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This article is about a town in Bulgaria. For other uses, see Breznik (disambiguation).
Breznik is located in Bulgaria
Location of Breznik
Coordinates: 42°44′N 22°53′E / 42.733°N 22.883°E / 42.733; 22.883Coordinates: 42°44′N 22°53′E / 42.733°N 22.883°E / 42.733; 22.883
Country Bulgaria
 • Mayor Hristo Milenkov
Elevation 756 m (2,480 ft)
Population (2004-12-15)
 • Total 4,489
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2360
Area code(s) 07751

Breznik (Bulgarian: Брезник) is a town in western Bulgaria, 50 km away from Sofia. It is located in Pernik Province and is close to the towns of Bankya and Pernik. It has 4,500 inhabitants. Villages in the municipality include Dushintsi and Velkovtsi.

Breznik was first mentioned in the 11th-century Story of Isaiah and Bulgarian Apocryphal Chronicle as БР(Ѣ)ЗНИКЪ; it was already a city by then. The town was mentioned throughout the 15th-19th centuries, attesting its continuous existence. Its name is derived from the Bulgarian word breznik, referring to a birch forest, from the word for birch, бреза (breza). It is cognate to the Czech placename Březník.[1]


Breznik Heights on Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Breznik.


  1. ^ Чолева-Димитрова, Анна М. (2002). Селищни имена от Югозападна България: Изследване. Речник (in Bulgarian). София: Пенсофт. p. 102. ISBN 954-642-168-5. OCLC 57603720.