Vidin Province

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Coordinates: 43°48′N 22°41′E / 43.800°N 22.683°E / 43.800; 22.683

Vidin Province
Област Видин
Province
Location of Vidin Province in Bulgaria
Location of Vidin Province in Bulgaria
Country Bulgaria
Capital Vidin
Municipalities 11
Area
 • Total 3,032.9 km2 (1,171.0 sq mi)
Population (2011 [1][2][3])
 • Total 101,018
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
License plate BH

Vidin Province (Bulgarian: Област Видин) is the northwesternmost province of Bulgaria. It borders Serbia to the west and Romania to the northeast. Its administrative centre is the city of Vidin on the Danube river. The area is divided into 11 municipalities. As of December 2009, the province has a population of 108,067 inhabitants.[1][2][3]

There are remains of many castles, some of which are Baba Vida, one of the last Bulgarian strongholds during the Ottoman invasion and the Belogradchik fortress.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipalities within Vidin Province with their administrative centres

The Vidin Province contains 11 municipalities (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.[1][2][3] Town/Village Pop.[2][4][5][6]
Belogradchik Белоградчик 7,045 Belogradchik 5,334
Boynitsa Бойница 1,717 Boynitsa 595
Bregovo Брегово 6,168 Bregovo 2,592
Vidin Видин 66,126 Vidin 49,471
Gramada Грамада 2,384 Gramada 1,647
Dimovo Димово 7,175 Dimovo 1,211
Kula Кула 4,958 Kula 3,287
Makresh Макреш 1,938 Makresh 473
Novo Selo Ново Село 3,381 Novo Selo 1,144
Ruzhintsi Ружинци 4,890 Ruzhintsi 915
Chuprene Чупрене 2,285 Chuprene 576

Geography[edit]

Baba Vida fortress in Vidin

The territory of the province includes the most western parts of the Danubian Plain and Stara Planina, while the Danube forms the border with Romania. The slopes of Stara Planina are covered with dense forests, lush meadows and boasts the majestic rock phenomena, the Belogradchik Rocks. There are around 80 caves situated close to the border with Serbia, the most famous being the Magura Cave, which known with its cave painting from 10,000 BC. There is also a lake in the proximity of the cave.

Population[edit]

The Belogradchik Rocks

The Vidin province had a population of 130,074 according to a 2001 census, of which 48.4% were male and 51.6% were female.[7] As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 108,067[1] of which 32.6% are inhabitants aged over 60 years.[8]

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

Vidin Province
Year 1946 1956 1965 1975 1985 1992 2001 2005 2007 2009 2011
Population 194,007 188,518 179,429 176,761 166,680 151,636 130,074 117,809 112,604 108,067 101,018
Sources: National Statistical Institute,[1] „Census 2001“,[2] „Census 2011“,[3] „pop-stat.mashke.org“,??

Ethnic groups[edit]

Ethnic groups in Vidin Province (2011 census)
Ethnic group Percentage
Bulgarians
  
91.2%
Gypsies
  
7.7%
others and indefinable
  
1.1%

Total population (2011 census): 101 018[9]

Ethnic groups (2011 census):[10] Identified themselves: 95 126 persons:

  • Bulgarians: 86 802 (91,25%)
  • Gypsies: 7 282 (7,66%)
  • Others and indefinable: 1 042 ( 1,10 % )

Religion[edit]

Religions in Vidin Province (2001 census)
Religious group Percentage
Orthodox Christian
  
96.1%
Protestant Christian
  
0.3%
Roman Catholic Christian
  
0.1%
Muslim
  
0.1%
others and indefinable
  
3.3%

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

Census 2001
religious adherence population  %
Orthodox Christians 125,063 96.15%
Protestants 397 0.31%
Roman Catholics 143 0.11%
Muslims 139 0.11%
Other 602 0.46%
Religion not mentioned 3,730 2.87%
total 130,074 100%

Towns and villages[edit]

The place names in bold have the status of town (in Bulgarian: град, transliterated as grad). Other localities have the status of village (in Bulgarian: село, transliterated as selo). The names of localities are transliterated in Latin alphabet[12] followed in parentheses by the original name in Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet (which links to the corresponding Bulgarian Wikipedia article).

Belogradchik Municipality[edit]

The Belogradchik municipality has one town (in bold) and 17 villages:

Boynitsa Municipality[edit]

Main article: Boynitsa Municipality

The Boynitsa municipality has 9 villages:

Bregovo Municipality[edit]

Main article: Bregovo Municipality

The Bregovo municipality has one town (in bold) and 9 villages:

Vidin Municipality[edit]

Main article: Vidin Municipality

The Vidin municipality has two towns (in bold) and 33 villages:

Gramada Municipality[edit]

Main article: Gramada Municipality

The Gramada municipality has one town (in bold) and 7 villages:

Dimovo Municipality[edit]

Main article: Dimovo Municipality

The Dimovo municipality has one town (in bold) and 22 villages:

Kula Municipality[edit]

The Kula municipality has one town (in bold) and 8 villages:

Makresh Municipality[edit]

Main article: Makresh Municipality

The Makresh municipality has 7 villages:

Novo Selo[edit]

The Novo Selo municipality has 5 villages:

Ruzhintsi Municipality[edit]

The Ruzhintsi municipality has 10 villages:

Chuprene Municipality[edit]

Main article: Chuprene Municipality

The Chuprene municipality has 9 villages:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian provinces and municipalities in 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e (English) „WorldCityPopulation“
  3. ^ a b c d „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  4. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian towns in 2009
  5. ^ „pop-stat.mashke.org“
  6. ^ (English) Bulgarian National Statistical Institute - Bulgarian villages under 1000 inhabitants - December 2009
  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
  12. ^ Geonames Search at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) - reference for location names

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