111 590 persons:

  • Bulgarians: 64 050 ( 57,40 % )
  • Turks: 40 272 ( 36,09 % )
  • Gypsies: 5 697 ( 5,11 % )
  • Others and indefinable: 1 571 ( 1,41 % )

Religion[edit]

Religions in Silistra Province (2001 census)
Religious group Percentage
Orthodox Christian
  
59.1%
Muslim
  
38.2%
Protestant Christian
  
0.2%
Roman Catholic Christian
  
0.1%
others and indefinable
  
2.4%

Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census:[11]

Census 2001
religious adherence population  %
Orthodox Christians 83,969 59.13%
Muslims 54,174 38.15%
Protestants 303 0.21%
Roman Catholics 196 0.14%
Other 553 0.39%
Religion not mentioned 2,805 1.98%
total 142,000 100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (English) Bulgarian Provinces area and population 1999 — National Center for Regional Development — page 90-91
  2. ^ a b c d e (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
  4. ^ a b c d „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  5. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009
  6. ^ „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  7. ^ (Bulgarian) Population to 01.03.2001 by Area and Sex from Bulgarian National Statistical Institute: Census 2001
  8. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Population by age in 2009
  9. ^ (Bulgarian) Population on 01.02.2011 by provinces, municipalities, settlements and age; National Statistical Institute
  10. ^ Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute (Bulgarian)
  11. ^ (Bulgarian) Religious adherence in Bulgaria - census 2001