NUTS statistical regions of Bulgaria

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Current NUTS 2 regions of Bulgaria (six regions)

In the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) codes of Bulgaria (BG), the three levels are:

Level Subdivisions #
NUTS 1 Regions (Rayoni) 2
NUTS 2 Planning regions (Rayoni za planirane) 6
NUTS 3 Oblasts (Podregioni) 28

NUTS codes[edit]

NUTS 1 Code NUTS 2 Code NUTS 3 Code
Northern and
Eastern Bulgaria
BG3 Severozapaden


BG31 Vidin Province BG311
Montana Province BG312
Vratsa Province BG313
Pleven Province BG314
Lovech Province BG315
Severen tsentralen

(Northern Central)

BG32 Veliko Tarnovo Province BG321
Gabrovo Province BG322
Ruse Province BG323
Razgrad Province BG324
Silistra Province BG325


BG33 Varna Province BG331
Dobrich Province BG332
Shumen Province BG333
Targovishte Province BG334


BG34 Burgas Province BG341
Sliven Province BG342
Yambol Province BG343
Stara Zagora Province BG344
South-Western and
South-Central Bulgaria
BG4 Yugozapaden


BG41 Sofia City BG411
Sofia Province BG412
Blagoevgrad Province BG413
Pernik Province BG414
Kyustendil Province BG415
Yuzhen tsentralen

(Southern Central)

BG42 Plovdiv Province BG421
Haskovo Province BG422
Pazardzhik Province BG423
Smolyan Province BG424
Kardzhali Province BG425

In the 2003 version, the codes were as follows:

BG1 North Bulgaria
BG11 North West
BG111 Vidin
BG112 Montana
BG113 Vratsa
BG12 North Central
BG121 Pleven
BG122 Lovech
BG123 Veliko Tarnovo
BG124 Gabrovo
BG125 Ruse
BG13 North East
BG131 Varna
BG132 Dobrich
BG133 Shumen
BG134 Targovishte
BG135 Razgrad
BG136 Silistra
BG2 South Bulgaria
BG21 South West
BG211 Grad Sofiya
BG212 Sofiya
BG213 Blagoevgrad
BG214 Pernik
BG215 Kyustendil
BG22 South Central
BG221 Plovdiv
BG222 Stara Zagora
BG223 Haskovo
BG224 Pazardzhik
BG225 Smolyan
BG226 Kardzhali
BG23 South East
BG231 Burgas
BG232 Sliven
BG233 Yambol

Local administrative units[edit]

Below the NUTS levels, the two LAU (Local Administrative Units) levels are:

Level Subdivisions #
LAU 1 Municipalities (Obshtini) 264
LAU 2 Settlements (Naseleni mesta) 5302

The LAU codes of Bulgaria can be downloaded here: [1]Page white excel.png

NUTS 2 regions redrawing[edit]

Some of the present NUTS II regions of Bulgaria no longer meet the relevant technical requirements, mostly due to general population decline and increasing regional disproportion. A 2013 study by FLGR Consult commissioned by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works analyzed the state and trends of change in the characteristics of these regions to identify several options for the pending redrawing of the NUTS II map of the country. The process was restarted in 2017 with certain modified versions considered, and final decision due by the end of 2018.[1][2] The relevant Regional Development (Amendment) Bill, released for public consultation by the Council of Ministers in October 2018, is based on a four-regions version chosen from the shortlist of three options developed by an inter-ministerial working group lead by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ S. Okov. Bulgaria May Redraw Regional Borders to Maintain Flow of EU Cash. Bloomberg, 26 February 2018
  2. ^ L. Ivanov. NUTS II Regions of Bulgaria: Proposal submitted to the inter-ministerial working group on the development of options for the redrawing of Bulgarian NUTS Level 2 Boundaries. Sofia, November 2017 (in Bulgarian and English)
  3. ^ Regional Development (Amendment) Bill. Council of Ministers: Portal for Public Consultation, 4 October – 6 November 2018 (in Bulgarian)